The main Foodies Festival (there is also a Christmas Foodies Festival) returns to Edinburgh Inverleith Park at festival time for its 10th anniversary.
The Foodies Festival organisers say 34,000 guests entered its gates last year, and so in this the "Year of Food and Drink Scotland" they are expanding the festival site by 50%, making room for new food and drink theatres, an extended Producers Market and a huge selection of street food for visitors to feast on.
Bee Keeping, Oyster Shucking, Sushi Making and Foraging are just a few of the hands-on masterclasses festival-goers can try in the new Tasting Theatre.
Chocolate addicts can get an instant hit of coco with ‘How to Sniff Chocolate like a Rockstar’ lessons from Coeur de Xocolat in the Cake & Bake Theatre, which also hosts local bakers offering "3D cake modelling", Chocolate Making and Sugar-Craft masterclasses.
A complementing Chocolate, Cake and Bake Village is a paradise for home bakers filled with the latest gadgets and baking essentials – a haven for Great British Bake Off fans.
A new Wine, Champagne and Craft Beer Theatre will host a food and drink matching masterclasses with experts Charles Metcalfe, Neil Phillips and beer expert Melissa Cole.
London jamón bodega Bar Tozino will be matching wines and Spanish snacks from the Rioja region of Spain, while wine expert Susy Atkins is on hand to share all her expertise in a Rioja masterclass.
Gin and Whisky masterclasses are also available, with a daily cocktail-making competition between local bars to find Edinburgh’s Best Mixologist.
The Aga Rangemaster Chefs Theatre welcomes Michelin-star, celebrity and top local chefs who will cook their favourite summer recipes, inspiring visitors to recreate these dishes at home and experiment with new flavours and ingredients.
Chefs confirmed include:
- Michelin-star Marcello Tully - Kinloch Lodge
- Jamie Scott - MasterChef: The Professionals 2014 winner
- Adam Handling - Adam Handling at Caxton voted Scotland’s Chef of the Year
- Mark Greenaway – Restaurant Mark Greenaway and Bistro Moderne
- Tony Singh - TV Chef & food Author
- Paul Wedgwood – Wedgwoods
- Neil Forbes – Cafe St Honore
- Jian Wang - Chop Chop
- Graeme Pallister – 63 Tay Street
- Colin Findlay - Melville Castle
- Kim Atcharahorn Kaewkraikhot - Chaophraya
- Ian McAndrew - Blackaddie
The Producers Market has been extended to showcase Scotland’s natural larder and abundance of quality produce. With over 200 artisan producers selling award winning cheeses and condiments, jams and bakes, confectionary, cured meats and more, visitors will be spoilt for choice for what to buy to take home and enjoy.
An extended Street Food Avenue at the heart of the festival serves up a huge selection of hot and cold dishes from around the world. Japanese, Thai, Brazilian, Argentinian, Indian, Mexican, French and African are just some of the cuisines visitors can tuck into in the Feasting Tent.
The BBQ Arena is perfect for fans of outdoor cooking with daily ‘King of the Grill’ cook-offs. Or for those brave enough, the famous Chilli Eating Competition challenges entrants to try and break last year’s record of 14 varieties of chillies eaten without a drink to win the Chilli Eating Crown.
After a day of feasting and fun, foodies can relax with a spot on the grass and soak in the atmosphere with live music from the entertainment stage and a refreshing cocktail, glass of bubbly or a Pimm’s from the Giant Pimm’s Teapot and Galleon Mojito bars.
Little foodies can explore their taste buds and learn basic cooking skills with Picnic in the Park themed masterclasses in the Childrens Cookery Theatre, where Kiddy Cook will show them how to make finger sandwiches, jellies and chocolate bugs.
Friday adult day ticket £10.00 (£8.00 concession)
Saturday or Sunday adult day ticket £13.00 (£11.00 concession)
3-day adult ticket £20.00 (£16.00 concession)
Friday VIP ticket £35.00
Saturday or Sunday VIP ticket £38.00
VIP tickets include a welcome glass of bubbly, access to the VIP tent with private bar and refreshments throughout the day, priority entry to food and drink masterclasses, a goody bag and a showguide.
All children aged 12 and under go free to all Foodies Festivals when accompanied by an adult.