Supporters

Cake Fest Edinburgh is a not-for-profit event and receives generous support from these lovely organisations:

The Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) was founded in the 17th century as a physic garden. Now it extends over four Gardens boasting a rich living collection of plants, and is a world-renowned centre for plant science and education.

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is a Non Departmental Public Body (NDPB) sponsored and supported through Grant-in-Aid by the Scottish Government’s Environment and Forestry Directorate (ENFOR). It is governed by a Board of Trustees appointed by Scottish Ministers. The RBGE senior management team is headed by the Regius Keeper, Simon Milne.

The organisation comprises over 200 staff drawn from a variety of occupations and disciplines, contributing in many different ways to its overall objectives and functions. The Garden is organised in four divisions: Science, Horticulture, Corporate Services and Enterprise with a directorate staff supporting the Regius Keeper.

Year of Food & Drink Scotland 2015

Cake Fest Edinburgh is supported as part of Year of Food and Drink Scotland 2015, delivered by VisitScotland and EventScotland.

Packed with brilliant moments, The Year of Food and Drink Scotland 2015 is a chance to celebrate Scotland’s fantastic natural larder and exceptional natural produce, as well as the landscapes, people and culture that make our food heritage so unique. We invite you to come and experience the Land of Food and Drink.

The Year of Food and Drink Scotland will start on 1 January 2015 and end on 31 December 2015. The Year will build on the momentum generated by Homecoming Scotland 2014 by celebrating the role that food and drink plays in shaping our economic success. Through a series of exciting events and activities, the year will showcase Scotland’s outstanding natural larder and our reputation as a Land of Food and Drink.

The Year of Food and Drink Scotland 2015 is a Scottish Government initiative being delivered by VisitScotland and EventScotland in partnership with Scotland Food & Drink, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Scottish Tourism Alliance, Scottish Agricultural College and Young Scot.

For more information visit www.VisitScotland.com/TasteScotland

Edinburgh Tourism Action Group

ETAG is the umbrella organisation for the tourism sector in Edinburgh.  Their aim is to create a strong tourism community that works together to deliver growth for businesses, a great experience for the visitor and economic benefits for the city and Scotland as a whole.

They have an online network of over 1,500 tourism professionals, businesses and organisations who receive regular updates on the latest information, events and business opportunities in Edinburgh.  It’s free, so why not  Join their mailing list to keep up to date.

The ETAG Full Group, made up of representatives from the major stakeholders, agencies and industry groups from across Edinburgh’s tourism sector meets regularly to discuss the key challenges, opportunities and strategic issues for tourism in the city, and oversees the delivery of ETAG’s annual Action Plan.

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Greencity Wholefoods

The Scottish Wholefood Collective Warehouse trading as GreenCity Wholefoods workers’ co-operative aims to create a non-exploitative workplace which takes into consideration the interests of the workers, the community and the environment as a whole.

They aim to maintain policies which do not discriminate on the basis of sex, race or age and a management structure not based on hierarchy, allowing all members equal access to the decision making procedure.

Greencity Wholefoods like to encourage local producers and are committed to buying ORGANIC produce where possible. Their policy is to promote better alternatives in terms of health and diet also through the food chain i.e. foods committed to getting a fair deal for the people who produce the food they sell and has a policy of boycotting goods from these countries whose people have requested such international action.

They do not sell any products tested on animals and ONLY sell goods that are suitable for vegetarians.

By example and by positive action Greencity Wholefoods hope to encourage a community awareness of both wholefoods and co-operatives, maintaining contracts with and seeking to develop like-minded business and organisations.

Walkers Shortbread

It was over a hundred years ago that the Walker family started baking shortbread in the Speyside village of Aberlour, surrounded by the picturesque landscape of the Scottish highlands, and it is where they remain to this day.

Joseph Walker founded the company when he opened his village bakery in 1898; now it is his grandchildren and great grandchildren that continue the tradition of fine baking that he started. In fact, the founder’s personal guarantee is still marked on every pack to confirm that Walkers products are made with only the best ingredients obtainable. Though the Walker family have added many new products to their range during the last century, each and every one holds to those original values of quality and natural goodness.

Walkers bake the most extensive selection of pure butter shortbreads available – they have many varieties and sizes to choose from, whether it be the familiar fingers, rounds and petticoat tails or something a little more unusual. They also make a wide range of other Scottish delicacies. Their traditionally baked oatcakes are made almost entirely from either coarse or fine-grained oats to give them that characteristically nutty flavour and firm bite.  Another popular treat, Walkers Scottish fruitcakes, are prepared with the care and attention needed to create their wonderfully rich crumb filled with fruits, spices and nuts.

In its distinctive tartan packaging, Walkers range of products is packed with Scottish character, both inside and out. The name Walkers is recognised as a mark of excellence the world over, a true Scottish classic.

Tunnocks

How do you create ever-popular biscuit products? Well, start with excellent ingredients. Add layers of ownership by the same, caring family. Then cover with a generous sprinkling of attention to detail and personal service.

This winning formula was initiated by Thomas Tunnock in 1890, after he paid £80 for a shop in Uddingston. Under the guidance of Thomas (and later his son, Archie), Tunnock’s operated only as bakers and purveyors of quality flour confectionery until the 1950s. This decade saw the emergence of four original speciality items: Caramel Wafers, Snowballs, Caramel Logs and Teacakes. Consequently, business boomed and factory extensions followed, the latest as recent as 2002.

The innovative management has always remained true to the original principles and is close to the local community. Indeed, it is funny how the more things change at Tunnock’s, the more they stay the same.