Create:Eat – a collaborative dining event in Edinburgh

For those of you who haven’t heard yet……where have you been?! The dining event of the year is taking place in Edinburgh, October 2012. Mymonkfish food chum Aoife Behan explains more about her latest project – Create:Eat….

Create:Eat is a collaborative dining event, featuring the very best of everything. The idea is simple, take twenty-five collaborators; designers, chefs, mixologists, food and drink producers, food and drink retailers, artists, chocolatiers, coffee experts, photographers and film-makers. Ask each of them to donate a skill or an item that will contribute to a spectacular dining experience. Joining these people at the table will be another twenty-five paying guests whose contribution will have ensured that this amazing and unique dining experience takes place.

Create:Eat is the brainchild of Aoife Behan and Carol Soutar. They had an idea to put together a spectacular dining event which would showcase the talent in food,drink and design in Edinburgh. But the challenge would be to do it with out any upfront investment so they decided to crowdsource the all the elements required. After a request for collaborators on social networking sites, Aoife and Carol were overwhelmed by the responses.

With a venue secured, Trinity Apse, and the twenty-five collaborators in place; from multi-award winning Chef Neil Forbes, to artists such as Alice Dansey Wright, a truly mind blowing event awaits its guests. However, rather than selling tickets the usual way, Aoife and Carol have decided to crowdfund the event; offering tickets as a reward for pledges.

“We felt that this is more in line with the collaborative ethos of the project. We want our guests to feel that they are part of the event, that they have had an important role in making it happen and we plan to give them the night of their lives to thank them for their pledge”

For those that like to take a gamble, there are Create:Eat canvas bags that can be purchased for a pledge of £20. In one of the fifty bags available are two tickets to Create:Eat on 19 October.

The response to the project so far has been overwhelmingly positive, as a result Aoife and Carol are planning further Create:Eat events.

The Create:Eat dining event will take place on Friday 19 October 2012 at 7pm. At Trinity Apse, Chalmers Close just off the High Street, Edinburgh. Aoife and Carol are asking for £100 pledges in exchange for tickets- our page is live now.  The pledges will allow them to pay for the production costs and expenses involved in staging an event of this scale.

Read all about the project at

Create:Eat logo – thanks to Cristina Spiteri

Create:Eat shield illustration – thanks to collaborator Hannah Bloomfield 

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