Six of the best food and drink experiences in Scotland
- Louise Stoddart
- 20 January 2017
Immersive food experiences that will conquer a fear of heights or take you to the land of Westeros
Contrary to stereotypes, Scotland's gastronomic offerings stretch further than haggis, whisky and deep fried Mars bars. It boasts one of the most interesting and diverse restaurant scenes in the UK, with more than 10 Michelin-starred restaurants throughout the country.
But it's not all about dining out – there's a host of food and drink related events, classes and experiences on offer from the Outer Hebrides right down to the Scottish Borders. We've picked out six of the country's most interesting culinary activities, giving you the chance to delve deeper into the land of food and drink.
Glasgow in the Sky
Following its huge success in London, Events in the Sky is coming to Glasgow in June, serving dinner at a table that's suspended 100 feet in the air by a mobile crane. Diners can watch as the chef prepares each dish from the pop up kitchen at the centre of the table. Chaophraya are one of many restaurants that will be involved.
Glasgow in the Sky, George Square, Thu 15–Sun 18 Jun. Events in the Sky will also visit London, Newcastle, Bristol and Southampton in summer 2017.
Remember Edinburgh's first supper club, Charlie and Evelyn's Table? Well founders Chris and Rachel are back after a brief stint in London where Chris studied at Leith's School of Food and Wine. Now they're based at Ballintaggart Farm, Pitlochry where they've converted the steading into a destination for food lovers. During their stay, guests are treated to a menu that reflects the seasons and showcases the surrounding natural larder. There are cookery workshops and feast nights to get stuck into, too.
Tales of the Cocktail
In April, the world renowned cocktail conference and festival heads to Edinburgh for a four-day drinks extravaganza. Tales of the Cocktail's annual event is normally held in New Orleans every July, but it goes on tour once a year, choosing Europe (for the first time ever) as its destination. Leading hospitality professionals from around the world will flee to the city for a series of events which aim to educate and inspire cocktail aficionados and those that just want to celebrate the city's famous cocktail culture.
Tales of the Cocktail, Edinburgh, Sat 1–Tue 4 Apr.
Game of Thrones Pop Up Bar
The Game of Thrones pop up bar, Blood & Wine, has been so successful that the brains of the operation have decided to extend their tenancy in Daylight Robbery until Thu 23 Feb. If you're a GoT fan (or just plain curious), then check out how The Pop Up Geeks have recreated the land of Westeros with Arbor Gold and Frey Pies.
Blood and Wine, Daylight Robbery, Edinburgh, until Thu 23 Feb.
If you're aged 14–21 and looking to improve your culinary skills, then it's worth looking into one of Root Camp's summer courses. Founded by Cassia Kidron in 2010, the cookery school aims to bridge the gap between the increasingly urbanised societies we live in and the rural communities that supply us with our food. By growing and sourcing ingredients directly from the field as well as preparing and cooking meals for classmates, the courses give students a chance to work in both the kitchen and the farm.
Root Camp, The Isle of Bute, course dates announced early February.
Bread Making at Bread Matters
Andrew Whitley is the author of Bread Matters, co-founder of the UK's Real Bread Campaign and is busy developing a project to help build a local grain economy. On top of that, he and his wife Veronica run a series of breadmaking courses that are suitable for beginners and bread pros, including Daily Bread, Baking for a Living and Baking with Heritage Grains.
Bread Matters, West Linton, courses available throughout the year.