Edinburgh Foodies Festival 2019: Tickets, events and everything you need to know about this year's festival

Edinburgh's Foodies Festival is back from 2-4 August, here's everything you need to know.

Published 1st Aug 2019
Updated 9 th Aug 2023

Returning to Inverleith Park, this year’s popular Edinburgh Foodies Festival will include live music, workshops, masterclasses and top chefs.

With a chef’s theatre, kids cookery school and a luxury VIP tent there’s fun for all the family including the dog, who can come along on a short lead.

When is Foodies Festival Edinburgh?

Kicking off on Friday 2 August, the festival will run until Sunday 4 August from 11am on Friday and 10am on Saturday and Sunday at Inverleith Park, Arboretum Road, Edinburgh, EH3 5NZ.

The festival runs until 9pm on Friday and Saturday and 7pm on Sunday.

How much are tickets?

​A weekend ticket is £29 and gives access for all three days. A family weekend ticket is priced at £58 and admits two adults and up to four children (under 18) to attend the festival for the entire weekend.

VIP tickets are £38 per day and includes a glass of bubbly on arrival, access to the VIP area, a goody bag, priority entry to theatre and masterclass sessions and refreshments.

Family day tickets are £38 and day tickets are £19 for adults, £17 for concessions (over 60) and £5 for young adults.

Tickets can be printed at home so are available immediately.

What chefs will be at the festival?

As ever, the Foodies Festival will be a celebration of food and drink, and will welcome some big name chef's for masterclasses and live demonstrations.

Festival-goers can head to the stage to see live cookery from top chefs such as Great British Menu Winner 2019 at Andrew Fairlie’s Restaurant Gleneagles Lorna McNee, local MasterChef Finalist Jilly McCord, The Pompadour’s Daniel Ashmore, Mark Greenaway from Grazing by Mark Greenaway, Ally McGrath at Osso Restaurant, Phil Hickman at Brasserie Prince by Alan Roux, David Lillie at The Adamson, Neil Forbes at Cafe St Honore, Emma Clark Szabo at Badger & Co and Barry Bryson at Cater Edinburgh.

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What food, drink and activities can I look forward to?

Street food

Street food from around the world will keep hunger at bay this weekend with local vendors like Bonnie Burrito and The Kilted Doughnut.

As well as street food, there will be restaurant tents and a chance to buy artisan produce and gifts.

Look out for the chilli eating competitions and food challenges.

Drinks theatre

Find out more about (and sample) wines, champagne and cocktails in the drinks theatre with events all weekend.

Festival goers can look forward to informative talks like: New Wave New Zealand Wine with Rose Murray Brown MW; Prosecco at its Finest with Diana Thompson; Beer Tasting & Tutorial with Melissa Cole and Premier & Grand Cru Champagne Tasting.

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Refreshments can also be enjoyed from the vintage cider tent, vintage tea tent and Pimms tea pot.

‘Bake Off’ gazebo

Edinburgh Foodies Festival 2019
Keen bakers can visit the ‘Bake Off’ gazebo to learn the art of creating the perfect cupcake.

As Channel 4’s Bake Off gears up for another tense 10 weeks in the tent, Home Store + More will be hosting a series of Bake Off-style cupcake decorating challenges at this year’s festival.

Keen bakers can visit the ‘Bake Off’ gazebo to learn the art of creating the perfect cupcake. With inspirational ideas and store colleagues on hand to help, the family-friendly drop-in activity will be available throughout the weekend.

If this has you inspired, head to the new Cakes and Bakes Theatre where bakers such as Larah Bross of Bross Bagels, Amy Lorimer of Baking with Granny and Jo Jarvis of Heavenly Tiers will be showcasing how to make sweet treats and brilliant bakes.

Kids activities

Keep kids entertained in the brand new extended Kids Zone, at the Kids Cookery theatre, which includes demonstrations such as a Gruffalo Crumble Cheesecake and Oodles Rainbow Noodles.

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There's also free drop in Crafts for Kids, which will be running all weekend until 6pm.

Four-legged friends

Dogs are welcome at the festival and get in for free. To keep them entertained, this year there will be a brand new dog arena, which will have activities such as: the sausage catch competition and the Foodies Dog Agility course.

There will also be plenty of award-winning traders with pet friendly treats and products.

Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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