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Taste of Edinburgh festival expected to attract thousands

Celebrity chef Valentine Warner officially opened Taste of Edinburgh
Image caption Celebrity chef Valentine Warner officially opened Taste of Edinburgh

Scotland's largest food and drink festival is set to attract more than 30,000 gastronomes to the Edinburgh event over the weekend.

Taste of Edinburgh, which runs from Friday until Sunday, will see crowds gather at The Meadows to sample food from 100 artisan producers.

Masterchef TV favourite Loyd Grossman and Michelin star Jeff Galvin will be showcasing their culinary skills.

Gordon Ramsay protege Jason Atherton will also star on Sunday.

Channel 4's culinary duo The Fabulous Baker Brothers will be joined by Michael Smith of The Three Chimneys restaurant, master patissier of London cake boutique Cake Boy Eric Lanlard, and chefs of The Ivy Tim Hughes and Gary Lee.

Loyd Grossman is appearing at the festival on Friday and Saturday evening.

Justin Clarke, CEO of Taste Festivals, said: "Despite the rain, this year's Taste of Edinburgh is shaping up to be a fantastic weekend.

"Weather conditions have been challenging but we're well prepared and have put in extra precautions to protect the ground.

"Saturday lunch is already completely sold out so we are advising visitors collecting and purchasing tickets at the box office to allow plenty of time before each session.

"And in the words of Billy Connolly, there is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing. Make sure you are kitted out in your wellies and party socks!"

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