This year's 5th anniversary event includes a series of chef demos, as well as over 20 local producers and street food stallholders
he fifth annual Edinburgh Food Festival is set to showcase a range of international cuisine, with a diverse and unique selection of producers and street-food stall-holders heading to Assembly George Square Gardens this July. To offer a small taste of what to expect, we round-up five of Edinburgh's finest chefs who will be demonstrating their culinary flair at this year's festival, plus five new stalls that are well worth checking out.
Top 5 Edinburgh chefs showcasing their talents
Barry Bryson Fri 26 Jul Inspired by Scotland's natural larder, Bryson will be creating a 30-minute recipe in real time using local and seasonal ingredients – the perfect midweek meal to make at home. Cater Edinburgh, cateredinburgh.com
Carina Contini Sat 27 Jul Carina Contini of Edinburgh's Contini George Street, Cannonball Restaurant & Bar on Castlehill, and the Scottish Cafe at the Scottish National Gallery will be adding some Contini sunshine to the menu with authentic Italian-inspired alfresco recipes. contini.com
Scott Smith Sat 27 Jul Championing sustainable Scottish fish, Fhior's Smith will be offering his top tips on the best ways to barbeque fish outdoors this summer alongside Lewis Lowrie of Lowrie Fish Merchants. Fhior, Broughton Street, fhior.com
Derek Johnstone Sun 28 Jul The Borthwick Castle Head Chef will be rediscovering some of Scotland's lost ingredients and reinventing them in a modern and fresh way. Borthwick Castle, Gorebridge, Midlothian, borthwickcastle.com
Jérôme Henry Sun 28 Jul Chef Proprietor of the award-winning Le Roi Fou joins Barry Bryson to give festival-goers a glimpse into their social kitchen, while they create a fresh summer menu in real time with a hyper-local flavour. Le Roi Fou, Forth Street, leroifou.com
Top 5 new stalls exhibiting at the Edinburgh Food Festival
FacePlant Foods FacePlant Foods started as one of Scotland's first plant-based street-food trucks and now travels around Scotland selling their vegan goods. faceplantfoods.com
Mana Poke With their super-fresh and vibrant Hawaiian street food, Mana Poke have graced markets across Scotland for over a year and developed a loyal following of customers in the process. facebook.com/ManaPokeBowls
Pickering's Gin Serving up their award-winning gin in their miniature Japanese airport fire engine, Pickering's will be keeping festival-goers refreshed with their range of cocktails as well as the classic Pickering's gin and tonic. pickeringsgin.com
Punjabi Junction The social enterprise community café offers a blend of traditional Punjab and home-cooked cuisines, whilst supporting women from Edinburgh's minority ethnic backgrounds. punjabijunction.org
Edinburgh Food Festival, Assembly George Square Gardens, 19–28 Jul. Open from noon–late everyday. Free entry. Full Programme and event details available at edfoodfest.com.