The Sky’s the Limit for Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink

Monday 09 August 2010

The Edinburgh Festival is offering a brand new experience in 2010, Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink. After delighting guests from Monaco to Las Vegas,’s unique Festival in the Sky dining experience is touching down at the Princes Street Gardens from the 1st to the 31st of August.

Diners will enjoy unrivalled views of the Scottish capital as they are suspended 100ft in the air from a crane in Edinburgh’s scenic Princes Street Gardens. At the luxury 22 seater table, diners will be treated to a sample of Scotland’s finest food & drink whilst enjoying amazing views of Edinburgh’s spectacular skyline.

Each sitting lasts for half an hour, and guests can book in for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea or dinner as well as a range of speciality events, including Burns suppers. Diners are fastened into their chairs and are slowly rotated, allowing views out over both the majestic Edinburgh Castle and bustling Princes Street.

The Festival in the Sky is a great addition to not only the vibrant Edinburgh Festivals but also to Scotland’s year long food and drink celebrations throughout 2010. Showcasing the best of Scottish cuisine and promoting Scotland as the land of food and drink, events throughout the country are also outlining the wealth of top quality locally sourced food cooked by inspirational chefs, and coupled with Scotland’s huge range of fantastic food festivals.

During the celebrations which will continue until May 2011, events will take place throughout the length and breadth of Scotland. From Edinburgh’s Royal Highland Show and Foodies at the Edinburgh Festival, to the Arbroath Sea Festival and the Orkney Wine Festival. Scottish Food Fortnight also takes place throughout Scotland during September before the focus moves north with the Shetland Food Festival in October.

Scotland can also lay claim to being the home of 15 Michelin starred restaurants, from Number One at the Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh to the prestigious Gleneagles resort, Kinloch Lodge on the Isle of Skye, and the Peat Inn in St Andrews, the Home of Golf. Scotland is also commonly known as the Home of Whisky, with over 120 distilleries throughout the country and a distilling history dating back to the 18th century.

·’s Festival in the Sky is located just off Princes St and five minutes walk from Edinburgh Castle.

· Festival in the Sky is open to people of all ages - meeting the minimum-height requirement of 1.5metres/4 foot 11 inches.

· Diners ascend to over 100 feet at the 22 seat luxury table.

·'s Festival in the Sky flies throughout the day, and the all-weather roof protects against any unwelcome elements. In the unlikely event of high winds affecting departures, flights can be rescheduled at diners’ convenience.

· One of the most asked questions, "What happens if I need to go to the toilet?" The experience in the sky will last 30 minutes and there are toilet facilities on the ground, but if necessary, it only takes the table a minute to descend

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