Foodies Festival at 2011 Edinburgh Fringe

Foodies Festival at 2011 Edinburgh Fringe

3-day food and drink in Holrood Park runs 12 to 14 Aug

For many years, the missing Edinburgh food festival was a void waiting to be filled. After all, it was festival season in August and lots of food was being eaten. And, of course, everywhere else in the country was running food festivals. Five years ago, Foodies was one of a number of responses, but it has endured and matured, with a three-day event dedicated to food and drink taking place in Holyrood Park from 12 to 14 August. In fact, the Foodies Festival brand has now gone national, with seven festivals this year around the UK attracting 140,000 people in total.

In many ways the format is familiar enough, with produce stalls, cooking demos and drinks promotions. At their Restaurant Village, newcomer The Salisbury Arms and Italian Hitlister Locanda di Gusti are prominent. According to event organiser Roben Hera, Foodies is a little bit different because it puts an emphasis on participating in masterclasses and tasting sessions, all included in the ticket price. Another draw is the atmosphere. ‘It’s very family friendly,’ says Hera, ‘and with the green field setting, people enjoy sitting on picnic blankets and really enjoying themselves for the whole day. The live entertainment stage with Fringe performers creates a fun festival vibe.’

Foodies Festival

Michelin starred and award-winning chefs cook up a storm at this year's festival dedicated to epicureans, as well as offerings from local producers and workshops for food lovers young and old.

Canon Hill Park, Birmingham

Fri 22 Jun 2018

£5–£38 (£8–£24; Family £29) / 0121 442 4226

Sat 23 Jun 2018

£5–£38 (£8–£24; Family £29) / 0121 442 4226

Sun 24 Jun 2018

£5–£38 (£8–£24; Family £29) / 0121 442 4226

The Downs, Bristol

Fri 11 May 2018

£5–£38 (£8–£24; Family £29)

Sat 12 May 2018

£5–£38 (£8–£24; Family £29)

Sun 13 May 2018

£5–£38 (£8–£24; Family £29)

Inverleith Park, Edinburgh

Fri 3 Aug 2018

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Sat 4 Aug 2018

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Sun 5 Aug 2018

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