|Edinburgh Science Festival 2014|
Here's my post on the Edinburgh Science Festival this year, which ran from the 5th-20th April and featured a milliiion different events all themed around science (yeah, science!).
First off, I headed to Summerhall for Edinburgh Science Festival's special pre-festival blogger evening on the 25th March.. it was full of cocktail & food experiments, craft beer tastings from Edinburgh's very own Barney's Beer and, my personal favourite, liquid nitrogen-infused prosecco sorbet..!
Barney's Beer were on the hit-list at the event too, and we all sampled some of their smashing (well.. I would say smashing if I liked beer!!) beer. As usual, I passed mine along to Gillian during the night. She's my go-to beer drinker. In fact, here is her in action:
|Blurry or what..? Sorry guys!|
Next up, it was the turn of the prestigious Feast of the Commonwealth, held at Edinburgh's Dynamic Earth on Friday 11th April. After initially turning my invite down, as I had a birthday house party that evening, I then decided to attend before the party.. and I was not let down! This was my personal highlight of the Science Festival this year. Perhaps in part because the food was amazing and it introduced me to lots of independent food retailers which I had previously passed up in Edinburgh (e.g. The Chocolate Tree and Eteaket Tea). It also introduced me to an amaziiiing fruit, foraged a few miles from Edinburgh, called Sea Buckthorn. It basically tasted like mango smoothie when juiced up in test-tubes on our table (ooh! Fancy!). It also featured as pride of place within our desserts.. Why, you ask? The whole event was curated in order to celebrate every country within the commonwealth's indigenous fruits and vegetables; with each table given a commonwealth country's name. It also marked 100 days until the Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014.. go Scotland! After a few lovely talks by indigenous fruit experts, the host Tony Singh, and chefs for the evening: Neil Forbes & Tom Lewis, we got down to the eating..!
Here are all the glorious highlights of that night in full technicolour..
|Feast of the Commonwealth|
|Starter: Smoked Trout with New Potatoes, dressed with rapeseed oil, roasted beetroot & horseradish cream|
|Main: Roasted Chicken with a watercress & herb crust, served with dauphinoise potatoes, cafe au lait sauce & buttered vegetables|
|Dessert: Chocolate & Rapeseed Oil Tear with Hazelnut Praline, Rhubarb Pureé & Chocolate Crumb served with Sea Buckthorn Curd|
... Are you hungry yet? I am!
And, we finished the night with a little gratuitous selfie (of course!)
|Terri, Gillian, me & Iona. Photo by Iona|
|Iona, Vickie, me & Gillian. Photo by Chris Scott|
Did you attend the Edinburgh Science Festival this year..? What were your highlights? Mine was definitely the discovery of Sea Buckthorn!