Scotland’s capital is hosting the world’s largest arts festival throughout the month of August … The Edinburgh Fringe.
The Edinburgh Fringe Festival was established in 1947 and took place across only 5 venues. However, over the past 60 years, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival has expanded hugely.
There are now over 2 MILLION tickets sold to various theatre, comedy, dance, cabaret, circus, musicals, opera, exhibitions and events. With an elevated number of visitors arriving in the capital travelling from both near and afar, the Scottish culture is celebrated and shared by many.
With an emphasis on all things Scottish during the Fringe, such as, haggis, whisky, tartan and even See You Jimmy hats … the traditional Scottish sweet that is most associated with the capital is … Edinburgh Rock.
Edinburgh Rock was created by Alexander Ferguson, also known as ‘Sweetie Sandy’, in the early 19th century. Like many things, Edinburgh Rock was created by accident, as Sweetie Sandy found a tray 0f sweets that had lain forgotten for months. After tasting some of the desiccated sweets, Edinburgh Rock was born. Alexander learned the confectionary trade in Glasgow, however, he moved to Edinburgh to open up his first business on the Royal Mile, where he produced and sold Edinburgh Rock.
The deliciously sweet, soft and crumbly substance, somewhere between candy and chalk, is a childhood favourite sweet for Scottish children. Not only is Edinburgh Rock nostalgic for Scots but, it is a stalwart favourite of the Scottish experience for tourists too!
Edinburgh Rock also has a special bond with the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, as large scale production of Edinburgh Rock began in 1947, coinciding with the inaugural Fringe Festival 60 years ago. It’s popularity continues to grow, alongside the Fringe Festivals and we hope this partnership continues for many more years to come.
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