Raise a glass to the best of drinks
Distillers, brewers and blenders line up for The Scotsman’s new showcase of food and drink
There will be plenty to toast at The Scotsman’s new foodie event this autumn in Edinburgh. Gin, whisky, vodka and craft ales will be in the mix when some of the UK’S finest producers gather for the Scotland Food & Drink Show at Ingliston on 14-15 October.
It won’t, however, all be alcoholic drinks on show at the free-to-attend two-day event; already tea specialist PMD is making preparation to exhibit its teas imported directly from Ceylon
PM David Silva & Sons was established in 1945 in the fertile Maskeliya Valley and has grown from a small independent tea shop for tea plantation workers to become a specialist tea transporter and plantation supplier. Three generations on, the family firm imports hand-plucked and ethicallysourced teas into the UK.
Bringing a drink from a little closer to home will be Laprig Valley. The farmbased producer from Greenlaw in Berwickshire uses traditional methods to create pure fresh apple juice.
With gin being the spirit of the moment, it is hardly surprising that some of Scotland’s finest gin distillers are lining up to be at what is set to be one of highlights of the foodie calendar this autumn.
The Wine & Spirit Trade Association reported gin sales broke the £1 billion mark in the on and off-trade for the first time in the UK last year.
Pickerings has been adding to that growth with its gin made at Summerhall Distillery in what was once the Dick Vet School in Edinburgh. It’s not all serious stuff and by October – with Christmas firmly on the horizon – we hope founders Marcus Pickering and Matt Gammell will pack some of their clever little Gin Baubles for the show
Another distiller lined up for the show is Blackford Craft Distillery. This family-run microdistillery based in a 19th century farm steading near Inverurie in Aberdeenshire, launched Vesperis, a botanical vodka this summer
Distilled like gin, using organic grain spirit, organic heather honey, wild harvested heather and seasonal organic apples, the vodka can be sipped neat or used in cocktails.
And the word is that a Vesperis gin will be out in the autumn, with ambitions to use apples from the Simes’ own orchard in a Scottish Calvados in the future.
Another spirit specialist to look out for is In Vodka Veritas. It specialises in infusing the vodka with fine ingredients – creating fruity to quirky savoury flavours.
Eden Mill at Guardbridge in Fife makes gin, whisky and craft ales. Although the show might be too soon to sample its maiden single malt whisky which is due to be released next year, Eden Mill’s intriguing gins and creative ales are more than enough reason to raise a glass to the Scotland Food & Drink Show.
The Scotsman has teamed up with with some of Scotland’s leading growers, producers and retailers so the two-day event will see businesses – both small and large – demonstrating why they are the best.
“And there is still time for anyone in the food and drink industry to get involved,” says show organiser Rebecca Thompson, who can be contacted on 0131 311 7237.
There will be tastings and demonstrations – just as you would expect at any good food show, but what will make The Scotsman’s event unique will be themed areas – including a dedicated children’s area and careers’ fair.
Although the emphasis of the Scotland Food & Drink Show is all about enjoying food and drink, there will be chance to learn more about the industry and its career opportunities.
There will be a careers space where the foodies of the future will be able to find out about working in the industry.
Advice will be available about working in hospitality, farming and manufacturing from both colleges and training providers, as well as professionals who are forging successful careers themselves.
An exciting line-up of chefs, producers and distillers will be sharing their secrets in a packed programme of cooking demonstrations and master classes.
The Scotsman is working with sponsors and exhibitors to create a great family day out and with Lothian Buses as a partner there will be a free bus service from the city centre to the venue, the Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston.
Watch out for more details of the Scotland Food & Drink Show 2017 as we count down to the event over the coming weeks.
Craft distillers and brewers will be at the Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston in October.