Taste of Edinburgh will

feature sampling stands from over 100 food and

drink suppliers

ie fest

Top names flock to the Meadows for

ust one week before it sets out its culinary stall in Edinburgh‘s

Meadows. the organisers of Taste of

lidinburgh have announced four new features to this year‘s programme. The new trimmings have been added to a festival

which already promises to boast the best of

Scotland's food industries. with sampling stands from over 100 speciality food and drink suppliers throughout the weekend. and a slew of food and drinks biggest names on site.

Taste Wine will welcome wine experts Rose Murray Brown and Will [.yons. who will each host a wine tasting programme. while at lidinburgh's Food and Whisky School. top chefs Antony Worrall Thompson. Nick Nairn and Martin Wishan will all showcase their culinary skills.

lilsewhere. Taste Kitchen with Sainsbury's will build on last year's popular tasting sessions. featuring chef masterclasses. demonstrations and Q&A sessions. Finally. those holding a (‘onnoisseur‘s ticket can enjoy a Laurent Perrier (‘hampagne masterclass.

In addition. the festival boasts more of Scotland‘s award-winning chefs and restaurants than ever before. including Abstract. (‘entotre. (‘reelers. Dakota. Ducks at le Marche Noir. First Coast. Fonh Floor at Harvey Nichols. Malmaison. Number ()ne at The Balmoral. Plumed Horse. Restaurant Martin Wishart. Restaurant

Taste Of Edinburgh Words: Anna Millar

David Bann. Santini. The Tower. Tigerlily and Vincafle.

Sarah Forbes. Taste of lidinburgh festival director. said of the programme: 'We recognised the appetite for interactive events at last year’s festival and are introducing more of these to further enhance Taste of lidinburgh in 2008 and make it a truly unmissable experience for anyone who wants to explore and enjoy great food and drink.

‘Taste is the perfect mechanism to highlight what Scotland has to offer and it's also a fantastic day out. What better way to celebrate the Scottish culinary community than bringing all of our top restaurants and producers together in one place‘.”

Taste of Edinburgh, Meadows, Thu 29 May-Sun 1 Jun. Tickets from £12, www.channel4.com/taste


I Following months of speculation, Katrina Brown has been appointed as the new director of the

Glasgow International Festival of Contemporary Visual Art for 2010 and 2012. Glasgow-born Brown, who is currently director of the Common Guild, has over two decades of experience as a curator, including high profile

roles at Tate Liverpool and Dundee Contemporary Arts. Mark O'Neill, chair of the steering group for the Gi Festival, said: ‘Katrina has the vision and international networks needed to take Gi to the next stage of development.’ Brown replaces Francis McKee.

hosts its first Garden Party this July. It will see an array of established and upcoming music acts take to the stage. The 3-day fest will run from Fri 4-Sun 6 July. See www.kelburn productions.com/ gardenparty

UNIQUE EVENTS have won the contract to produce Edinburgh’s Hogmanay festival. Unique has created, produced and managed the festival since its inception in 1993. More details about the programme will be announced later this year.

TOM wms, legendary singer-songwriter, actor and raconteur is to erform at Edin urgh’s

Pla house on 27

an 28 July, the first time he’s played in Scotland since 1987.

Tim Kring and Dr Who executive producer Russell T Davies have signed up to conduct

3:553:58“ at Tickets go on sale on mazes... TuesdaYZ7 May, 0“ Festivau inAugust. t1cketmaster.co.uk,

They join celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, Armando lannucci and ITV’s Peter Fincham.

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