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Edinburgh Fringe Food and Drink top picks: Dram & Smoke Campfire pop-up

Following a sold out run last year, Dram & Smoke has returned to The Edinburgh Festival Fringe with a brand new pop-up that's as enjoyable as it sounds, finds Sean Murphy

Published: August 16, 2017
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Edinburgh natives Paul Ross and Nick Fulton, who launched Dram & Smoke in celebration of Scotland's excellent natural larder, have transformed the dramatic setting of a former biscuit factory in Leith, into an exciting new food and drink pop-up.

Comprised of two ticketed experiences: a top-floor dining event with live music dubbed The Campfire Feasts and, on the ground floor, The Campfire Cocktail Experience with Talisker; the single malt Scotch Whisky from the Isle of Skye.

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Drawing on the nostalgia, flavours and ambience of an adventure by the campfire where the culinary wonders of a fleeting Scottish summertime the new event aims to re-capture childhood camping adventures.

Head Chef, Nick said: “We create dishes that are inspired by our home country and we love bigging up the world-class ingredients found there. We are increasingly popping up in both London and Scotland and are delighted to be heading back to our hometown after an unbelievable summer there last year.”

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The team say the Biscuit Factory in Leith provides a fitting backdrop for guests to be transported to "a woodland hideaway for the evening where they can experience an element of adventure".

Expect flickering camping lanterns, the aroma of pine and smoke, canvas bell tents and tartan blankets as you enjoy some of the amazing culinary and cocktail creations on offer.

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The £40 four-course Campfire Feasts menu sees diners sitting at reclaimed timber communal tables, served from an open kitchen, with 'sporks', mess tins, picnic hampers and a host of other camping paraphernalia the order of the day.

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Don't let the simple lay out fool you though as dishes from the 'Campfire menu' feature stunning dishes as the carve-at-the table main course of Pork Ribeye Roast and Venison Cumberland served with Campfire Beans, Rosemary Polenta Chips, Chargrilled Baby Gem & Arran Mustard.

Perhaps the most fun course, the Dessert sees a nod to the classic outdoor pursuit of roasting marshmallows over the fire and brings proceedings to an indulgent close – Barbecued Pineapple, S’mores Ice Cream Sandwich, Trail Mix Brittle, Raspberry & Talisker Whisky Syrup.

Should you be looking for something a little less foodie, then The Campfire Cocktail Experience with Talisker, offers a full programme of
separately ticketed masterclasses running throughout the month.

During these interactive sessions, which cost £10pp and include two drinks, guests will be tutored on the ins and outs of creating great whisky cocktails whilst rolling up their sleeves to put what they learn into practice.

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Dram & Smoke Campfire Feasts will be open for one ticketed dinner service per night from Wednesday to Sunday with the ground floor bar area open for walk-ins throughout.

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