A festival for cheese lovers is returning to Edinburgh in November.

Foodies will be able to taste some of the finest produce being offered by UK traders, from street food stands to specialist artisan cheese makers.

This will be the second time that Cheese Fest UK has come to the capital, and there will be a host of brand new cookery demonstrations taking place throughout the day. Among those showcasing their skills will be Sean Wilson, an award winning cheese maker who was perhaps better known for playing the role of Coronation Street’s Martin Platt.

Festival marketing chief, Elliot Thomas, said organisers hope to attract about 5,000 visitors to the event at the city’s Corn Exchange, about 1,000 more than last time.

An outdoor market area is major new addition this time round, where lots of hot food traders will offer delightful snacks including raclette, halloumi fries, toasted cheese sandwiches and macaroni cheese waffles. A host of live bands and an in-house DJ will add to the festival vibe – and there will of course be a bar.

There are expected to be more than 150 types of cheese from around the world on show at the November event.

Last time round there were 25 vendors at the Edinburgh Cheese Fest event but this time there will be 35.

Elliot added: “We know everyone in Edinburgh loves cheese and it’s really exciting to be coming back there, and it’s not that far now until November.

“We’ll definitely be looking to come back again next year.”

Cheese Fest Edinburgh will be held at the capital’s Corn Exchange on Saturday, November 17th between 10am and 6pm.

Organisers are advising cheese lovers to sign up now for tickets through their website www.cheesefestuk.com/edinburgh

Ticket prices start at £3 each.

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