With stalls, talks and demos taking place over five days, there's plenty to look forward to at the Edinburgh Food Festival
The Edinburgh Food Festival rolls into town from 25–29 July, in just enough time to pack in a little bit of padding before the August madness really gets into gear. The completely free event will take over Assembly George Square Gardens once again, with a lineup of over 20 local food and drink producers set to cook up a storm for visitors of all ages. Highlights include Ting Thai Caravan's return to the Gardens after a six-year absence, demos a-plenty from the likes of Slow Food Scotland, as well as talks from industry experts like whisky consultant Blair Bowman, who'll be discussing all things gin.
All this and … prosecco pong too? Yep, organisers have announced plans to stage Edinburgh's first ever official prosecco pong contest in association with Poco Prosecco. There's no need for non-drinkers to miss out on the fun though – Beetle Juice, the VW cocktail and mocktail bar, will also be running a fruit juice pong contest with the chance to win a mocktail.
Feeling hungry? Hit follow on our pick of the insta feeds from the festival's brilliant food stalls.
Specialising in pies, Borders-based Jarvis Pickle will bring their golden meat, fish and veggie-filled pastry pockets to the festival, fresh from winning a tray-load of prizes at the British Pie Awards.
As regular visitors to Edinburgh's street food fairs, they'll be dispensing freshly made falafel on locally made flatbread from their bright blue van, but do not, on any account, miss the halloumi fries.
Scottish farm brewery Fyne Ales will be on hand to make sure you don't go thirsty. Brewing since 2001, they try to work in harmony with nature in their isolated location, drawing their brewing water straight from the hills.
There's really not enough Eastern European food in Edinburgh – the Prague Shack aims to change all that with a range of delicious, homemade specialities made from recipes stolen from their grandma's cupboard.
With 60 years of bee-keeping experience, Miod will be bringing their signature raw honey to the festival as well as a beautiful glass beehive, to teach us all a little bit more about these fascinating creatures and their tasty honey.
Back for its fifth year, the Edinburgh Food Festival is doubling its schedule for the 2019 event, with a 10-day-long showcase of some of the best Scottish produce with meet-the-producer events and chef demos, as well as over 20 local producers and street food stallholders.