Edinburgh foodies are in for a special treat this weekend! Not only is the weather glorious, but their very own festival – the Foodies Festival, to be precise – has come to town and it looks set to be a brilliant weekend for lazing in the park and savouring all the culinary delights on offer.
Foodies Festival is a bit of a summer institution across the UK, and Edinburgh is a city perfectly suited to this celebration of food and drink. With an ever-expanding dining scene that caters to all sorts of tastes and a dedicated clientele who value high quality and innovation in cuisine, the Scottish capital is a bit of a foodie paradise year-round.
During the three days of the Foodies Festival – which this year runs 10th to 12th August 2012 in the gorgeous setting of Inverleith Park – visitors and locals alike have a brilliant opportunity to learn the secrets of the city’s top chefs and sample a delicious array of local produce and restaurant menus. Fans can watch cooking demonstrations by favourite television chefs and Michelin-starred masterminds across a wide range of cuisines, plus take part in cooking workshops, tastings and food and wine matching masterclasses.
Some of the highlights on this year’s progamme include demos by Mark Greenaway of Restaurant Mark Greenaway; Stuart Muir of the Forth Floor Restaurant at Harvey Nichols; and Mattia Camorani of Cucina at Hotel Missoni, the most stylish luxury hotel in Edinburgh. There is also a series of presentations by chef/comedians Lucy Porter, Tim Vine and Stephen K Amos, in a nod to Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival.
Cooking classes are being provided by the Edinburgh School of Food and Wine, and among the tastings on offer are sessions devoted to oysters, coffee, beer, wine and gin. You can see the full details of the programme and ticket options at the Foodies Festival website; tickets are available for one day only or the whole weekend.
Another hugely popular feature of the Foodies Festival is the artisan food market, which offers a spectacular selection of locally-produced food and drink for sampling and purchase. You can easily spend an entire afternoon browsing through the choices, then take some time out in the restaurant tents, where some of the city’s top restaurants and bars will be serving up specially-created menus and cocktails to the hungry crowd.
Have a look at the 360-degree view below to get an idea of the Foodies atmosphere (the year this was taken, the festival was held in Holyrood Park, hence the hills in the background):
Are you attending this year’s Foodies Festival? What chef or restaurant are you most excited to experience?