Over the weekend of 13, 14, 15 August, Edinburgh’s annual food and drink event, Foodies Festival Edinburgh, joins forces with the Fringe to combine cooking with comedy in Holyrood Park.
Visitors will be treated to a delicious taste of the Edinburgh Fringe, as comedians take to the stage in the Chefs Theatre. Fringe funnymen including Stephen K Amos, Tim Vine and Brendon Burns will join Scotland’s Michelin star chefs to cook their favourite dishes live for you. Celebrity guests such as Sabrina the Teenage Witch’s Aunt Hilda, stand-up star Caroline Rhea, will be popping in too.
This year, you will be inspired by top chefs including Geoffrey Smeddle of the Peat Inn, winner of the Scottish Restaurant Awards’ ‘Chef of the Year’ and ‘Restaurant of the Year’ 2010; Edinburgh’s beloved Mary Contini of Valvona & Crolla, and Michelin star Tony Borthwick of the Plumed Horse; Visitors will even get the opportunity to meet the chefs afterwards.
Food lovers can take a break from shopping and sampling to enjoy even more live entertainment on the edfestmag.com stage, which will showcase award-winning Fringe performances including music, dance and comedy.
In the Food and Drink Masterclass Theatres, you will get a chance to take part in hands-on tutored tasting sessions, including a Heston Blumenthal-inspired liquid nitrogen class; speciality beer tasting from entertaining and energetic double act Ben and Tom of Dwink.com; cocktail mixing classes led by Edinburgh’s top mixologists, and food and wine matching with Discover the Origin.
Budding young chefs are treated to Cooking with Kids masterclasses, while parents enjoy whisky nosing and gin tasting. You can also sample signature dishes from your favourite restaurants and enjoy summer cocktails from top local bars.
Foodies Director Sue Hitchen commented: “Each Foodies Festival event is a great opportunity to celebrate local culinary and restaurant talent, and a commitment to fresh, seasonal and local produce. Foodies Festival brings together a passionate and discerning foodie audience with Britain’s finest producers, connoisseurs and top chefs.”
Geoffrey Smeddle, The Peat Inn
Tony Borthwick, The Plumed Horse
Pete Gottgens, Ardeonaig
Paul Tamburrini, Hotel du Vin
Mattia Camorani, Hotel Missoni
Mary Contini, Valvona & Crolla
Neil Forbes, Atrium, Blue, Café St Honore
Fred Berkmiller, L’Escargot Bleu
Marc Robertson, Dakota
Stephen Newman, YO! Sushi
Ian Perrie, Edinburgh School of Food & Wine
Matt Powell, Hotel du Vin
Visitors are spoilt for choice with over 150 exhibitors showcasing local, seasonal produce and speciality food and drink. Food-lovers won’t know what to try next from small artisan producers such as Arbroath Smokies and Belhaven Fruit Farm, specialist producers such as Summer Harvest Oils and Stewart Brewers and favourite local restaurants including Hawke and Hunter and Passorn Thai. Wash everything down with a class of bubbly from Veuve Clicquot.
Foodies Festival Edinburgh, Holyrood Park, 13-15 August, From £6, Tel: 0871 230 5573
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