Nourish your taste buds as well as your soul at the new Edinburgh Food Festival!

A brand new summer food festival is set to take place in Edinburgh, showcasing the very best of Scotland’s food and drink alongside a line-up of music, entertainment and talks.

The Edinburgh Food Festival will feature stalls from at least 15 different producers around the garden, including Slow Food experts and bread makers and with food offerings that will include freshly grilled seafood, wood fired pizza and gourmet beef burgers. Between shows, festival attendees can also enjoy free talks ranging from the benefits of organic food to a discussion on sustainability in food and drink.

The Edinburgh Food Festival is supported by EventScotland, VisitScotland and Scotland Food & Drink as part of the Year of Food and Drink Scotland that runs till 31 December 2015. The Year celebrates the role that food and drink plays in shaping Scotland’s economic success through a series of events and activities designed to showcase Scotland’s outstanding natural larder and our reputation as a land of food and drink.

Regional Partnerships Director of VisitScotland, Manuela Calchini, said, “Edinburgh is home to some of the best festivals in the world so it’s very fitting that this year, during the Year of Food and Drink, visitors to the Capital will have a new edible element to chew over in the form of the Edinburgh Food Festival. …”

Tickets are on sale for a range of evening entertainment that includes Edinburgh-based comic Hardeep Singh Kohli; cutting edge cabaret show Le Haggis; award winning Scottish fiddler, composer and producer Aidan O’Rourke and the well- loved all- female four piece folk band, The Poozies who will perform in the iconic Spiegeltent.

Free to attend, Edinburgh Food Festival will take place from 29 July to 2 August, midday until after midnight, in Assembly’s George Square Gardens.

The food talks and debates are free but booking is required. More information on the festival can be found at www.edfoodfestcom.