It’s nearing that great time of the year when the festival kicks off, the sun shines and everyone is happy. Well that’s the plan anyway. But there’s another festival, Foodies Festival, of the food variety which runs 8th, 9th and 10th August over in Inverleith Park. If celebrating Scotland’s finest produce, tasting delicious international street food, and learning from the culinary masters sounds like your thing then read on for more information and how to get yourself a pair of tickets at the end of the post.
Having started as a small event in Edinburgh eight years ago, the festival has now grown into Scotland’s food and drink event of the Summer, transforming Inverleith Park into a foodie paradise with over 200 artisan producers, pop-up restaurants, premium brands and the chance to watch your favorite chefs cooking live.
Festival Director Sue Hitchen said… “Edinburgh is where it all started for Foodies Festival, so it’s a very special event for me and our team. This year we are delighted to be the official partner of the MasterChef Dining Bus, which offers our visitors a unique onboard dining experience with the contestants and winners from the series cooking onboard and serving visitors top-notch dishes from the purpose built kitchen.“
Top chefs joining in on the fun this year include MasterChef Profesionals runners-up Adam Handling and Scott Davies, our very own Mark Greenaway, TV Chef Tony Singh but to name a few. All of those mentioned and more will be cooking their signature dishes live in the Chef’s Theatre whilst explaining how you can recreate the dishes yourself and wow friends and family.
This year there are a number of new features. These include Chocolate, Bake and Preserves Theatre, which will host top pastry chefs, chocolatiers, bakers and sugarcraft experts. This is complemented by the new Chocolate, Baking and Preserves Village, for those with a sweet tooth and who enjoy home baking, with a selection of stalls selling baking essentials and the latest gadgets. I can see Mr Edinburger having to be dragged away from here!!
There is also a new outdoor BBQ Arena, featuring hourly BBQ cooking demonstrations with a chance for the audience to take part in BBQ challenges; meat-eating competitions and they can even learn how to make a ‘BBQ cake’!
Something else which Mr Edinburger will be loving is the introduction of a new Chilli Market. The market offers to spice things up with a range of chilli-growers and artisan producers of sauces, sweets and jams. For those who can handle the heat a Chilli Eating Challenge takes place at 5pm daily.
Returning features this year include the popular Drinks Theatre, where masterclasses and demonstrations throughout the day will allow visitors the chance to taste and learn about wine, champagne, sherry, ales and spirits with experts including TV’s Charles Metcalfe, beer expert Melissa Cole and champagne expert Neil Phillips. There is also a daily cocktail making competition to find the best cocktail in Edinburgh, judged by an audience of Foodies visitors.
Foodies Festivals are recognised for their focus on street food with the introduction of the Street Food Avenue in 2012. This year visitors can enjoy a huge selection of award winning hot and cold food from around the world including hog roasts, Vietnamese buns, exotic meats, tapas, churros, burritos, Moroccan tagines, South American prime beef, Jamaican and Thai street food. This all sounding good, well keep on reading to find out how to WIN yourself a pair of tickets!
If you have little foodie lovers, then there is plenty for them to do as well with the Children’s Cookery Theatre hosting “Around the World” themed cookery classes. These workshops will help children find their taste buds and teach them basic cooking skills.
Can’t wait for our competition below to close and want to get yourself some tickets? Well we have an offer of 2-for-1 tickets if you quote FOODIES241 when booking tickets on the Foodies Festival website. It applies to adult and concession day tickets across all days of the festival.
1-day adult ticket for Friday £10.00
1-day adult ticket Saturday or Sunday £12.00 (£10.00 concession)
3-day adult ticket £18.00 (£15.00 concession)
1-day VIP ticket £38.00 (Friday VIP ticket £35)
Opening times: 10am until 6pm.
VIP tickets include a glass of Nyetimber English Sparkling Wine on arrival, access to the VIP tent throughout the day, a goody bag and priority entry to theatre and masterclass sessions as well as a private bar with refreshments throughout the day and great views of the entertainment stage.
All children aged 12 and under go free to all Foodies Festivals when accompanied by an adult.
Now to win yourself a pair of tickets, simply enter your name and email address into the box below and click enter. It’s as simple as that. To get yourself more entries remember to share on Facebook and Twitter. If you’re not in you can’t win. Good luck!![contesthopper contest=”627″]