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Review: Afternoon Tea with Vivek Singh, EIBF 2017 Rating 80%

Review: Afternoon Tea with Vivek Singh, EIBF 2017

It was a sheer pleasure to enjoy a British afternoon tea whilst listening to one of the top Indian culinary chefs in London talk about his background history and experiences working with food. Devouring sandwiches and scones whilst listening to Vivek Singh discuss his influences, Indian festival food and his absolute indulgence, whisky, was a new experience for me as part of the Edinburgh International Book Festival, and certainly the way to do things if listening to a published cook or chef. 

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Review: Dram & Smoke Campfire Feasts, Fringe 2017 Rating 62%

Review: Dram & Smoke Campfire Feasts, Fringe 2017

The Dram & Smoke pop-up in the Biscuit Factory, somewhat outwith of the main festival stretch, is back again this year with promises of a Campfire Feast, an interactive eating experience that has to be shared. Promoting Talisker as their main drinks brand, they offered a welcome cocktail prior to bringing the group upstairs to indulge in some improv food theatre. 

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Review: Rhythm ‘n’ Booze Rating 70%

Review: Rhythm ‘n’ Booze

Rhythm ‘n’ Booze offers a fun, unique and tour-guide cliché free take on the traditional whisky tasting experience. Entering the dark atmospheric cave of the Assembly Roxy, you are greeted by intimately lit tables, which shared between groups of three or four, mean you need to get cosy pretty quickly with your neighbours. The host Felipe, assists this process by providing a witty introduction to the tasting and dispelling some of the myths of how people tend to describe whisky.

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Review: Edinburgh Beer Festival Rating 85%

Review: Edinburgh Beer Festival

It’s true that oaks from acorns grow and last Saturday’s sellout beer festival at Stewart Brewing was testament to that.  Founder Steve led an informative and enthusiastic tour around the factory based in the outskirts of Edinburgh and explained the process of brewing and production from the selection of ingredients such as malt, hops and grain right down to the hand bottling of each of the thousands of bottles produced. A labour of love indeed, he told the story of his building his own brewery in small steps starting out, as most home brewers do, with a humble plastic bucket and the leap of faith which led him and his wife Jo to invest all their savings into his first brewery and wholesale beer, Edinburgh Number 3 in 2004.  

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Keith Bonnington: Expect lovely citrus-lemon characters.

Colonsay Beverages, producers of Colonsay Beers, which includes Pig’s Paradise, IPA and 80 Shilling has launched of its premium gin, Wild Island Botanic Gin, which is infused with botanicals hand foraged on the remote Inner Hebridean island.
The Fountain spoke with Colonsay’s director, Keith Bonnington, about their reasons for producing this botanical spirit, the Juniper festival and where we can expect to find this fresh, crisp spirit.

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Review: Museum Late – Monkey Business Rating 85%

Review: Museum Late – Monkey Business

Entering the Grand Gallery of the National Museum of Scotland from below through 2011’s vaulted entrance, one is stuck by the grand old space’s verticality. For the latest Museum Late, Monkey Business, the effect is heightened – if you will – by the exhibitions of aerialism that bookend the night. Accompanying the primate exhibits that run until 23 April under the same name, the performance of aerial monkeying around strikes the right opening tone.

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Simon Erlanger: How could you bottle the essence of Harris?

With a whisky spirit casked on the edge of the Atlantic, a Click and Collect service newly introduced, there is much to talk about with the youthful Harris Distillers.
The Fountain spoke with Managing Director of the organisation, Simon Erlanger, about this notion of ‘the Social Distillery,’ the history of the company and what we can hope to expect from them in the near future.

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