Category Archives: Food

Feeding the 5,000: 12 – 4pm, 5th October, Bristo Square and Potterrow

On Saturday 5th October, in Edinburgh’s Bristo Square, 5,000 people will be invited to share a deli­cious free meal from ingredi­ents that might oth­er­wise have been thrown away.

 Time: October 5, 2013 from 12pm to 4pm
Location: Bristo Square and Potterrow
Organized By: Nourish Scotland

Event Description:
On Saturday 5th October, in Edinburgh’s Bristo Square, 5,000 people will be invited to share a deli­cious free meal cre­ated by volun­teers, celebrity chefs and com­munity groups from ingredi­ents that might oth­er­wise have been thrown away. The meal will be served between noon and 4pm. 
This will be the very first time that Scotland has hos­ted a Feeding the5000 event ( and fol­lows events in cit­ies around the world includ­ing London, Sydney and New York.
This event is being co-ordin­ated by Nourish Scotland in close co-oper­a­tion with sev­er­al part­ners includ­ing the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Students’ Association , the City of Edinburgh Council and Zero Waste Scotland.
The fest­iv­al will raise the pub­lic’s aware­ness of the whole food agenda and provide every­one with an oppor­tun­ity to con­trib­ute to a big con­ver­sa­tion about what sort of food strategy we would like for Edinburgh in the com­ing years and dec­ades. 
You can find out more about Edible Edinburgh at:
If you would like to volun­teer, there are 3 dif­fer­ent volun­teer­ing oppor­tun­it­ies. Please apply through EUSA’s volun­teer­ing web­site to the volun­teer role that you would like to take on using the links below.
NOTE: If you are not a stu­dent at the University of Edinburgh then you will NOT be able to apply through EUSA volun­teer­ing web­site but look at the dif­fer­ent roles lis­ted and instead please e‑ with a short applic­a­tion includ­ing your:

Which role you are inter­ested in
Availability for that role
Whether you can attend the train­ing if applic­able for that role
E‑mail address
Phone num­ber.

3 Volunteer Roles:
Social research­er —
Steward —
Practical volun­teer (set­ting up the event) —
If you need fur­ther inform­a­tion about the event, please email
We hope that you will join us on 5th October in Bristo Square for this excit­ing event!

See more details and RSVP on Nourish Scotland:

Apple Festival, 12 – 4pm, 6th October at the Botanics

Apple Festival

From 12.00 noon — 4.00 pm at the John Hope Gateway

An annu­al cel­eb­ra­tion of apples. The Saturday will fea­ture apple advice and iden­ti­fic­a­tion from 10am whilst the Sunday will include apple juice tast­ing. See and taste a wide selec­tion of apple vari­et­ies from 12pm both days, and find out how to grow them your­self.

This event is also run­ning from 10am — 4pm on Saturday 5 October.

With the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society.

Midmar Allotments Open Day: 2 – 5pm, Saturday 24th August

Please come and look around our award-win­ning site; relax in Midmar Café and enjoy deli­cious home bak­ing and refresh­ments whilst tak­ing in the beau­ti­ful views of Edinburgh. Fresh allot­ment pro­duce, flowers, jams and pre­serves avail­able. Try your luck in the tombola.

Open from 2 – 5pm

Saturday 24th August

Entry via two gates on Midmar Drive in South Edinburgh, EH10 6BU

Let’s Join the Food Revolution: Film at St. Philip’s, Sunday 25 August 7.30 – 9.30pm

Growing Change is a spir­ited film about the prob­lems with the cur­rent food sys­tem and the food revolu­tion tak­ing place in Venezuela. Full of
inspir­ing char­ac­ters, stun­ning land­scapes and thought pro­vok­ing insights into how we might trans­form our food sys­tem.

This will be fol­lowed by a dis­cus­sion on how we might have our own loc­al food revolu­tion in Scotland: with Justin Kenrick and Eva Schonveld
from Transition Scotland, Mary Mulligan from Christian Aid and Jane Herbstritt from the World Development Movement.

Portobello Market, Saturday 3rd August

Will the heat wave come to the mar­ket!? Who knows, but it does­n’t mat­ter either way because there’s always a warm atmo­sphere and lots of fun to be had at the mar­ket.

There’ll be live music and face paint­ing of course.

It’s been a great year so far for Portobello Market, and August looks like a bump­er crop of traders, the most so far this year. We’ll even have a real espresso cof­fee van on site! Woohoo! 

Our loy­al reg­u­lars are there with their organ­ic meats, breads, fruit & veg, oils, cheeses, candles, soaps and garden fur­niture, togeth­er with crafts, out­door garden fur­niture, plants, nat­ur­al rem­ed­ies & ther­apies. The list goes on. Amazing vari­ety!

Check out the PEDAL web­site for more details and for a full list of stall­hold­ers.

So come along between 9.30 and 1.30 at Brighton Park on Brighton Place, Portobello, and join in the fun.

Orchard Workday

Apple Day Celebration, 29th September 2−4.30

Orchard poster Apple Day 2012PEDAL is hold­ing its third apple day cel­eb­ra­tion on Saturday 29 September from 2−4.30 pm at the Donkeyfield Community orch­ard, Brunstane Road South.  We will be press­ing apples to make our own deli­cious juice — please bring a bottle to take some away in.  We also hope to have some of our own tasty apples for you to taste.  There will be a bon­fire, refresh­ments and home bak­ing, plus fun and games (includ­ing apple dook­ing and bat the rat!).

