The Edinburgh Foodies Festival takes place on a three day weekend in mid August, during the height of the Edinburgh Festival. 2015 saw the tenth Foodies Festival, the third in Inverleith Park, and it turned out to be the largest and most successful to date.
Access and parking at Inverleith Park are excellent and the event takes place in a gated village which has grown markedly in size between its first to its second year there. Previously the festival had taken place in Holyrood Park, close to the Scottish Parliament buildings and Holyrood Palace, in an area much less accessible and prone to flooding. In 2015, despite rain on the Friday, Saturday dawned much brighter, the sun shone and visitors were able to enjoy good conditions underfoot and grass dry enough to picnic on. The popularity of the Edinburgh Foodies Festival also ensured that 2015 was a sell out event.
The Edinburgh Foodies Festival is a celebration of fine food and drink and culinary talent presented in a format that is repeated across the UK at similar events through the year. The Chefs' Theatre is at the heart of this event, playing host to some of the nation's finest culinary talent including Michelin-starred and other award-winning chefs and celebrities including, in 2015, Chef Jamie Scott who wowed the judges of Masterchef; The Professional earlier in the year.
Over the three days of the festival, a succession of chefs are in attendance preparing their favourite dishes live on stage and passing on hints and tips for you to try at home.
Fancy putting those hints and tips into practice? A series of hands-on food and drink masterclasses led by industry experts also takes place, with plenty of tastings and opportunities to quiz the very best in their field. And children are catered for too, with their own special cooking area, The Children's Theatre. Here, a team of chefs is on hand to encourage youngsters to grasp the basics, whilst promoting fun, healthy eating.
Chefs from Scotland's leading restaurants are also in attendance preparing their signature dishes for visitors to taste, as are representatives from the capital's top bars, preparing a colourful and enticing array of summer cocktails. Relax in the sunshine, soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the entertainment.
The festival also offers the opportunity to shop for ingredients from local producers who, as well as selling fresh seasonal produce, are on hand with samples for visitors to try and with tips on how to make the most of Scotland's abundant larder. Speciality food and drink producers from further afield, including from the rest of Europe and beyond are also represented. So if it is spice you are after, you won't be disappointed!
The Foodies Festival provides a great day out for all the family and tickets are valid for the full three days. Simply sign up on arrival for the Chefs' Theatre, Drinks Theatres and Pop-Up Restaurants, and you are guaranteed a varied and interesting program of events all included in the entrance fee to the festival.
The 2016 festival will take place over a weekend in mid August (dates to be confirmed) and you can follow preparations and find out who will be in attendance by visiting the Edinburgh Foodies Festival own website.