EVENT – Foodies Festival, Inverleith Park August 10th – 12th 2012

Inverleith Park 2012

Foodies Festival returns for 2012 to Inverleith Park

The Foodies Festival returns to Edinburgh for the UK’s largest celebration of food and drink this August.  Food-lovers are invited to feast on the vast array of culinary activities taking place over the 3-day event including chef demonstrations and food masterclasses in the beautiful Inverleith Park. The festival is suitable for all the family and makes a great day out.

Top chefs including Scottish Chef of the Year 2011 Neil Forbes from Cafe St Honoré, Great British Menu contestant Mark Greenaway, Mattia Camorani from Cucina at Hotel Missoni and Michelin-starred Jeff Bland from The Balmoral Hotel will cook signature dishes live in the Chefs’ Theatre and explain how amateur cooks can prepare the same dishes at home.

Food from Mark Greenaway

As well as culinary lessons from the experts, Fringe acts Lucy Porter, Tim Vine and Stephen K Amos will be donning chef hats and giving comical demonstrations.

The popular Food and Drinks Masterclasses invite visitors to be amongst the first in the UK to sample new products, brush up their skills as well as learn new tips and techniques.  There are 100 places available at each session, where experts will be sharing their knowledge and giving out samples.  Over the course of the weekend there will be classes from Hendricks Gin, delicious delicacies with Caledonian Oysters, East Lothian veg with The Gardener’s Cottage, wonderful wines with expert Charles Metcalfe and traditional Jamaican street food with The Backyard Company.

Food-loving film fans can enjoy a unique culinary experience at the Food of Love Cinema, where the food featured in each movie will be served to the audience.  The programme includes pizza with Moonstruck, pasta with Goodfellas, and sushi with Tampopo.

New to Foodies this year is the Children’s Cookery Theatre, where youngsters will be encouraged to cook up a storm.  On Saturday and Sunday there will be all sorts of gastronomic experiments going on to keep the children occupied.

Also new is the City Beach – complete with sand, deckchairs and beach-huts selling ice-cream, tea and cocktails; Street Food Avenue – serving quality dishes from around the globe and the Great Taste Market – selling award-winning goods from the UK’s top producers.

Other features for food-lovers include restaurant tents, bars, a producers’ market and an exhibitor’s area.

Throughout the weekend there will be live music on the entertainment stage, including Fringe Festival performers The Blues Brothers and The Rat Pack.

Tim Vine

Opening times

Friday 10th August, 11am – 8pm

Saturday 11th August, 10am – 8pm

Sunday 12th August, 11am – 8pm

Further Information

Visit the Edinburgh Foodies website which has all the information you need including schedules of the Chef’s Theatre and Masterclasses.

You can follow Foodies on twitter @FoodiesFestival and like them on Facebook.

Tickets for Foodies Edinburgh are available via this link or by calling 0844 995 1111.

Three-day ticket £18 (concession £15).  One-day ticket £10 (concession £8).  VIP tickets cost £38 and include a 2-course meal with champagne in the VIP tent, a goody bag and priority VIP seats in the Theatres and Masterclasses.

Entry is free for children aged 16 and under accompanied by an adult.

Price includes entry into the Chefs’ Theatre, Food Masterclass, Drinks Masterclass and Kids’ Cookery Theatres and they must be registered for upon arrival (first come first served).

Competition (now closed)

We have one pair of VIP tickets to give away (worth a whopping £72) and 5 pairs of 3-day tickets to give away in our easy competition worth £36 per pair!

All you have to is answer this easy question:

Where is the Edinburgh Foodies Festival being held this year?

Email competitions@edinburghspotlight.com with ‘FOODIES’ in the subject line and the answer in the email.

The closing date for this competition is at 5pm Friday 20th July 2012.

Winners will be picked at random after the closing time and will be notified by email on how to collect the winning tickets.  Al decisions are final. Good luck!

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