Food Fair

Saturday 8th September dawned bright and breezy, as an army of volunteers went about the task of setting up camp for the day in the grounds of Polwarth Church.  With captain Ken Morrison at the helm (forgive the mixed metaphor), the team raised the marquees for the day in a trice.

From then on there was a flurry of activity, with helpers scurrying here, there and everywhere to put up signs, arrange tables, fold up tombola tickets and get the hall ship-shape for an 11 o’clock start.

The Blue Moon Cabaret Band struck up at 11am sharp, and from then on there was a party atmosphere as people streamed in to enjoy the music, sample the delicious burgers provided by Whitmuir Organics or taste the delicious vegetarian food served up by Ziggy’s.

In the gardens, the children enjoyed dancing to the music, having their faces painted by Colleen, learning to screen print from Kate and Cory, and doing all sorts of wonderful outdoor play activities with Margon and Ros.  Congratulations to Troy for winning the quiz.  Click here for answers.

The Royal Edinburgh Community Garden displayed its produce, and provided information on how to get involved, whilst Changeworks provided advice on reducing food waste.

Meanwhile, indoors Fair-comers could browse the delicious range of produce on display from:

Oxenfoord Organics

Garvald Bakery

Tanny Gill Cheese

The Magic Teapot

The Shandon Cake Co

Dough Re Mi

Eclectic Picnic

There were also very informative demonstrations from David Wright from Edinburgh and Midlothian Beekeepers’ Association, Ken Humphreys, a local jam-maker, and Ally Boyd, who showed us how to make delicious snacks with various seasonal herbs.

At the end of the proceedings the raffle was drawn with the great prizes donated by local businesses and stall holders.  Thanks go to the stall holders and the following businesses for their donations:

Caley Sample Rooms

Bia Bistrot

Kharma Hair

Cobalt Hair

Revive Beauty


Blueberry Hill Cafe

Most of all, though, thanks to the 20+ people who gave freely of their time to make the fair such a success.

Full set of photos:

Some Pictures from the day:

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