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.’