A feast for foodies

FOODIES are set to descend on East Renfrewshire this September for a delectable festival treat.

Fast defining itself as a foodie capital of Scotland, East Ren dons its chef hat and apron for feastRen – a two-week long celebration of all the culinary delights the area has to offer.

The centrepiece of the festival is a weekend event, running September 8 and 9 around Eastwood park theatre.

Visitors can expect demonstrations, theatre shows and live music, as well as the Whole Foods Market craft beer marquee, feastRen producers village and Cook School markets and Tom Lewis’s fish and chip van.

Headlining the event with a Q&A on the Saturday evening is Martin Wishart, joined on the feastRen bill by renowned chefs like Phil Lewis, Jacqueline O’Donnell, John Quigley and Ian Brown – and activities stretching all the way out to Whitelee windfarm.

Local restaurants Wee Cucina, Turban Tandoori, New Turban and Eat delicatessen and the Giffnock Ivy will also be on hand to demonstrate their signatures dishes so food fanatics can try their hand at a homemade version.

And restaurants across East Ren will be running feastRen fortnight festival menus throughout – the perfect excuse for a night out.

East Renfrewshire council’s events convener, councillor Tony Buchanan, explains: “This year’s food festival is for serious foodies, families and fun lovers.

“As well as a packed programme with a lot of high-profile chefs, feastRen is also launching a food and drink directory and a Best of the Fest award ceremony”.

Opened last year, Whole Foods market in Giffnock is fast becoming a foodie favourite, and is a key partner for the 2012 festival.

Fiona Buchanan, associate store leader, adds: “Whole Foods are thrilled to be taking part in the feastRen festival.
“As well as being about terrific food, the festival is about great fun for the whole family – my son is particularly looking forward to the herb storytelling, while I’m looking forward to our producers village in Eastwood park”.

So whether you’re interested in Kosher cooking, cupcaking decorating or fine dining – and whether it’s a night on the tiles or a workshop at the local library – there’s bound to be an activity which tickles your tastebuds this September.

FeastRen runs from 1-16 September, with 75 events planned across East Renfrewshire. To find out more, visit www.aplacetogrow.co.uk.