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Everything you need to know about Fabulous Food Fest

Here is everything you need to know about Fabulous Food Fest, Scotland's newest food and drink festival.

Published: August 10, 2016
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What is it?

New this year, Fabulous Food Fest is a celebration of East Lothian’s fantastic array of food and drink.

Created in association with Fringe-by- the-Sea, Fabulous Food Fest is situated in the beautiful town of North Berwick, only a 30-minute train ride away from Edinburgh.

Some of East Lothian’s finest stallholders will fill the North Berwick Harbour, whilst a selection of top chefs, including Jak O’Donnell (The Sisters Restaurant) and Derek Johnstone (The Golf Inn), will offer chef demonstrations and entertainment throughout the course of the six days. A full menu of entertainment is on offer for all ages and tastes, from Tickles the Clown’s fun food show for the young foodies to the inaugural North Berwick Cake Off for budding bakers, plus much much more.

With the striking North Berwick backdrop, come rain or shine, and ‘fabulous’ food and entertainment on offer, the festival makes a great haven away from the madness of the Edinburgh Festival.

Where?

Fabulous Food Fest is located at North Berwick Harbour.

When?

The festival runs from Tuesday 9th – Sunday 14th August, from 10am – 4pm each day.

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Tickets?

Entry to the festival is free. Tickets for entertainment shows are £10.

Getting there:

North Berwick is a 33-minute train journey from Edinburgh Waverley Station.

Once arrived, it’s a 15-minute walk from the station to the harbour. Alternatively, North Berwick is a 50-minute drive from Edinburgh on the A1.

Highlights

Fabulous Food Made Easy

Join renowned chef, Jaqueline O’Donnell of The Sisters Restaurant in Glasgow for a cookery demonstration of fabulous food made easy on Tuesday and Wednesday at 10am.

Having run her Glasgow restaurants for over 17 years now, Jaqueline is an accomplished chef, who specialises in making ‘superb, simple Scottish food’ in a warm and cosy atmosphere.

Tickets are available on the website and are £10 per person.

Ready Steady Cook

The festival takes visitors on a trip down memory lane with Ready Steady Cook and four of East Lothian’s top chefs.

Richard Wire, Head Chef at The Archerfield Walled Garden and Stephen Allison, Chef at Nether Abbey Hotel will take part in the cook off on Wednesday 10 th at 2pm, while Derek Johnstone, MasterChef: The Professionals winner and John Paul McLachlan, renowned chef, will battle it out on Friday 12 th at 2pm.

Derek Johnstone is one of the chefs taking part in Ready Steady Cook on Friday at 2pm. Picture: Fabulous Food Fest

Derek Johnstone is one of the chefs taking part in Ready Steady Cook on Friday at 2pm. Picture: Fabulous Food Fest

The chefs will be provided with a bag of ingredients to the value of £10. One chef will be the red tomato and the other the green pepper. They will each have to cook something to impress both the audience and the compere. But it is the audience who will decide the winner by holding up either a red tomato or a green pepper.

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Tickets are available on the website and are £10 per person.

North Berwick Cake Off

Accomplished bakers, Verity Sinclair and Gareth Glen, selected six lucky applicants to go forward into the Cake Off heats on Tuesday 9 th August at 12pm and 2pm. Contestants will be challenged to make their tastiest vegetable cake. Be it carrot, beetroot, courgette or perhaps something more unusual, they are encouraged to be as creative as they like.

Three Sisters Bake are the ambassadors for the Cake Off. Picture: FFF

Three Sisters Bake are the ambassadors for the Cake Off. Picture: FFF

No cake competition is complete without the grand showstopper finale, and the North Berwick Cake Off will be no different. A winner from each heat will go through to the final on Thursday 11 th August. They should be prepared to pull out all the stops in creating their biggest, best, fanciest or quirkiest showstopper in an attempt to win the first ever Cake Off crown and a prize of £250.

Tickets are available on the website and are £10 per person.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is it wheelchair friendly? "Yes"

Can I take pictures at the event? "Yes, please do! And if posting on social media tag us in or use #FabFoodFest"

How do I pay for things at the event? "Tickets for entertainment can be purchased in advance online. When purchasing produce from stalls, cash will be needed.

Social Media

Twitter: @Fab_FoodFest

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Fabulousfoodfest

Website: http://www.fabulousfoodfest.org.uk/

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