February fairly zipped in, bringing the first Monday of March around with unexpectedly rapidity. Still surfing the crest of the goodwill wave from the launch event, we attracted another bumper crowd, perhaps even a few in excess of the first event, which was a really pleasant surprise.
Once compere Blythe had done his usual whatnots, first up was Caroline Rye. Aside from having recently taken over as leader of Edinburgh Slow Food, Caroline has been one of the driving forces behind Dig-In Brunstfield. She gave us a valuable insight into the sheer amount of effort that has been put in to take this project from a spark of an idea to a fast-approaching reality.
Next we had Vicky MacDonald, Edinburgh Markets‘ Market Operator. Vicky told us about some upcoming open days that will mark the relaunch of the St Mary’s Market, with the focus now on innovative street food.
Customers can expect gourmet buffalo burgers from Puddledub Buffalo, hot-filled Ninja Buns from The Food Party, pulled pork from Jones & Son BBQ, fresh noodles from Nusou, bratwurst and crepes from Café Crepes, macarons from Mademoiselle Macaron and focaccia from Breadshare Community Bakery. Edinburgh Markets has also teamed up with the nearby Conan Doyle pub so that market customers can benefit from discounts off drinks.
Rounding things out was Danielle Ellis from Edinburgh Foody, Edinburgh’s premier food blog. Danielle has just returned from a working trip to France where she spent a couple weeks in a local bakery. The audience was entertained with tales of three different ways to the same baking outcome and the frustrations inherent for an apprentice. Along with the delicious Swedish bread she’d brought as a little sample of her baking prowess, it provided a wonderful conclusion to the first part of the evening.
The audience then took over, with discussions going on well into the evening. It was another great night, so thanks once more to Hemma for hosting.
See y’all again next month.