Foodies Festival is celebrating its 15th year in Edinburgh this summer – and the annual party is launching in style. From the 2nd–4th of August, Inverleith Park will play host to 35,000 hungry visitors, so whet your appetite and dive in!

Words Louise Hutton

Born and bred in Edinburgh, Foodies Festival has been the natural home of Scotland’s best food and drink for the past 15 years. On such a huge anniversary,  the “gastronomic Glastonbury” promises a blow-out celebration of all things edible.

As always you can expect a line-up of top chefs showcasing their skills in the Chef’s Theatre.
The Great British Menu’s 2019 Champion of Champions Lorna McNee will be preparing tantalising dishes using local produce. MasterChef 2019 finalist Jilly McCord will be showcasing her skills. Others include Ally McGrath of Osso Restaurant and The Great British Menu, Neil Forbes of Café St Honore, Daniel Ashmore of The Pompadour and Phillip Hickman of Brasserie Prince by Alain Roux, who’ll all be sharing their tips and tricks for aspiring foodies.

For the sweet of tooth Aisha Elani of Honeycomb & Co. will be serving up delicious cakes and sweet treats in the Cake & Bake theatre. Amy Lormier will be sharing some Scottish Granny favourites with some new twists, and prepare to be amazed by Charlotte White’s Cake and Cabaret demo.

Share a glass with The Scotsman wine columnist Rose Murray Brown, who will be sharing her wine expertise in talks across the weekend at the Drinks Theatre.

The Musicians Against Homelessness live music stage will preview the best of the Fringe Festival. Headliners The Hoosiers will lead the way, while acts such as The Dirty Harry Blondie Tribute Act, The Sensational David Bowie Experience, Wannabe – The Spice Girls Show and Billy Joel – Piano Man will keep audiences entertained over the action-packed weekend. Be sure not to miss the dazzling talent of Gingzilla: the self-styled ‘7ft, ginger bearded glammonster’ was a hit on The X Factor and America’s Got Talent, and brings raucous fun to the weekend with award-winning cabaret, music and drag. Colonel Mustard and Cirque du Slay will be bringing a taste of their colourful cabaret shows.

The wee ones aren’t forgotten either, with their own dedicated Kids Cookery Theatre featuring a slime-making masterclass and lots more fun ways to introduce them to the kitchen.

Foodies Festival gets bigger and better every year, and promises to bring another exciting, food-filled, musical weekend to Edinburgh’s Inverleith Park.

WHERE & WHEN

Foodies Festival, Inverleith Park, EH3 5NZ, 2-4 Aug, 11am–9pm Fri, 10am–9pm Sat, 10am–6pm Sun, from £17, foodiesfestival.com

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