Edinburgh’s first Coffee Festival is coming to Mansfield Traquair on 3 October 2015 and is certain to stimulate senses with the gorgeous aroma of coffee, exciting demonstrations and live music and attractions.
The festival will celebrate Scotland’s bustling and vibrant coffee scene and promises to be an unmissable occasion for café culture vultures, discerning coffee lovers and those working in the coffee industry.
Featuring approximately 25 handpicked artisan coffee roasters, speciality tea stalls, cafés and coffee equipment companies, the Edinburgh Coffee Festival will also offer visitors the chance to learn from the experts in interactive workshops, tastings and demonstrations.
Working with Edinburgh’s international charity, Mercy Corps, the festival will share stories from the world’s coffee producers and, closer to home, bring together everything that visitors could possibly need to know to make their own perfect brew.
Martin Dare, Edinburgh Coffee Festival organiser, said:
“We look forward to welcoming 25 specially handpicked suppliers to Mansfield Traquair in October. These roasters, brewers, baristas and coffee bar owners are enthusiastic and passionate about their products and so our visitors will gain a wealth of knowledge and insight in the world’s coffee and tea industry as well as the industry closer to home in Scotland.
“Coffee roasting and tea farming is a rapidly growing market for Scotland and one which can enhance the country’s reputation for food and drink. The coffee and tea industry does not always come to mind when visitors think of Scotland and so the Edinburgh Coffee Festival will provide the perfect platform for these companies to promote their products to visitors and their local communities.
“Of course the festival isn’t only about coffee. We will also welcome tea and chocolate merchants and other independent vendors, making for a fantastic all round day out for foodies.”
Fiona Richmond of Scotland Food & Drink which is supporting the event, said:
“Scotland Food & Drink is delighted to see the launch of Edinburgh’s very first coffee festival, which will be an exciting addition to the Year of Food and Drink celebrations. A specialist coffee revolution is underway, with a rising number of Scottish companies taking up the craft, carefully sourcing and roasting beans and bringing the highest quality tasting experience to their customers. This festival will only add to this trend, and prove what an interesting and dynamic sector this is.”
Morag Morrison, General Manager of Mansfield Traquair, said:
“Over the last 12 years Mansfield Traquair has built a reputation as an outstanding exclusive use venue, delivering exceptional dinners, events and weddings, which has seen many happy clients return time and again. This new public event provides the perfect opportunity for members of the local community and from within the hospitality industry to enjoy the magic that Mansfield holds, in a relaxed and informal environment.
“We’re delighted to welcome these coffee specialists to our venue and are looking forward to this event greatly. And of course, coffee is an important part of any event here, rounding off a superb meal, or stimulating delegates during a conference, so we look forward to hearing, tasting and learning more from the exhibitors and presenters.”