How does great food prepared by Michelin star and top chefs at your fingertips sound? Pretty splendid, I know.
From the 5th to the 7th of August, Edinburgh will be celebrating all things food at the Foodie Festival this year. An immense array of top chefs and bakers alike will be appearing all weekend at the festival, giving talks about their profession and passions, and also cook live!
This all kicks off on the 5th of August at noon, when Kaori Simpson of Harajuku Kitchen will be appearing for the Chefs Theatre. Five other chefs will also be giving talks all the way through to 5pm, when the Three Sisters Bake will draw the night to a close.
The Cake & Bake Theatre has a wide range of activities starting at 11:30 in the morning, which starts Eteaket Tea Tasting. How sophisticated!
This is followed by a tutorial on how to “Taste and pair fine chocolate with beer.” All weekend, each Cake & Bake Theatre will be ending with a chilli eating competition. Sounds hot, right?
This famous challenge continues this year and spice fans can test their might. Can you beat last year’s champion, Shahina Waseem? You may as well find out. From bell peppers to the Carolina reaper, this is a chance for foodies to challenge their taste buds and maybe even win something.
Alongside the Chefs Theatre and the Cake & Bake Theatre, there will be events at the drinks theatre and the kid’s theatre. The former offers beer tasting sessions from 11:30am (if you want to get on the sesh early) and champagne, wine and whisky master classes. The latter has a few picnics in the park for kids to enjoy!
The next two days offer exhibitions and talks just like the ones on the first day, but promises to be an exciting event, which will include Adam Handling, Great British Menu 2016 star, sharing summer recipes and cooking tips.
This weekend doesn’t just end with food, of course. Local bands will compete at the festival to win the Unsigned Music Awards. Come along and listen to the music – you may be listening to a future star!
There will also be a 1920’s tent with a grand piano and mirror bar, sponsored by estate agents and solicitors Simpson and Marwick. Edinburgh is excited to be entering its second decade of hosting the Foodie Festival, as this is its 11th year running.
The record breaking 10th festival last year welcomed around 38,000 visitors. To truly celebrate food and drink this year, the festival is showcasing a whole host of new events and brilliant chefs from all over Scotland. There will be something for everyone this year – see for yourself!
Jump down Street Food Avenue and see a feast of international flavours and delicacies. Food from all over the world will be showcased and you won’t be leaving feeling the slightest bit peckish. A spotlight will be shining on Brazilian street food in particular, to celebrate the Olympics being hosted in Rio.
There’s going to be something for you old souls too at the New Vintage Tea Room and Cake, Bake and Tasting Theatre.
You can enjoy afternoon tea in a beautifully decorated, old fashioned tea room with a selection of scones, jams, and finger sandwiches, served on china from a tea trolley!
Children will have the opportunity to get interested in cooking early on at the Children’s Cookery School.
Again, for this year’s Olympics, mini foodies can have lots of fun with their own gold medals for icing, and attend pizza and cupcake making lessons. Where was this stuff when I was a kid?
A three day adult ticket is £20, but you can go VIP for an extra £18 and get a glass of bubbly on your red carpet welcome! Kids under 12 go free to the festival when accompanied by an adult.
This winter, there will be a second Foodie Festival in Edinburgh, likely to showcase more wintry foods. This is an amazing opportunity to explore food if you’re a bit fussy, and a chance for foodies to have a great time. With something for everyone – music, food, drinks – there is no doubt that Edinburgh’s 11th Foodie Festival will go down a treat (get it?) and there will be many more to come in the future.