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It's finally here - the first of our Scran Christmas Specials. This year we've been across the land talking to various suppliers, businesses and social enterprises all about our favourite time of year and what it means for them.

Over the next two episodes you can expect tips for your Christmas dinner and cocktail making as well as ideas for gifts and eating out over the festive season.

We'll talk to social enterprises and charities working to support people in crisis or difficulty this Christmas and we talk to food producers about this important time of year for them.

In this first episode Rosalind talks to Michael Shannon of Damn Delicious in Biggar about the business of turkeys, and from there we move to another essential food group for this time of year - chocolate.

Sebastien Kobelt, Master Chocolatier takes us through being in the chocolate business and what to think about when gifting chocolate.

For many of us, this time of year brings to mind those who won't be able to have the kind of Christmas they would like to because they are experiencing a crisis or in need of support.

Rosalind spoke to Euan Brock and Andy of Social Bite to hear about how they are working with the social enterprise to help those experiencing homelessness this Christmas.

Our final stop on today's podcast is at what can only be called an Edinburgh festive institution - The Dome, where tourists and shoppers gather every year to bask in the glow of their festive illuminations.

Listen to the episode in full

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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind writes for The Scotsman on all things food and drink related as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.

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