Please bring some home bak­ing if you are able, and any spare apples you may have.  Please con­tact Jane  <> if you know of any apples that need pick­ing from loc­al trees.

All wel­come — we hope you can join us.

Apple Day Poster

Edinburgh Blasda 16th September, Leith

2 – 7 pm, Sunday 16 September

Out of the Blue, Dalmeny Street, Leith

Now in its second year, Blasda will be help­ing cel­eb­rate all that is good with loc­al food through a series of events run by com­munit­ies cafes and cooks in loc­a­tions ran­ging from Barra to Edinburgh dur­ing Food and Drink Fortnight.

Blasda, which is co-ordin­ated by the Fife Diet, pro­motes a vibrant new food cul­ture that cel­eb­rates loc­al her­it­age and vari­ation, but is based on eat­ing loc­ally-sourced fresh food which can be a boost to the eco­nomy and eco­logy of Scotland.

With events includ­ing mass lunches, pot luck pic­nics and pub­lic feasts plus ceilidhs, talks and food films across Scotland there really will be some­thing for every­one!

Blasda are also pleased to announce a mobile ele­ment to the fest­iv­it­ies this year with a rov­ing set of work­shops on how to ‘grow your own’ being pro­moted by the chip-fat oil powered Seed Truck and the Culture Kitchen Relay run by Hidden Gardens which will be swap­ping recipes between com­munit­ies as it travels! 

Edinburgh Blasda Workshops, Out of the Blue, Leith


Ally Tibbitt from Greener Leith will hold a ‘loc­al food audit’ look­ing at what’s avail­able across Edinburgh and map­ping allot­ments, loc­al food pro­jects, cafes, com­munity grow­ing schemes, loc­al food shops. Come along, bring your loc­al know­ledge (and your laptop) and fill in the gaps.


Greig Robertson (Edinburgh Communty Backgreens Association, Edible Estates) on who’s grow­ing what and where. Talk fol­lowed by tour of nearby Sunshine on Leith com­munity garden.


Phoebe Weller (Roving Fromagerie) on the pro­lif­er­a­tion  of qual­ity artis­an cheese-mak­ing and tra­di­tions they’re draw­ing on. Come along for a taste of the best cheese in Scotland.

STALLS / EXHIBITORS 2.00 – 7.00 pm 

Breadshare with the Seed Truck ped­al-powered mill bike (Fergus), Community Gardens (Sunshine on Leith, Redbraes Strawberry Field, Lochend Secret Garden and vari­ous),  Changeworks, Zapatista Coffee, Mcleods Organics, Foragable teas and infu­sions (Anna Canning), Leith Open Space ‘World Kitchen’ (Fay Young), Fife Diet’s Smoothie Bike with fruit from Edinburgh com­munity garden pro­jects with Diane Burn.Reception (sponsored by William Bros) 6.00 — 7.00

The acclaimed Centotre and the Scottish Cafe will be fea­tur­ing a full Scottish menu as part of the Blasda cel­eb­ra­tions.

 For a full list­ing of Blasda events check out the inter­act­ive map at

Nourish Conference: Scotland’s food 2020 — healthier, wealthier, greener, smarter, fairer?

28th and 29th September

Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

In the worst grow­ing sea­son for years, with dairy industry protests, the pig sec­tor under pres­sure and US drought push­ing grain prices to a record high, we face some big choices about the future of Scotland’s food. The Nourish con­fer­ence will explore Food 2.0 — a food sys­tem which feeds every­one well and afford­ably while deliv­er­ing vibrant, diverse and cli­mate-smart loc­al food eco­nom­ies.

Friday’s ses­sion will include a key­note address from Anya Hultberg from Copenhagen’s House of Food, which has con­ver­ted 75% of the city’s pub­lic food to organ­ic. On the Saturday the con­fer­ence will look­ing at how com­munity groups, NGOs, small pro­du­cers and con­cerned cit­izens can work togeth­er for a bet­ter food sys­tem.

 N.B Nourish are look­ing for loc­al organ­ic pro­du­cers to sup­ply sea­son­al food for the event, which the cater­ing team at QMU will cook. Please get in touch (see below) if you can offer some pro­duce in return for a free place at the event.

More inform­a­tion at soon. Meanwhile for more inform­a­tion or to offer to be a sup­pli­er, con­tact Pete Ritchie on phone 0131 243 2732 or 07794 610148

Portobello Market Day 2nd June

Saturday 2nd June is Portobello Market day!

 It’s the Royal Jubilee week­end this time round, so come along to the mar­ket for the first class traders and some great enter­tain­ment for the hol­i­day week­end.

This month:

Annie D will be there with her renowned face paint­ing skills, plus Phil is back­with his Woodland Crafts work­shops, Fin Loening & friends will provide some great music and this month a spe­cial out­door Zumba class with a dif­fer­ence! Come along and find out.

And of course, all our usu­al traders and a few more will be there for your shop­ping needs, from award win­ning oils, fresh fish, loc­ally pro­duced fresh meats, con­tin­ent­al deli products, great fresh bread, artis­an cheeses, hand-made soaps, cards & gifts, sea­son­al veg­gies, sushi & noodles, organ­ic herb­al teas, knit­ted crafts, Fair Trade products and a first class BBQ for all you hungry mouths.

So come along on the 2nd and sup­port your loc­al sus­tain­able mar­ket and enjoy some great enter­tain­ment.

Where?  Brighton Park, Brighton Place, Portobello, Edinburgh, EH15 1LJ.

Time?  9.30am – 1.30pm

A full list of stall­hold­ers is avail­able on the web­site: HERE

See you there.