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Hey Monkfish fans, even though we all think that August is the busiest month EVER in Edinburgh it seems like September is gearing up to be pretty hectic too.

This little lot is happening. Click on the links, dip in and out, see what you can get up to whilst enjoying some Autumnal sunshine.

Scottish Food Fortnight…

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Already underway there are plenty of events during #scottishfoodfortnight to get your teeth into, quite literally. Check out the website for more details or follow them on Twitter HERE

Eat Drink Discover Scotland…


Taking place this weekend, Friday to Sunday, join numerous chefs, producers, suppliers in the ultimate celebration of Scotland’s Larder. Look out for the Scottish Salmon stand as Mrs M will be cooking up a storm on Sunday and serving up a Japanese Salmon noodle salad throughout the day!

Organic September…


The Soil Association are celebrating ‘Organic September’ – check out what’s happening on their website HERE #smallchangesbigdifference

Terra Madre Scotland 2014


The first ever ‘Terra Madre Scotland’ will take place on 20 & 21 September at Cawdor Castle, Nairn in partnership with ‘Living Food’ – an annual celebration of quality artisan food from the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.

For tickets and more information click HERE

And if that’s not enough….

Try out the new Victor & Carina Contini restaurant – Cannonball – located in the heart of the Old Town just underneath the Castle. See more on their website HERE.

Or you could always join Mrs M and Mini Monkfish at Night Garden Live on Saturday? Hashtag Iggle Piggle 🙂


KNOPS BEER 4So yet again we’re drinking beer…and why not, it’s August, the sun is shining….kind of…and with so much going on in Edinburgh you only have to stumble out of Monkfish Towers and you’re in amongst the Festival action.

On Monday night we pottered along to the ‘Meet The Brewer’ event at The Pommery Bar off the Royal Mile. The brewer in question was Mr Robert Knops of the Knops Beer Company, East Lothian. Crumbs, what a location, absolutely stunning. Continue reading


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Mrs Monkfish was lucky enough to attend the Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards last night in Edinburgh at the EICC. Hosted by the Loose Woman herself, Ms Kaye Adams, seventeen of Scotland’s leading food and drink businesses were celebrating their wins in front of an audience of 700, double the size of last year’s event. It was high fives all round.

With 22 award categories celebrating excellence across Scottish food and drink, the Excellence Awards showcased a broad spectrum of food and drink companies from across the country.  Winners included small start up companies like Island Girl (producers of Ooft sauce) and recently formed Ronan Foods (producers of a range of free-from foods); family farming businesses like Glenrath Farms (a free range egg producer) and Graham’s The Family Dairy (Scotland’s largest independent dairy); and Mathiesons Bakery, which dates back to 1872. There were celebrations in the Macsween camp who picked up both the ‘Meat’ award and ‘Product of the Year’  for their limited edition haggis. And ‘Small Business of the Year’ went to Spencerfield Spirits, home to Edinburgh gin and their new blended malt, The Feathery.

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Chief Executive of Scotland Food & Drink, James Withers, said:
“We are thrilled to celebrate the standout successes of the Scottish food and drink industry with a record number of attendees at this year’s Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards. The awards recognise our best food and drink products and businesses and each of our finalists merit the commendation. There is a food and drink revolution happening in Scotland, driving record sales at home and overseas. Tonight celebrates the talent that is driving that and which is cementing Scotland’s place in the culinary world.

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“I would encourage all finalists and winners to make the most of this recognition and to shout about their strengths. The awards take place during a massive year for Scotland and as the nation enjoys the limelight we will reinforce Scotland’s justified reputation as a Land of Food and Drink.”

There was a definite buzz in the air and we managed to tweet all the winners as and when they happened….Mrs M’s fingers were on fire she was typing that fast 😉 Got a few pics too but none of her dressed up to the nine’s, pity, she looked a treat! For more info on the awards click HERE.
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We’ll see you next week for Monkfish Monday, got some great bits n bobs lined up including more coffee geekery. Catch you then x



SMWS Clans & Drams launch 3 wide

If our last post got your whisky taste buds tingling and you’ve duly purchased tickets to Jelly&Gin’s fabulous CREATE EAT WHISKY event next week then here’s some more whisky news to keep those drams pouring…

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society is opening its doors for Clans & Drams, a month long celebration of flavour during May, Homecoming Scotland’s Whisky Month. The Society, which bottles single cask malt whiskies from a huge range of distilleries, has created 12 special whisky clans based on flavour profiles for these events.

Here’s what’s coming up in the next week or two … Continue reading

CREATE : EAT : WHISKY 14-20 MAY 2014


There are only a few tickets left for this brilliant event run by the lovely ladies at Jelly & Gin.

As part of Homecoming Scotland 2014 Jelly & Gin are creating an immersive experience that will evoke the sights, sounds and scents encountered in the whisky making process from grain to glass.

This journey into whisky focuses on four key flavour profiles: rich & spicy, light & delicate, smoky & peaty, smooth & sweet. Guests will experience each whisky through all the senses. The quirky venue, a former milk factory in Leith, will change in atmosphere during the tasting through the use of lighting, projection, sound and scent. Small bites of locally sourced, artisan produced food will complement each of the four drams which have been carefully selected from Jura Whisky Single Malts. 

The event is part of Whisky Month, a month-long, country-wide celebration of Scotland’s national drink during May 2014.  CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS NOW. They’re going like hot cakes so hurry hurry hurry….

For more info on Jelly & Gin and some groovy pics click the link below to visit their website. They’ve got it ALL going on…