Foodies Festival – 13-15th August – Edinburgh

An array of well known chefs are visiting Foodies Festival at Holyrood Park this 13-15th August to showcase a wealth of fine food and drink, Michelin-star and top chefs demonstration and culinary inspiration from Scotland.

Geoffrey Smeddle, The Peat Inn

Tony Borthwick, The Plumed Horse

Roy Brett, Ondine

Paul Tamburrini, One Devonshire Gardens

Mary Contini, Valvona & Crolla

Mattia Camorani, Hotel Missoni

Jacqueline O’Donnell, The Sisters

Neil Forbes. Atrium, Blue and Café St Honore

Marc Robertson – Dakota

Matt Powell, Hotel du Vin

Pete Gottgens, Ardeonaig

Now in it’s fourth year, the founding Foodies event is one of four festivals taking place across the UK this summer, including Hampton Court Palace, Leeds, Oxford, Edinburgh.

The stars of the show are, of course, the chefs. This year visitors will see Geoffrey Smeddle of the Peat Inn, the Scottish Restaurant Awards’ ‘Chef of the Year’ and ‘Restaurant of the Year’ 2010; Edinburgh’s beloved Mary Contini of Valvona & Crolla and Michelin-starred Tony Borthwick of the Plumed Horse; Glasgow’s favourites Paul Tamburini of Hotel du Vin and Stephen Newman of Yo! Sushi as well as Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Food Award winner Pete Gottgens of Ardeonaig.

In the Food and Drink Masterclass Theatres visitors will enjoy hands-on tutored tasting sessions including a Heston Blumenthal-inspired liquid nitrogen class; speciality beer tasting from energetic double acts Ben and Tom of; 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 Kid masterclasses, held daily.

Over 100 exhibitors will showcase local, seasonal produce and specialty food and drink to sample and buy. Favourite local restaurants including Hawke & Hunter will serve taster portions of signature dishes, top bars will serve summer cocktails and Veuve Clicquot will host the champagne tent.

This year visitors will be treated to a taste of Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival as comedians including Stephen K Amos, Brendon Burns, Jon Richardson and Tim Vine take to the stage in the Chefs Theatre to mix cooking with comedy. During the event Fringe star’s including Abi Titmuss and “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch” actress Caroline Rhea will pop-up on stage to assist the chefs with their demonstrations. Food lovers can take a break from shopping and sampling to enjoy live entertainment from the Edinburgh Festivals Magazine sponsored stage which will showcase award winning Fringe performances including music, dance, comedy and kids shows.

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 brings together a passionate and discerning audience with Britain’s finest producers, connoisseurs and top chefs.”

The first Foodies event of the season was held in the ground of Hampton Court Palace on May 29 – 31 and attracted over 21,000 visitors. Highlight’s included live cooking demonstrations, followed by book signings, from TV’s Nadia Sawalha and Paul Merrett of The Victoria, as well as a fantastic double act performance from Katie and Giancarlo Caldesi fresh from their appearance of Saturday Kitchen. Visitors enjoyed jugs of pims and mini bottles of Veuve Clicquot and dishes from Michelin starred Atule Kochhar of Benares Restaurants.


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I am Emma and with my husband Mark write Foodie Explorers, which is a food and travel website.

I am a member of the Guild of Food Writers and British Guild of Travel Writers.

We have a wide range of judging experience covering products, hotels and have judged, for example, for Great Taste Awards and Scottish Baker of the Year.

Along the way Mark gained WSET Level 2 in Wine and I have WSET Level 2 in Spirits as well as picking up an award with The Scotsman Food and Drink Awards.    

Usually I can be found sleeping beside a cat.

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