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Scran season 7: A foodie's day out at the Edinburgh festivals

The latest episode of our podcast Scran is now live.

Published: August 11, 2023
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It's that time of year again when performers, promoters and tourists from all over the world flock to Edinburgh to become part of the biggest arts festival in the world. 

Where there is art there is food and drink and on this episode I find out more about some of the food and drink shows that you can go along to at this year's festival. 

I started my day at the ever-popular Pleasance Courtyard where I went along to the Big Bite Size Breakfast Show to watch five short plays and enjoy a really delicious breakfast.

Then, heading away from the city centre (which isn't to be underrated considering how busy it is this time of year) I joined Nell Nelson from Edinburgh Food Safari on her Leith Food and Drink Walking Tour.

On the tour I heard fascinating stories of this character-full neighbourhood and enjoyed a wide variety of tasty dishes from some of the most popular eateries in the area.

The next stop was Underbelly at Bristo Square where I joined The Thinking Drinkers Pub Quiz.

Their 15th year at the fringe, drinks experts Tom Sandham and Ben McFarland have crafted a clever show that educates the audience and plies them with alcohol and entertainment for one hour and yes listeners, I managed to get myself pulled on stage, but the less that's said about that the better...

My final stop was to experience 'FOOD'. The promotional notes for it read; 'FOOD is an intimate dinner party of smell, taste and touch.

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Geoff Sobelle in FOOD at Edinburgh International Festival. Picture: Iain Masterton

The audience gathers around a dining table with sounds, scents and textures shaping a conversation about personal memories, consumption and the evolution of food production over generations'.

I talk to absurdist theatre maker Geoff Sobelle about this immersive performance which offers a meditation on how and why we eat.

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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.

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