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Guide to the 2014 Food Festivals in Scotland

by The Grumbling Tummy  Grab your diary and save the date because here are the 2014 dates for all these fantastic foodie events going on this summer and beyond. Again this year I apologies to my friends south of the border – there is just too much going on down there to list.  I hope that you might be tempted to pack your weekend bag and take a trip to try out the bonny festivals North of the border … Have ...

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Fife Comedy Festival until 13 April

Fife Comedy Festival kicked off last night with a sell-out performance by Rich Hall at The Adam Smith Theatre. Comedy acts such as Hardeep Singh Kohli, Omid Djalili, Fred MacAulay, Grant Stott and Jerry Sadowitz will be appearing at the Carnegie Hall, the Adam Smith Theatre and Rothes Hall until 13 April. Organised by Fife Cultural Trust. Above, The Confessions of Gordon Brown at the Fife Comedy Festival (p ...

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Bannockburn Live: Line up announced for June event

How do you condense a two-day battle into a 30 minute display? Malin Heen-Allan (pictured above), Clanranald director, has had to tackle this very problem for Bannockburn Live which takes place on 28 and 29 June to commemorate the 700 anniversary of the battle. The 'brutally realistic' display of the battle will take place three times each day at 12, 2 and 4pm during the two-day event.  Clanranald has worke ...

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Hidden Door Festival on next week in forgotten vaults of Edinburgh

Edinburgh's Hidden Door Festival gets underway next week in the rediscovered vaults under Market Street. From 28 March until 5 April, the not for profit event will present 80 visual artists, 50 live music acts, 40 film makers, 30 poets, 30 performers, 20 animators and 9 unique parties in 2 live music vaults, 2 bars, 1 theatre, 1 cinema and 1 secret music venue. The currently derelict vaults are to be unlock ...

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Broomhead Bothy: of picture houses, green shield stamps and stovies

How do you make your stovies? Are you a corned beef kinda gal or sausage? Starting this Friday 14 March, the Broomhead Bothy comes to the Broomhead flats in Dunfermline and, in the community flat on the ground floor, will provide weekly cookery and art workshops as well the opportunity to pop in and share stories. Tales of green shield stamps and long gone picture houses are already being shared on the proj ...

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Avocado Sweet welcomes new food writer!

Avocado Sweet is delighted to welcome food writer Hazel Cameron to the team. We will be featuring regular posts from Hazel's blog The Grumbling Tummy which she describes as covering food 'from fine dining to fish fingers and everything in-between'. It can also be reached anytime by clicking on the contributor box on the right.  Having roved around the country, Hazel settled back in Fife seven ago where she ...

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A Spoonful of Vintage at Spoon, Edinburgh: Sunday 9 March

A selection of hand-picked stalls selling ceramics, collectables and homewares from the 50s, 60s and 70s, plus mid-century furniture and vintage fashion, jewellery and accessories will pop up in retro restaurant, Spoon on Nicholson Street, Edinburgh. A Spoonful of Vintage, curated by The Vintage Vendors and Ivy Rose Vintage, includes David Walker of c20Home, Dunfermline's mid-century furniture and collectib ...

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Launch of The Kelpies, Falkirk

A spectacular night-time arts event called HOME will launch both the opening of the John Muir Way and the The Kelpies, Falkirk prior to their opening to the public on the 21st April. On two evenings, 17th and 18th April, a selection of one-off, specially-commissioned night-time artworks will illuminate Helix Park creating an extraordinary, animation of the horse head sculptures to a pulsating soundtrack. Ar ...

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Love is in the air at the Hopetoun Farm Shop – Valentine’s Cooking Masterclass

Cooking your loved one a meal on Valentine's could be the ultimate act of romance or a sure fire way to end it all. If your meal tastes like Kenny Whittle's at the Hopetoun Farm Shop's Valentine's Masterclass on 6 February, then love probably is on the cards. Watching someone else cook is always more relaxing then doing it yourself so even if you've no intention of rustling up the dishes, the masterclass is ...

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Blackfriars – new restaurant in Old Town

Blackfriars is a new independent restaurant and bar just off the Royal Mile in the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town. It occupies the site previously home to Black Bo’s, whose striking neon signage still lights up the night, and is owned and run by chef Andrew Macdonald and partner Georgie Binder. The couple, in their thirties, are seasoned hospitality professionals with experience both in Edinburgh and further ...

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