In Review: the Shandon Local Food Fair, 24 March 2012


We held our 3rd Shandon Local Food Fair on Saturday, 24th March at Polwarth Church Hall.  We would like to thank all helpers, stall holders, donors of prizes and, of course, the shoppers! 

Great Stalls for Food Shopping
John Muir Country Store Arran cheeses and oatcakes; Creelers fish and seafood; Whitmuir farm meat, eggs and bread; Lila’s Cupcakes; Dough re mi cupcakes and bakery;  Garvald bakery; Oxenfoord organic veg, flowers and preserves; The Magic Teapot (tea and dried fruits); Phantassie (veg, fruit and preserves).

Cards and Gifts 
We branched out from food a little with Phoenix Cards, local glass made by Symphony, Emma’s Jewellery and Small Green Spaces’ window boxes and garden accessories.

Well Hung and Tender cooked their bacon, Aberdeen Angus burgers and sausages at the barbecue and in the café; there were veggie treats courtesy of Eclectic Picnic; glasses of Laprig apple juice; hot drinks and mugs of home-made soup (courtesy of our chef, Ally Boyd). 

Information Stalls
Information and picture boards from our own events and the Royal Edinburgh Community Garden were on display. Information was also available on veg boxes, Zero Waste Scotland, Gorgie Farm and the Steamiebakehouse Community Bakery.

Kids’ Activities
Kids had great fun with a quiz sheet, drawing wall, colouring in, decorating chocolate eggs and making cress head people.


Thank you to the following for donating prizes for our Food Fair raffle and tombola:

Raffle Prizes
Kharma Hairdressing 2 x Cut and Blow Dry
Ally Boyd – meal and cookery class for 2
Caley Sample Room -3 Course Meal for 2
Creelers Restaurant Meal (£25)
bia bistrot Set Offer Meal for 2 (£22)
Andrew Mill & The Stolen Pirates – acoustic concert at your house!
Winehouse Vouchers
Aisling Baskill 30-minute massage
Revive shoulder massage
John Muir cheese hamper
Oxenfoord Veg hamper
Pollination bouquet
Fletchers of Auchtermuchty £15 Seriously Good Venison
Bonnington Farm Organic Eggs – 4 dozen eggs

Tombola Prizes
Fruit hamper
Summer Harvest Oils £10 Voucher
Peelham farm £10 Voucher
Summer Harvest Oils £10 Voucher
Trotters Preserves – Selection of Chutneys
Edinburgh Food Larder – 2 jars of homemade jam and chutney
Stichill Jerseys – £5 Voucher
The Chocolate Tree – 3 small bars of chocolate
Gusto Catering – chilli and garlic dressing
Standhill Cheesery – Trimontium Truckle hard cheese

Thanks to all the stall holders for their prize donations (not all listed above).

As you can see from the pictures below, we also had a famous face at the Fair.  None other than Ian Rankin! He popped in and did a bit of shopping at some of our food stalls.  Later that evening, he tweeted: “Went to @shandonfood Local Food Fair. 3 tombola tickets won me 2 prizes. Bought cheese and curly kale but am eating chocolate…”. 

All in all, the day was a great success.  Thanks again to everyone who made it such a fantastic event.

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