2 August 2019

Edinburgh Foodies Festival 2019

The Edinburgh Foodies Festival kicked off today at Inverleith Park and what a glorious day it was for it. The sun was shining bright and everyone waiting to get in was up for good food, good drink and a good time. The hubby and I went along with my parents and it was a fab little day out for the four of us. We collected our VIP wristbands and headed to the VIP tent with our fizz vouchers to book some events in the Drinks Theatre. If you buy a VIP ticket it means you have a dedicated sitting area with free tea, coffee and biscuits all day. You also get a fizz voucher to swap for a sparkling drink and you get to book shows and talks quicker which happen in the big tents.

There are four different theatres you can book into this year; Hoover Chef's Theatre, Cake & Desserts Theatre, Drinks Theatre and Kids Cookery Theatre. We booked into the Edinburgh Uncorked wine tasting session in the Drinks Theatre and it was a delight. Some really good information from Diana Thompson on some lovely wines.

In the other theatres you can watch top chefs cooking live on stage such as Great British Menu Winner 2019 at Andrew Fairlie’s Restaurant Gleneagles Lorna McNee, local MasterChef Finalist Jilly McCord, The Pompadour’s Daniel Ashmore, Mark Greenaway at Grazing by Mark Greenaway, Ally McGrath at Osso Restaurant, Phil Hickman at Brasserie Prince by Alan Roux, David Lillie at The Adamson, Neil Forbes at Cafe St Honore, Emma Clark Szabo at Badger & Co and Barry Bryson at Cater Edinburgh. Many more chefs will be sharing their signature summer dishes with you live on stage.

As well as the theatres there's a main stage tent where people sing and entertain you throughout the day. There's ample seating to sit and watch and some lovely picnic blankets with pillows to rest on. I thought this was a great idea for families as kids can get out of the buggies and relax. There was a small children's area in the back right hand corner with crafts, a small inflatable and the kids cookery theatre. They had some cute baby changing tents for you to change little ones in, such a good idea especially since the toilets are portaloos.

Around the whole venue are lots of delicious food and drinks stalls giving out samples and selling their treats. We popped past Schweppes who happened to be doing some free cocktail making classes so we all signed up for that. It was great fun and you made a tasty drink which you got to take away with you. The Crab Shack was there this year selling soft shelled crabs in a brioche bun and OMG it was amazing! Myself and my Dad had that for lunch before venturing off to sample more delights.

We had a great chat with the lovely boys from Faiser of Scotland who sell a tasty whisky liqueur. They're so knowledgeable and have great patter so definitely pop along and visit them. Next to these guys is Geordie Banger Co who sell some awesome tasty sausages. My mum bought some and the rest of us sampled, get along there for the best tasting sausage yet.

It was great day and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves. It's easy to purchase tickets as well, either online or at the venue if you wish. Children under 12 and dogs go free and it's open from 10am on both Saturday and Sunday. It's meant to be a cracking weekend for the weather so head along and enjoy some tasty food and tantalising drinks at the Edinburgh Foodies Festival.

I was gifted tickets in return for an honest review. All opinions are my own. 

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