Just because you’re getting married in Scotland doesn’t mean you have to dish up mince and tatties. Here is Amy Shearer’s selection of international flavours from top local kitchens and bars
ITALY: Let’s start from the top-ping
If your favourite treat for date night is going out for pizza, why not have that on your big day? Pizzabox Scotland will rustle up fresh wood-fired pizzas from its cool vintage horse box and serve them straight to you and your guests. Homemade using specially selected ingredients, this is the ultimate taste of Italy – and there’s a slice to suit every palate.
SCOTLAND: Whisky Business
Want some Scottish flavours for your wedding? Pure Bartending will keep your guests well watered with its range of delicious drinks. “It can be a nice idea to offer palate-cleansers and aperitifs to get everyone ready for the meal ahead,” suggests owner Michael Mackenzie. Afterwards, some digestifs may be required: “Old-fashioned cocktails and whisky sours are very popular at weddings. We can also mix it up with a Scotch whisky dessert cocktail with cream, blackberries and honey.” Yes please!
Left: Grazing tables are a sweet addition to any party and The Charming Olive has you covered! Right: Pizzabox Scotland can offer a slice of something nice to your guests
JAPAN: You make mi-so happy
Do you and your other half go weak at the knees for Asian cuisine? If so, Sando should definitely be included in your wedding feast plans. The Edinburgh business offers Asian-inspired street food, with everything from gloriously cheesy Korean corndogs to katsu curry chicken on the menu. Owner Ged even does homemade shokupan – Japanese milk bread loaf. It’s a recipe he mastered after he set up Sando just after the second lockdown, so you can be sure this will not only be a mouthwatering experience, but an authentic one too.
FRANCE: French Kiss
The Scottish Wedding Street Food Company is a collective of eight vendors, all of whom want to make your big day special. One of them, Talkin’ Crepe!, offers hot, freshly made crepes with your choice of fillings. Favourites include Eton mess, Biscoff and cream, and the spectacular-sounding Nutella and ice-cream hot crepe.
Historically, French crepes were very popular because they were cheap to make with just a handful of ingredients, and creperies are still a common fixture in many French and European cities. Hiring these guys mean you’ll have your very own nod to Paris at your Scottish wedding!
Vegans have traditionally had a tough time when it comes to wedding food. But there are no boring salad stereotypes with Typhoon Ten’s fabulous street food. “Our menu is really based on the kind of American junk food we Brits have come to know and love,” explains owner Sam Christie. “We like to ‘vegan-ise’ the familiar and make it really filthy and delicious. We make all mock meats by hand after months of obsessive recipe tweaking, and we’re really proud of it.”
NEW ZEALAND: On cloud wine
Looking for a nice tipple to toast your marriage with? Prego Mobile Bar has you covered. It offers bespoke drinks packages using quality products, such as delectable wines from New Zealand. These are paired with excellent service for a memorable and enjoyable event. We’ll drink to that!
AUSTRALIA: O-live it!
For a stress-free option that suits everyone, you can’t beat a grazing table. The Charming Olive took inspiration from Down Under for its catering business. “We had the idea after a trip to Australia, where grazing is a pretty big deal,” says co-owner Dawn Kane. “The food itself provides the wow factor, but we take this to the next level and introduce complimentary fresh eucalyptus on all of our graze tables – its smells and looks amazing. We use the freshest seasonal produce, and are always looking for new ways to put our spin on the latest trends.”