When we heard that Mark Greenaway, Neil Forbes, Victor and Carina Contini and Ed and Dale from the Gardener’s Cottage would all be in the same place, at the same time, we thought we had hit the jackpot. When we found out that lunches would be served from just £3, and that the sun was due to shine, there was no other choice but to go.
Walking into St. Andrews Square, we were greeted by a mob of press…not to welcome us specifically of course, but to photograph the arrival of the couple walking in beside me, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall. Known in Scotland as the Duke and Duchess of Rothesay, the royal couple was in Scotland for a number of various engagements and keen to show their support for Scottish producers.
The Farm to Fork event kicked off the 15th anniversary celebrations of Edinburgh Farmers’ Market. Fifteen years, can you believe it? As regular visitors of the market, we too were keen to support all the fantastic Scottish suppliers and producers that so frequently provide us delicious food.
Over 10,000 people attended the five-hour lunchtime event and enjoyed a spot of lunch in the sunshine. Prince Charles has long been a supporter of food producers in Scotland, and the royal couple gladly chatted to stall holders, sampled the food on offer and enjoyed the beautiful Scottish weather.
Using ingredients sold by regular stallholders at the Edinburgh Farmers’ Market, dishes were presented by award-winning Edinburgh chefs, including one of our personal favourites, Mark Greenaway.
Using pork from Peelham Farm, Mark made a mouth watering, 11 hour slow roasted pork belly dish, served with pomme puree and toffee apple jus – hardly your standard weekday lunch. He was kind enough to share this recipe with OH! Taste, and it can be found here. We would love to hear from you if you decide to give it a go at home.
Neil Forbes of Café St Honoré served up a Grierson’s organic chicken leg, Peelham Chorizo and Phantassie Leaf accompanied by a Summer Harvest Oil dressing. The Gardener’s Cottage team presented visitors with a six-course lunch menu while Contini’s delighted customers with a Scottish strawberry and cream pudding – which certainly seemed to catch the eye of the Duchess of Cornwall.
The queue at The Crema Caravan caught our eye and we gladly joined the rest of Edinburgh in sampling the innovative crème brûlées. We have long since been supporters of the wonderful desserts supplied by The Crema Caravan, but enjoying an ‘original vanilla’ in the sunshine was most definitely the highlight of our week.
All in all, a truly fantastic day was had by all and the campaign for a regular lunchtime market continues to gain momentum. Find out more about the Edinburgh Farmers Market here, and be sure to visit the weekly market on Castle Terrace.