Strong food theme at 2013 North Berwick festival Fringe by the Sea

This article is from 2013

Fringe by the Sea

Chef Neil Forbes, Moroccan cuisine and Belhaven Brewery set for town's harbour

The ice-cream cones on the front cover of Fringe By The Sea’s programme are the first hint at this year’s strong food theme. Besides the always-tempting option of braving the gallus seagulls of East Lothian, going al fresco and taking fish and chips down onto North Berwick beach, there will be a mini food court at the harbour this August. The Belhaven Spiegeltent and the Baby Spiegeltent will feature Moroccan cuisine, spit-roast hog, a mobile espresso van, cakes and a specially created Fringe By The Sea Lager from along the road at Belhaven Brewery.

Friday’s programme goes heavy on the cookery events too, with talks and demos throughout the afternoon. Neil Forbes, chef/director at Edinburgh’s Café St Honoré, will be talking through some of the dishes he serves at the Parisian-style bistro, focusing especially on Scottish produce including Isle of Mull scallops, heritage potatoes and locally grown berries. He favours simple dishes where possible, so his recipes will apparently provide inspiration to ‘even the most timorous of home cooks’.

As a Highland boy who grew up amongst a family of chefs in Pitlochry, Forbes is a champion of seasonal produce, ideally sourced right on Scotland’s doorstep. A card-carrying member of Slow Food UK, Forbes runs an allotment at a local university to teach students about food production, so he will no doubt be mixing up his cookery class with tips on eating ‘good, clean and fair’ food.

Other highlights include comedy-mime-hero The Boy With Tape on His Face who will be bringing his oddball physical jokes to North Berwick, as part of a mini-comedy strand which also includes Lucy Porter and Jenny Éclair. Bookworms will find a string of ‘Author Conversations’ from writers including journalist-turned-novelist Christopher Brookmyre, Scots Makar Liz Lochhead and wildlife cameraman/adventure chronicler Doug Allan.

Fringe by the Sea, Various venues, 5 to 11 Aug

Fringe by the Sea

With a spot of sea air and an entertaining line-up of music, comedy, theatre, film, author and children's events, North Berwick's multi-arts festival offers a respite from the madness of Edinburgh in festival season.