Edinburgh’s Christmas Market is officially open! Running from the 20th of November to the 4th of January, it offers a variety of spectacular markets, rides and attractions. From the St Andrew Square ice ring to the ferris wheel lit up in Christmas lights, it is enough to satisfy every festive spirit out there.
Our favourite part? Christmas Market food. Here are some tasty treats and Christmas staples you do not want to miss out on.
1. Mulled wine
Made with red wine along with various mulling spices and raisins, from cinnamon to anice and from clementines to lime, this drink is served hot or warm and is a traditional staple of any respectable Christmas market. In Jamie Oliver’s words, come the festive season, there’s nothing better than a spiced, warming glass of this mulled wine.
2. Gingerbread anything
Judging from the millions of Jankee Candles and Starbucks drinks, the smell of gingerbread is thought of as the embodiment of Christmas itself, and no Christmas market would be complete without it. Shaped in houses, puppets, hearts with sugary decorations, you can find your way to it simply by following its festive smell wafting through the air.
Also known as german pan fried potatoes, cooked with bacon and onion and sometimes served in the form of pancakes. They might not give the best breath, but be ready for some serious heart-and-body warmth.
A baked bread product made from dough most commonly shaped into a twisty knot (“a pretzel loop”), pretzels are most commonly seasoned with salt or nuts, though a sweet version can be found seasoned with sugars or chocolate. Perfect to nibble on as you walk though the stalls of the market and incredibly fun to eat.
From the Old High German Brätwurst, from brät-, finely chopped meat, and Wurst, sausage, this tasty meat is also often associated with the modern German verb braten (to roast). In the most fancy of markets, it is cooked on a large circular grill suspended in the air by chains, with the charcoal heat adding a prominent flavour to the meat. Ideal to keep you safe from the cold and hunger.
Images courtesy of amdoyle77 on Flickr, germanfoodguide, tanveerbadal, maki on Flickr, Gerosimov on Flickr and Magda Indigo on 500px.