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Edinburgh Festival 2022: Pop-up food and drink vendors to visit this year

With the Edinburgh Festival kicking off in a few days, we take a look at the pop-up food and drink offering from the Edinburgh University Students’ Association.

Published: July 28, 2022

New for 2022, Edinburgh University Students’ Association in collaboration with Pleasance London will create a space in front of the Pleasance Dome with food, drink and immersive show experiences.

As well as this brand-new spot, classic Fringe venues the Pleasance Courtyard, and Gilded Balloon at are set to return with a number of local favourite food and drink suppliers. 

At the Potterrow Plaza, guests will get the chance to experience a séance or a take flight, in two new interactive simulation performances installed by the Pleasance Theatre Trust.

Mint Falafel will be in residence with a delicious selection of flatbread wraps suitable for everyone from meat-eaters to vegans.

The area will have plenty of seating and a bar and will be a great spot to take in the atmosphere right at the heart of the fringe. 

The Pleasance Courtyard will be back at its best for 2022, with city favourites such as the Beach House, Pizza Geeks and Babu Kitchen (rebranded as Total Meltdown with delicious cheese toasties) to name a few.

Barnacles & Bones will be coming with a delicious pasta menu, CEC Catering, the team behind The Garden Bistro in Saughton, will be taking over the indoor cafe.

Luxford Burgers, which is run by an Edinburgh University student, will also be at the venue.

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The food offering at The Pleasance will sit under the canopy of umbrellas and stretch tents in the series of cobbled courtyards, which makes it the perfect spot to enjoy the festival atmosphere come rain or shine.  

Pizza Geeks, much-loved amongst Edinburgh locals, will have an outlet inside the Pleasance Dome.

Their pizzas – inspired by beloved sci-fi and video game characters – can be enjoyed day and night in the Dome.

The Gilded Balloon at Teviot venue will play host to Linton&Co speciality coffee and food will be courtesy of the team behind the ever-popular Down the Hatch.

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Drinks will be served from three bars in the Garden. The entire garden is sheltered, and guests can cosy up in one of the colourful beach huts (which seat six) if the weather takes a turn. 

Inside Teviot, there will be several Grab & Go bars for show-goers to the many Gilded Balloon venues inside.

The Library Bar will be serving a wide selection of drinks and a diverse menu day and night. 

Along Charles Street, outside the Gilded Balloon at Teviot venue, there will also be a row of food trucks that will take seat for the month, with Bross Bagels and Mac Love serving some of the best bagels and macaroni cheese in Edinburgh.

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Screaming Peacock will please meat lovers and veggies with a selection of burgers, and Crema Caravan will satisfy those with a sweet tooth.

Drinks will be flowing across all three venues, with Molson Coors products featuring across all locations.

Coors, Prahva, Carling, Staropramen, Guinness, Rekorderlig ciders, Johnnie Walker, Gordon’s Gin, Fever Tree softs and much more will all be on offer.

Cocktails on draught will also be available in all sites so guests don’t have to wait long to be served.

Niamh Roberts, Students’ Association President, said: “After lockdowns, the Fringe is back, and it is set to be one of the biggest ever.

"We want to make sure our guests have the best time, enjoying an amazing food and drinks offering across our sites.

"We hope everyone gets to experience as much as possible of what makes the Fringe so special.”

Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind writes for The Scotsman on all things food and drink related as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.

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