Edinburgh Foodies Festival 2014
“Foodies Festival, the UK’s largest celebration of food & drink, returns home to Edinburgh this weekend for its biggest festival yet, transforming Inverleith Park into a culinary paradise filled with Scotland’s finest produce, street food, and culinary masters.
Having started as a small event in Edinburgh eight years ago the festival has now grown into Scotland’s most loved food and drink event, with over 200 artisan producers, pop-up restaurants, international street food and Scotland’s culinary maestros for visitors to tuck into.”
Weather isn’t the kindest in Edinburgh, and one might think trying to hold an outdoor food festival, even in the month of August, is a risk – and indeed it is. Summer is a day on, day off affair in Scotland, with one day of blissful sunshine being followed by a day of torrential rain, followed by a day of sunshine and so the pattern goes. Fortunately for us, Saturday was a day of sunshine. And as indicated by the rather epic queues on arrival, we thought we’d venture out to find our lunch at the Foodies Festival.
Our first stop saw us tuck into some grilled halloumi and hummus ciabatta as well as barbequed racks (and I mean racks) of beef and lamb. One man left with a plate of neolithic proportions that resembled a meal Fred Flintstone might have enjoyed.
Searching for something sweet, we turned to homemade marshmallows from Tipsy Mallows, with a peanut-butter and chocolate creation, as well as local artisan (and Stay Puft fan) The Marshmallow Lady for her Oreo cookie delights.
Jugs of Pimm’s were the order of an unexpectedly sunny afternoon, despite my jealously at those wandering around with coconuts adorned with straws and cocktail umbrellas.
Lavazza handed out bags of the most adorable tiny samples of their amazing coffee (as an Italian, I put nothing else in my espresso maker) and we received bags of Walker’s new Market Deli range of gourmet crisps.
We also brought home a collection of Kwan’s Chinese seasonings and sauces, a regular stop on the Foodie Festival visit and local staple of our kitchen cupboard.
Our final stop was at Heavenly Ice-Cream where I had a scoop of Equi’s ’Belgian chocolate’ (obviously) and ‘cherry Maria’. I managed to steal a taste of the most chocolate chip laden ‘mint choc-chip’ I’ve ever seen too.
Inedible treats included an adorable puppy in a bag.
Having somehow never been to a food festival before, it was an incredible feast of foods from all cultures and kinds, with an answer for whatever you fancy. Local and international brands brought together for a delicious day of discovery, I’ll definitely be back.
The Foodies Festival also offers masterclasses and presentations by famous chefs as well as a VIP treatment. If you’re in the United Kingdom, the next stops are at Battersea Park and Oxford South Parks.