Cake map among Year of Food and Drink attractions

Chefs Terry and Ben Harrison prepare for this year's Cake Fest. Picture: Gareth Easton

Chefs Terry and Ben Harrison prepare for this year's Cake Fest. Picture: Gareth Easton

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A “CAKE” map of Edinburgh featuring 50 creations of local landmarks - trams, Royal Yacht Britannia and an ordinary street - will be one of the main highlights of VisitScotland’s 2015 Year of Food and Drink.

Cake Fest, on Midsummer’s Day on 21 June at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, will see the cakes displayed in map form before an evening of entertainment and the masterpieces being eaten.

The competition to win the “Bakers’ Choice” award will be open to professional and amateur bakers, including community groups.

The first cake, a model of the famous Victorian Temperate Palm House, was unveiled today.

Other new events include the Children’s Food Festival to be held in the Highlands from 5-6 June and Food Town Day on 6 June in Dumfries and Galloway.

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Whisky Month will return in May with events such as Mhor Whisky Festival running from 23-14 May and Whisky Stramash, 23-24 May which will include explanations about the science of whisky as well as stories.

Malcolm Roughead, chairman of VisitScotland, said visitors spend around £750m each year on food and drink in Scotland and that the event was one of many over the next 12 months which would showcase the country’s “outstanding natural larder.”

“Scotland’s reputation for quality food and drink is increasing and the Year of Food and Drink is a chance not just for visitors to sample the best of our natural larder but for people in Scotland to learn more about what is on their doorstep.

“The whole point of Cake Fest is to get people interested in food. The cakes don’t need to be just about iconic landmarks but could include an ordinary street or the park at the end of the road.”

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