The inaugural Edinburgh Food Festival arrives this July

This article is from 2015

The inaugural Edinburgh Food Festival arrives this July

Hardeep Singh Kohli / credit: Paul Johnston at Copper Mango

Gourmet street food, cuisine-based discussions and evening entertainment at George Square Gardens

This summer will see George Square Gardens transformed into a culinary extravaganza, with the inaugural Edinburgh Food Festival kicking off at the end of July.

The event is running as part of Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink – an initiative supported by VisitScotland, EventScotland and Scotland Food and Drink, which aims to highlight Scotland’s quality produce to visitors and locals.

Featuring local producers, gourmet street food, talks and discussions, the festival will offer foodies from all over the chance to get a true taste of Scotland, and will also provide award-winning entertainment in the evening, with comedy, live music and cabaret all on the menu.

The vendors in attendance include Well Hung and Tender, whose Aberdeen Angus and Lockerbie cheese burgers have become somewhat of an urban legend in Edinburgh, and, locally sourced fresh Scottish seafood provider, Alanda’s Scottish Seafood Grill. Khushi's Indian Restaurant are also set to spice things up in their bus trailer while Pisa Pizza will add some Italian flair.

For those that can pry themselves away from the mouth-watering scents of street food, there will also be talks on a wide range of topics to whet intellectual appetites. Our very own Food & Drink Editor, Donald Reid is opening the festival with a discussion on The Year of Food and Drink and Scotland’s natural larder. Aromatherapist Gail Bryden will also be on hand to talk about creating her award-winning chocolate range and Executive Chef Suzanne O’ Connor will be explaining why Victor & Carina Contini only use the best independent Scottish artisan suppliers and producers.

After a day of food-tasting and discussion, festival attendees will have the chance to sit back and witness the comedic talents of Hardeep Singh Kohli in Vdeep & Deeper, the fiddle-playing of award-winning musician Aiden O’Rourke, the sexy cabaret of Le Haggis, and several other talented performers.

Entrance to Assembly George Square Gardens is free from midday and bookings can be made for the evening programme through the Assembly festival website. The daily talks are also free but ticketed as space is limited.

Edinburgh Food Festival runs from Wed 29 Jul–Sun 2 Aug. See the Edinburgh Food Festival website for the full schedule and further details.

Edinburgh Food Festival

Edinburgh Food Festival is a celebration of Scottish food with meet-the-producer events and chef demos, as well as street food stalls.