Edinburgh Chef Neil Forbes & Hopetoun Farm Shop to host event showcasing Scottish produce

Am hoping to get along to these – both the masterclass and the tasting day are right up my street and thought there may be a fair few of you fellow foodies who might also fancy it! 

Allan Storie, Hopetoun Farm Shop’s master Butcher with Chef Neil Forbes

Derek Mackintosh, Hopetoun Farm Shop’s expert butcher with Chef Neil Forbes

Top Edinburgh chef and restaurateur, Neil Forbes is teaming up with Hopetoun Farm Shop to showcase Scotland’s finest foods and drink.

The Taste of Hopetoun event, taking place at the Farm Shop on April 26th and 27th, will offer visitors the chance to explore Scottish produce as the Farm Shop gets set to shine a light on the quality of Scotland’s food and drink sector.

The award winning Farm Shop, near South Queensferry, will host Neil of Edinburgh’s Café St Honore, for a Master Class on Friday 26th between 6.30-8.30pm.

Neil will set to prepare as many different dishes using Scottish produce within the two-hour class. Visitors are being encouraged to come and experience one of the country’s top chef’s create an array of simple yet delicious savoury and sweet plates made all from Scottish produce and available directly from the Farm Shop.

Saturday will offer visitors a tasting day between 11am and 3pm, with complimentary samples of cheeses, meats, local preserves, bakery produce, chocolate and more, offering the chance to test a range of products and speak to suppliers on new recipe ideas without the need to purchase.

Hopetoun Farm Shop

Hopetoun Farm Shop

Hopetoun Farm Shop Manager, Elaine Shirley, commented: “The ethos of the weekend is to promote the best Scotland has to offer  – we hope customers feel encouraged to come and visit the shop without feeling pressured to buy on the day. We want to showcase the vast range of produce available right on your doorstep throughout the year.”

Derek Mackintosh, Hopetoun Farm Shop’s expert butcher, will offer advice on meat cuts, quantities and recipes over the weekend, as well as providing information on the Estate reared meats available throughout the year direct from the butchery counter.

Hungry customers will also have the opportunity to taste the Hopetoun’s award winning burgers and sausages as the first ever Farm Shop BBQ sets up to sell hot produce outside the store.

As a showcase for Scotland’s larder, the Farm Shop, which was recently honored by the Countryside Alliance Awards with Scottish Local Food Champion 2013 at Holyrood, and most recently as Best Newcomer at the national FARMA awards.

Originally from Pitlochry, Neil has worked alongside some of the world’s great chefs including Raymond Blanc and Michael Roux. In 2011, he was named Scottish Chef of the Year at the acclaimed Scottish Restaurant Awards. As an ambassador and avid promoter for provenance and home sourced foods, Neil will be set to encourage more to buy local – a timely focus for consumers.

Neil Forbes Master Class – Friday 26th April between 6.30pm and 8.30pm. Tickets cost £10 with opportunity to taste each dish and are available direct from the Farm Shop or by calling 01506 830716.



Hopetoun Farm Shop

Hopetoun Farm Shop


Hopetoun Estate/Hopetoun Farm Shop

Hopetoun Estate extends to 6,000 acres in Lothian and 18,000 acres in Lanarkshire.  It runs a mixed farming system at Hopetoun with 2,500 acres of arable land, Aberdeen Angus cattle, Hebridean and Mule sheep, free-range turkeys and chickens.  One hundred and twenty acres are committed to an agro-environmental scheme with 1,800 ewes farmed at nearby Leadhills.

The Hopetoun Farm Shop, which launched in 2011, is a showcase for Scotland’s finest foods.  Meat, game and poultry is reared on the Hopetoun Estate and sold in the Farm Shop, which has been awarded 5 stars by VisitScotland. Most recently the Farm Shop was also honoured as winner of Best Newcomer at FARMA 2013 Awards and Scottish Local Food Champion at the Countryside Alliance 2013 Awards, which were held at Holyrood.

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