Faceplant's 100% vegan grilled cheese sandwich with mac'n'cheese
From poke bowls to hangover cures, the food and drink vendors tell us what they would order at the Edinbugh Food Festival
We spent the afternoon at the Edinburgh Food Festival on its opening day to find the best food and drink choices from the foodies themselves.
If you're looking for some spice in your life then Punjabi Junction is where it's at. Go for the chana masala, a chickpea curry with a spicy tomato base that's served with jeera rice infused with cumin. It's simple, yet so flavoursome. Plus, it's suitable for all the veggies out there. Chana masala, £5.
Edinburgh Food Social
These generous people have been working to improve the lives of kids across Edinburgh with their Food Truck project. They serve up local, seasonal yummies and the kimchi (Edinburgh Fermentarium) and cheese (Connage Highland Dairy) toastie is a winner. Top it all off with a swig of Bon Accord's ginger, rhubarb or lemonade sparkling drinks. Kimchi and cheese toastie, £5.
Jarvis Pickle's pies are a firm-favourite at the event and this year they're launching their brand new pie at the festival – a vegan mushroom and chestnut creation with truffle oil and oat milk. A top pick is also their Belhaven smoked trout salad if you're after something lighter. Pie £8.50; salad £7.
Over at this 100% vegan haven, enjoy dishes you never thought could be vegan like proper mac'n'cheese and hot rolls. Flying off the shelves is the Reuben grilled 'cheeze' sandwich, a savoury mix of FacePlant Cheeze, sauerkraut, pickles, mustard and deli slices of Faceplant pastrami. Reuben sandwich, £6.
Sometimes simplicity reigns king, and this is especially true with the humble loaf. Company Bakery supplies bread to joints all over the city like Lovecrumbs and Broughton Deli. Try the white or seeded sourdough, made fresh every day with some of the flour milled by them too. The bread is so flavoursome you can eat it on its own or with a lashing of butter. Waffle loaf or seeded waffle loaf (1kg), £5.80.
Do you want to try the first juice that made it to space? Then you should try Seabuckthorn, Scotland's range of powerfully anti-detoxing juices. Foraged from the beaches in East Lothian, there are just 30 miles between berry and bottle. Due to the berry's nutritious contents, they've been known to be an ancient Russian hangover cure. Try the BuckRussian, a sweet and sour shot, to revitalise yourself if you're hanging. Buck Russian, £3.
By the size of their queue, love for Hawaiian poke bowls knows no limits. This pop-up, which has appeared at the Pitt and Bearded Baker, offers five choices but a firm favourite is the Firewater. It features your choice of protein with pickled cucumber, radish, pineapple salsa with soy, a chilli and garlic kick and a sushi rice base. Firewater Poke Bowl, £7.50
Get classy and a bit sassy with the sparkling Italian wine gurus over at Poco Prosecco with their candy-coloured truck and instagrammable floral arrangements. A twist on the classic is their rosebud fizz which is a sweet summer drink with pretty rose garnishes. Rosebud Fizz, £7.
The Pickerings Granita
The Pickering's lot love to have a bit of fun and even though they admit 'everyone with a face' is using slushies at the moment, they think theirs might just be the best. The Pickerings Granita (apparently made with happy memories and the laughter of children) contains pink grapefruit, lemongrass liqueur, fresh orange and citrus notes, all iced up into a slurpable drink. Pickering's Granita, £6.
Did you know that 90% of people don't get enough fibre in their diets? Did you also know that gut health is important to happiness levels? Well, the folks at Genius do and with their open Cobb sandwiches and wraps, they're hoping to improve that with all-gluten free and high-fibre ingredients. We hear that the Cobb with smoked hummus, tomatoes, hot sauce and guacamole is an excellent choice. Open sandwich £4; wrap £3.50.
Ice cream doesn't need an introduction. It's simply just delicious. Alandas makes their award-winning gelato with fresh Scottish cream and milk straight from their East Lothian dairy where it's made in their North Berwick parlour. Although ice-cream is very subjective, the very European hazelnut flavour or the rhubarb crumble come highly recommended. 1 scoop £3; 2 scoops £4; 3 scoops £5; 4 scoops £6.
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.