Our favourite food and drink events happening at Edinburgh Festivals 2017
- Louise Stoddart
- 11 July 2017
Including afternoon tea with Tom Kitchin, Campfire Feasts and a raucous gin cabaret
Food frustrations in Edinburgh during August are a thing of the past. No longer are we forced to queue for the few food vendors around the city, only to be served a sloppy burger when we reach the front of the line. Now, there's fierce competition between street food producers to get a space in the heart of the festival action, and diners have a range of cuisines to choose from.
We've also seen an increasing number of pop up food events over the years, as well as comedy and theatre shows that are dedicated entirely to food and drink. Here are some events to look out for this year if you're constantly thinking about your next meal.
Edinburgh International Book Festival
The Edinburgh-born celebrity chef and youngest winner of a Michelin star discusses how best to work with meat and game. Kitchin will offer advice on how to cook and prepare partridge and venison while giving tips on simple roasts and salads.
Tom Kitchin, Charlotte Square Gardens, Thu 24 Aug
Afternoon Tea with Yasmin Khan
British-Iranian food journalist and human rights campaigner talks about her Persian roots and how they helped inspire her recipe book, The Saffron Tales. Khan shares stories from her journey across Iran and reveals how the experience helped develop her cookery classes and pop-up supper clubs back home.
Afternoon Tea with Yasmin Khan, Charlotte Square Gardens, Tue 22 Aug
Afternoon Tea with Davy Zyw
Davy Zyw started his career working for the Roux brothers as their youngest British wine waiter. Since then, he's climbed the ranks and is now a well respected wine buyer and author of I Love Champagne. Enjoy afternoon tea while Zyw highlights some of the finest wines going.
Afternoon Tea with Davy Zyw, Charlotte Square Gardens, Sat 19 Aug
Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Eating House at the Meeting House
Edinburgh Food Studio's Ben Reade and Ian Wilson of Susie's Diner are serving simple and affordable vegetarian dishes from their pop-up at The Meeting House this August. Using foraged herbs, seasonal local vegetables and other organic ingredients, they're offering veg bowls, soup, freshly baked cakes and coffee to the festival goers craving something healthy.
Eating House at the Meeting House, Quaker Meeting House, Fri 4–Thu 31 Aug
Dram & Smoke
Edinburgh natives Paul Ross and Nick Fulton return to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe after a sold out run last year. This time, they're offering two unique dining experiences: The Campfire Feasts and The Campfire Cocktails Experience. They'll be working closely with Talisker to celebrate whisky from the oldest working distillery on the Isle of Skye.
The Campfire Feasts, The Biscuit Factory, Fri 4–Sun 27 Aug. The Campfire Cocktails Experience The Biscuit Factory, Sat 5–Sun 27 Aug
Viva Napoli! Dinner and Show
Enjoy a three course Neapolitan meal in Valvona and Crolla while Philip Contini and his Be Happy Band perform live on stage. Featuring love songs from Torna a Surriento, Roberto Murolo, Renato Carosone and more.
Viva Napoli! Dinner and Show, Valvona & Crolla VinCaffe Ristorante, Sun 13, Sun 20 & Sun 27 Aug
Mother's Ruin: A Cabaret about Gin
An Australian theatrical cabaret in partnership with Four Pillars Gin and The Ginstress. A raucous journey through the history of gin, telling tales of New York speakeasies, the Australian Bush and Peruvian jungles. Guests receive a complimentary Four Pillars G&T to enjoy while watching the show.
Mother's Ruin: A Cabaret about Gin, Rose Theatre, Wed 2–Sun 27 Aug
Paolozzi @ The Arches
Edinburgh Beer Factory's Paolozzi Lager are setting up camp in the Waverley Arches this August. To keep us hydrated, they've invited along Stockbridge's Smith and Gertrude and the Cocktail Kitchen as well as food stalls from The Pitt. To pay homage to Eduardo Paolozzi's many influences, there will also be art displays to browse and they've got the Rag and Bone Barber Shop on hand to sort your hair if you really let things go for the month.
Paolozzi @ The Arches, New Waverley Arches, Tue 8–Mon 28 Aug
Toasted Radish Supper Club
The popular Edinburgh supper club, Toasted Radish pop up for one night during the Edinburgh Festival to celebrate the work of the greatest fictional crime sleuth, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Canapés are served before a three course meal, coffee and petit fours.
Toasted Radish Supper Club, The Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre, Sat 12 Aug
Eteaket's Brew-tastic Show
Eteaket aren't giving too much away about their festival show, but expect tea facts, tea fiction, singing and a tour of the shop from Eteaket's tea professor.
Eteaket' Brew-tastic Show, Eteaket Rose Street, Aug Thu 3–Sun 27 Aug