What to expect at this year's Edinburgh Food Festival

The food festival is back for its second year with a tasty mix of collaborations

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Drawing food ever closer to the full August cultural experience, the Edinburgh Food Festival, run by Assembly, takes place in George Square Gardens in the week immediately before the Fringe begins. As its inaugural outing last year proved, a hub of good food in a fine location is a strong draw as people enjoy a space to meet, mingle, play and picnic. And this year, that draw is only stronger, with a decent array of street food from Scottish outfits such as Fresh Revolution and Alplings dumplings as well as bars, coffee stops and food stalls from engaged local producers including Plan Bee and Breadshare.

Some intriguing collaborations have been established for the week, including fruity food specialists Gibbons with the Taiwan tea infusions of TeaWon, and Brew Lab’s cold-brew coffee with Twelve Triangles’ doughnuts. Adding to this mix, Assembly have programmed a daily line-up of talks, tastings, discussions and events including an interactive Scottish Food Showcase, meet-the-author cook book sessions and Slow Food’s Taste Adventure for kids.

There’s also food-and-drink-related entertainment in the on-site Spiegeltent Palais Du Variete with vintage afternoon tea dances, an evening Speakeasy, pop-up dining from Section 33, and a Ready Steady Chef competition hosted by chef Tom Lewis and fisherman Guy Grieve.

Edinburgh Food Festival, George Square Gardens, Wed 27–Sun 31 Jul.

Edinburgh Food Festival

Celebrate all the lovely food and drink that Scotland has to offer. 2015's inaugural festival attracted over 20,000 visitors, and 2016's event is looking bigger than ever. There are a variety of headline shows taking place over the five days, including 'Ready Steady Cook' with Tom Lewis and Guy Grieve, the Speakeasy…

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