Side Dishes (9 July 2009)

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Big Tent Festival

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The Big Tent Festival in the lovely setting of Falkland Palace’s orchard and grounds takes place over the weekend of Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 July. As the biggest eco-festival in Scotland, and the birthplace of the award-winning Fife Diet a couple of years back, good food is a significant part of the event with a genuinely local emphasis – chow down on a venison pie from Fletchers of Auchtermuchty, fresh salads from Pillars of Hercules and ice cream from Leven’s GGs. There’s also an organic beer tent run by the Black Isle Brewery, food demos and a new café in the campsite. Ticket hotline is 01592 611101 or visit

Remember when coffee bars started appearing in bookshops and everyone thought it was the greatest advance in culture since the Renaissance? Well, there’s now a café located right beside the largest collection of books, manuscripts, maps and newspapers in the country, at the National Library of Scotland on George IV Bridge in Edinburgh. Part of the remodelled visitor centre in the entrance to the library, the café serves good-quality tea and coffee, fresh sandwiches, snacks, cakes, beer and wine. See

Best known for its curry houses, Sanjay Majhu’s Harlequin Restaurant Group has opened up another tapas bar in the former Spice of Life restaurant at 1293 Argyle Street Glasgow. Under the banner of Tapas International, it resurrects that classic all-things-to-all-people with downsized portions of Spanish, Thai, Indian, Chinese, Mediterranean, American and Scottish dishes. Bookings on 0141 337 6378 or

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