The Old Masters

I’m writing this on the first Saturday of the festival and once again I’m perplexed at how little impact the worlds biggest arts festival has on our little neighbourhood of Easter Road (seriously, we are at most half a mile from the action and there is naff all going on around here) This is not because we are a bunch of philistines (honest!) in fact we are something of an artistic hub. To prove it we have an arts festival of our very own.

The Colony Of Artists is an annual exhibition that takes over the Abbeyhill colonies for a weekend every September and is a highlight of the shops calendar. The many local artists throw their doors open to a bunch of strangers in the hope of selling some wares and for the first time this year we are going to take part.

Not that we have the talent or balls to exhibit anything ourselves, but we do have a bunch of booze. So on Sunday 22nd September, we will be in the Little Fitzroy Cafe pouring glasses some of very select, dusty, old, maybe past their prime- maybe spectacular wines.

to be honest, we are quite curious about how some of our older vintages are tasting, so this will be a bit of a journey of discovery for us too.

Because there is every possibility that some of this wine will be buggered, we will slip in replacement wines if anything has gone too far over the hill.

Tickets cost £19 and the evening kicks off at 7pm

We are not looking to make any profit out of this tasting, so your £19 will be 100% spent on furnishing you with seven glasses of really good plonk at below cost price.

If this sounds like your idea of a great way to cap a weekend of culture, you are going to have to pop into the shop to pick up a ticket (not bothering with eventbrite since we can only squeeze 12 of you in)


*illustration, Edvard Munch, Self Portrait With A Bottle Of Wine. 1906