Sustainable snacking at the Edinburgh Fringe

Edinburgh Fringe food

The Fringe is a busy time for everyone in Edinburgh. Thousands of comedians, poets, performers and actors from all round the world take up their posts in the city for the best part of a month to showcase their talents and make a name for themselves. The Edinburgh Fringe is a unique event which rightly puts the city on the map. With a whole host of exceptional shows and performances taking place, it really is a month to savour.

However, it’s not only performers who have an opportunity to strut their stuff, Edinburgh’s food scene over the month is also one to relish. As our main headquarters are situated in Edinburgh, we decided to spend a day visiting some of our customers and sampling what treats they had to offer. Here are some highlights for food at The Fringe –

The Gilded Balloon

Edinburgh Fringe Food

The ever-popular Gilded Balloon offers an abundance in performances and shows, and it is also home to a wide range of food and drink pop-ups. We ventured to their Teviot Library Bar to sample their lamb rogan josh. Pictured here in one of our bagasse clamshells, their gluten-free curry with a base layer of rice proved to be delicious start to our afternoon.

The Crema Caravan

Edinburgh Fringe Food

A short walk around the corner to Charles Street and brought us to The Crema Caravan. Famed for its hot-to-go ‘Burnt to Order’ crème brulees. It’s also a great stop for a tea or coffee break during a busy day taking in everything Edinburgh has to offer with drinks being served in Vegware hot cups. Some classic crème brulee flavours you should try include madagascan vanilla, tonka bean and hazelnut praline or salted caramel.

The Mac Shacks

Edinburgh Fringe food

Located just off Underbelly at George Square, we visited The Mac Shacks next. Serving up classic comfort food, macaroni cheese, in a variety of different formats, this ‘shack’ really is worth a trip to. We opted for (pictured) the classic mac and cheese with crispy onions sprinkled on top. Served in one of our soup containers, The Mac Shacks really offers something different from a lot of other pop-ups at The Fringe.

Frisky

Edinburgh Fringe Food

After a busy day of eating and walking around Edinburgh we wanted something sweet to end our day. Frisky’s frozen yoghurt pop-up was exactly what we wanted. We went for the Festival Mess froyo sundae which features frozen yoghurt, raspberry coulis, berries and meringue. Pictured below in one of our soup containers, the Festival Mess definitely delivered the perfect end to a delicious day at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Tapas and Pincho ideas from Vegware

Tapas and Pincho

Anyone who has visited Spain will tell tales of their experience of the country’s famous tapas bars. The more towns and cities you visit in the country, the more varied you’ll find the food. Most areas will serve up their own take on the famous cuisine, depending on location you may find more seafood courses towards the coast and more meat and cheese the more central you go. The good news for Americans is that the cuisine has travelled across the Atlantic Ocean and restaurants serving up this food can now be found in abundance. Let’s have a look at some of the essentials any tapas bar should be serving up –

Paella

 Tapas and Pincho

Pictured here served in one of our Vegware bagasse bowls and hailing from the city of Valencia, paella certainly varies depending on where it is served. Traditionally key ingredients would include rice, beans, chicken and rabbit; however, the dish has evolved over time. These days you’re likely to find seafood like prawns, squid and mussels alongside some of those traditional ingredients.

Meats and cheese

 Tapas and Pincho

Presented above in our 10in rectangular bagasse plate is a common Spanish delicacy, Manchego cheese wrapped with Iberian ham. If you visit the north of Spain you will come across a lot of meat in the form of a Pincho. Highlights include, a full array of Bocadillos (sandwiches) and Morcilla de Burgos (Spanish black pudding). A dish you’re likely to see on most tapas menus and what is a big favourite amongst the Spanish is sautéed chorizo with red wine.

Seafood

Tapas and pincho 

 As mentioned previously the further you go towards the coast in Spain the more likely you are to find a bigger array of seafood options. Mussels are always a favourite, whether included in a paella or served on their own (pictured in Vegware 4oz bagasse portion pot). A Galician dish which is an essential for anyone visiting Northern Spain is Pulpo Gallego which is essentially grilled octopus. Calamari (deep-fried squid) is a similar seafood dish you may be more likely to see in greater parts of Spain and in the US.

Vegetarian

 Tapas and pincho

 Spain isn’t only a country famed for its wide variety of meat and seafood dishes, it also gains a lot of recognition for its delicious vegetarian food. A lot of Spanish restaurants and bars will often serve tasty olives (pictured) to accompany a nice glass of Rioja or Monastrell. Vegetarian tapas highlights include fried Asparagus seasoned with salt and pepper. A popular tapa dish in Seville is Espinacas con Garbanzos which is spinach and chickpeas seasoned with paprika and garlic. It sounds an odd combination but the result is delicious. Pimientos de Padron is a dish you’re likely to see on a lot of tapas menus. Padron peppers, originally from Galicia, are seasoned with salt and olive oil and vary in temperatures.

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Plastic Free July Results and Tips

In case you missed it, last week some of our staff pledged to reduce their single-use plastic use for a week as part of Plastic Free July. The idea around Plastic Free July was to increase awareness around single-use plastic consumption. Below are a couple of great examples of where some of our staff had to come up with innovative solutions to their reduce their daily single-use plastic routines.

The first plastic issue we faced in the office came up on our morning office cup of tea run. Since most teabags contain plastic, some of us gave up tea for the week, however later in the week we discovered there are some plastic-free tea bag alternatives out there. Buying shampoo was another issue due to the plastic bottle most of them come in, however with shampoo bars being readily available in most shops this proved an easy transition.

When doing our shop, many of us opted not to take non-recyclable bags when buying goods, instead taking rucksacks or bags for life. When buying food for pets, Claire from our Creative team decided not to buy the usual bagged salad for her tortoise, Professor Truffles. In doing this she discovered Professor Truffles enjoys dandelion and clover which isn’t just plastic-free, it’s also cost-effective.

Plastic Free July

In terms of daily grooming, some of us decided to ditch disposable razors and invest in stainless-steel razors with separately sold blades. Not only was this disposable but it also proved to be a cheaper alternative.

We had vegetable boxes delivered alongside our weekly boxes of fruit to the office with everyone making great use of the unpackaged fruit and veg in the office. Lunch times needed a certain creative spark as a lot of the time everything would need to be made in advance. Kate from our Environmental team made bread at home and froze individual slices to keep it fresh. As well as this she had a go at picking her own rhubarb and making jam.

On-the-whole, our staff found the week trickier than they had initially expected, however they were delighted to find out how readily available plastic-free solutions were to find. In some cases, we were finding we weren’t only reducing our single-use plastic consumption, we were also saving money.

We very much enjoyed participating in Plastic Free July and we’re happy to say some of our plastic free habits of the last week won’t be short-lived.

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