FOOD fanatics are set to pour into East Renfrewshire next month as feastRen returns for another year.
Formerly the East Ren Food Festival, the event has been relaunched for 2012, partnering with Whole Foods in Giffnock and The Cook School Scotland.
The foodie fun starts on September 1, with over 75 events planned between then and September 16 – and with an official programme launch taking place yesterday, festival-goers can now plan their weeks in advance.
The centrepiece has been announced as a festival weekend, taking place in Eastwood Park on September 8-9.
The event will feature a craft beer marquee (courtesy of Whole Foods), a village market, a food market organised by the Cook School and a kid’s tent, as well as live music, theatre, demonstrations and stands selling both barbecue and good old fashioned fish and chips.
East Renfrewshire council have also roped in chefs such as Tom Lewis, Jacqueline O’Donnell, John Quigley — and more — for a celebrity cook-off.
Councillor Tony Buchanan, ERC’s events convenor, commented: “This year’s food festival is for serious foodies, families and fun lovers.
“As well as a packed out programme with lots of seriously high profile chefs, feastRen is also launching a food and drink directory and a Best of the Fest award ceremony”.
Fiona Buchanan, associate store leader at Whole Foods in Giffnock, added: “We’re thrilled to be taking part in feastRen. 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 at Eastwood park”.
Other venues for the two-week celebration of all things food include a number of East Ren restaurants, libraries, Whitelee windfarm, Eastwood park theatre, Barrhead Main Street and Whole Foods.
Whether you’re in the mood for tasting a wee dram, learning to make your own pakora or just wining and dining as a special treat, a glance through the 2012 programme — available at www.bit.ly/feastRen2012 — could be just the thing to tickle your foodie tastebuds.