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Along with the Fringe comes Edinburgh’s best food event, Foodies at the Festival, which this year moves to an exciting new venue.

Foodies at the Festival returns to Edinburgh for the third year running to celebrate great food and drink. The event this year will be double the size of last year, and moves to a new location at Holyrood Park with extended opening hours. New features include the Whisky Theatre, restaurant and drinks tents, as well familiar favourites such as the Chefs Theatre, food and drink masterclasses and speciality market.

Tony Borthwick celebrates his recently awarded Michelin star by headlining the impressive Rangemaster Chefs Theatre. Joining him on stage will be new names including John Quigley of Red Onion, Glasgow, David Haetzman, head chef of The Restaurant at the Rutland, Edinburgh, Mat Powell of Edinburgh’s Hotel du Vin, as well as Foodies veterans Tom Lewis of Monachyle Mhor Hotel, Edinburgh’s Neil Forbes of Atrium and Blue, and Jeff Bland of number one at The Balmoral and Glasgow’s Jacqueline O’Donnell of the Sisters and Paul Tamburini of One Devonshire Gardens.

Cooking with the chefs on stage will be STV’s resident food expert, writer and queen of baking Sue Lawrence, who will celebrate the launch of her latest book, Taste Ye Back: Great Scots and the Food That Made Them, with a signing following her appearance in the Chefs Theatre. Also singing their books at the Blackwell stand will be this season’s hottest new food authors, including up-and-coming young chef Tiffany Goodall with her book From Pasta to Pancakes and Ravinder Bhogal with Cook in Books.

Nigel Brown will give Foodies visitors a taste of his cookery school when he cooks live in the Chefs Theatre, where he will be demonstrating his passionate puddings and decadent desserts – the class he led at the Jean Christophe Novelli cook school. Nigel will also host a Ready Steady Cook-style masterclass for young cooks, where he will ask Foodies visitors to select mystery ingredients around which he will create an amazing dessert.

Fringe funnyman Steven K Amos will be appearing in the Chefs Theatre for the first time. He’s fresh from his experience on Celebrity Masterchef, and will be on stage for an hour of outrageous cooking and comedy shenanigans. The charming comedian will entertain Foodies guests by recreating his Masterchef fish dish alongside material from his solo stand-up show – anything could happen!

The Whisky Theatre will give visitors the opportunity to learn about the finest distilleries around Scotland, showcasing whiskies such as the award winning Bowmore Single Malt Scotch Whisky. There will be an impressive line up of specialist tutored tasting sessions and sampling, as well as food and whisky matching classes.

Champagne experts Veuve Cliquot host the luxurious champagne bar, with plush white furnishings to sit back and relax in VIP style while sipping their finest bubbly. Or if cocktails are more your thing, the spectacular bar pagodas will be serving up refreshing mojitos and seasonal cocktails, and the events’ later opening hours make them the perfect place to kick-start a night out.

The restaurant tents allow visitors to take a culinary journey around Scotland’s finest dining establishments all in one day. Visitors can walk around the restaurant tents and taste restaurants’ signature dishes. Portions are kept to sample size, giving foodies the opportunity to try as many different restaurants as they choose.

Visitors can take a well-earned break from shopping and discovering new flavours to enjoy live music and fringe performances while relaxing in the seating area with a glass of champagne or a cocktail and a plate of something delicious.

The extensive programme of food and drink masterclasses gives visitors the opportunity to become whisky or beer connoisseurs, cocktail mixologists or sushi experts. Each masterclass tutor will pass on their expertise in the hands-on sessions, which will include lots of tastings. Headlining the drinks masterclasses will be expert Geraldine Coates, Rum Fest UK organiser Ian Burrell and Scotland on Sunday’s wine expert Will Lyons. There will also be a programme of children’s cooking masterclasses, including Cooking for kids with Scotland on Sunday’s Fiona Bird.


Jeff Bland – number one at The Balmoral
Tony Borthwick – Plumed Horse
Liam Ginnane – Champany Inn
Jacqueline O’Donnell – The Sisters
Paul Tamburrini – One Devonshire Gardens
John Quigley – Red Onion
Craig Dunn – Abode
Neil Forbes – Atrium /Blue
Marc Robertson – Dakota
Stuart Muir – Harvey Nichols Forth Floor
Walter Walker – Bunchrew House
Jason Henderson – Knock Castle
Ian McAndrew – Blackaddie
Iggy Campos – Iggs
Matt Powell – Hotel du Vin
John McMahon – Rhubarb
Geoff Malmedy – Abstract
Mark Greenaway – The Dryburgh Abbey
Tom Lewis – Monachyle Mhor
David Haetzman – The Rutland

Ravinder Bhogal – author Cook in Books
Tiffany Goodall – author From Pasta to Pancakes
Sue Lawrence – author of Taste Ye Back

At this year’s extended producers’ market, visitors will find specialist food and drink as well as an array of local, seasonal produce to buy and sample. Including traditional mouth-watering cakes from Country Fare, Scottish confectionary from Border Tablet’s historic family recipes, jams, preserves and chutney from Muriel’s Kitchen, and Dip Nation showcasing their new range of chunky dips. There will be plenty of seasonal, local, produce including vegetable boxes from family-run organic farm Damhead and seasonal veggies and meats from Phantassie, Scottish smoked trout from Delfour Hatchery, juicy venison burgers from Scotland’s Gourmet Kitchen, game, beef and lamb from the working Scottish estate Glenlyon Gourmet and rare-breed sausages from Nethergate Farm.

Try quality handmade chocolates from Laura’s Chocolates, luxury confectionary from Edinburgh’s Chocolate Tree and unique, chic and stylish chocolates from Lauden Chocolate.

Yellowtail wines present ‘Soundsessions’ at Foodies, featuring unique wine and music matching. Try rosé with R&B or classic pop with a glass of bubbly. Visitors will also find refreshing, unique wines from the Australian family-run Brown Brothers or alternatively non-alcoholic bruit and sparkling drinks from Thorncroft.

Speciality world foods come from La Trinity, who have jams, sauces and relish to make authentic Caribbean dishes, and Med Food, whose fantastic spread of Mediterranean delights range from liquorish to olives, sun-dried tomatoes and everything in between, as well as speciality deli produce from GS Foods, authentic pastas and calzoni from Sicillian Food Suppliers and Italian produce, including extra virgin olive oil, from Solia. Healthy and versatile rapeseed oils come from Summerharvest oils and extra virgin olive oils from Jordan’s ancient groves will be on sale from Terra Rossa.

Start the day with coffee from Segafredo, then move on to beer and ales from Scotland’s finest brewers including traditional ale with a fresh edge from Cairngorn Brewery, an independent brewery in the Highlands, and premium, pure ale from the Arran Brewery. Upholding the traditional of Edinburgh’s great brewing history will be Stewarts Brewing, as well as zany beers such as ‘Old Fart’ from Direct Beers. Or for something a little stronger, the unique Spencerfield Spirits bring their unusual blended whisky ‘Sheep Dip”.

Once visitors are full up on all those fab products, they’ll also find handcrafted chopping boards from Pete Hewitt and foodie soaps from Tom Cosmala.

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