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Edinburgh Food Festival 2022: Dates, masterclass line-up and food and drink vendors attending

This weekend sees the return of the Edinburgh Food Festival.

Published: July 23, 2022
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Summer in Edinburgh is once again set to be a packed one, with the return of a full programme of events for the festival as well as the return of the Edinburgh Food Festival.

Here's everything you need to know about this year's festival.

What is the Edinburgh Food Festival?

Since its launch by Assembly Festival in 2015 for Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink, the Edinburgh Food Festival has gone from strength to strength, hosting industry figures such as Carina Contini, Shirley Spear, Tom Lewis, Guy Grieve and Neil Forbes at the Capital’s only free to enter central Food Festival.  

When is the Edinburgh Food Festival?

The Edinburgh Food Festival 2022, opened on Friday 22 July at Assembly George Square Gardens for ten days of chef demos, expert panels, cookery classes and workshops, and some of the best street food and market stalls in Scottish food and drink.

Dates of the 2022 Edinburgh Food Festival

The Festival will run from Friday 22 to Sunday 31 July.

What to expect

Edinburgh gourmands will be spoilt this summer thanks to a partnership with the Scotland Food and Drink Ambassador programme.

Edinburgh Food Festival will welcome Regional Food Tourism Ambassadors from across Scotland for a series of panel discussions, with an appearance from ‘The Kilted Chef’, aka Craig Wilson, owner of the award-winning Eat on the Green restaurant in Udny Green, Aberdeenshire, and more.

As well as the panel discussions, there will be a line-up of chef demonstrations and workshops taking place in the Tree House Kitchen at Edinburgh Food Festival this year.

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These include: private chef Barry Bryson; a collaboration between Hey Palu and Seven Crofts Gin; and Williams & Johnson Coffee Co.

Children's cookery classes

For kids, Edinburgh based social enterprise, Edinburgh Food Social, return to the Edinburgh Food Festival after two years, bringing their brilliant and engaging children’s cookery classes to the Tree House Kitchen.

After their popular sushi making workshop in 2019, they return with another hands-on programme, designed to teach children where their food came from and enjoying preparing and eating their own meals.

Admission to these events are free, but places are limited so booking ahead is highly recommended in order to avoid missing out.

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In the Palais du Variété spiegeltent, Moët and Hennesey present some of the world’s most luxurious brands with The Wonder of Wine & Whisky – A Journey for the Senses.

With four different pairings, leading audiences through the wonderful world of wine and whisky; tickets available via the festival website.

Street food vendors

The Garden will have a daily line-up of street food to serve festival goers.

Festival favourites Jarvis Pickle Pies (Berwickshire), Chick + Pea (Edinburgh), and Alandas Gelato and Fish & Chips (East Lothian) return once more; along with Mana Poké, Moskito Spanish Bites and their Bacchus Bar, serving up Sangria.

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In addition to these Festival regulars, there will be Italian sweets from Maria’s Kakes; loaded nachos from global spice curators The Fat Flamingo; the tempting flavours of Peru from The Peruvian; and dishes from Scottish Street Food Award Champion 2022 Junk.

Food market line-up

The Festival food market returns with some of Scotland’s best locally sourced and produced food and ingredients.

Turn up the heat with the all-organic hot sauces from Chorrito Sauce Co., made using UK grown chillis; and grab your ethically sourced beans from Pure Roasters Coffee.

Stay hydrated with delicious raw natural juices from East Lothian’s Seabuckthorn Scotland; gluten free beer from Edinburgh’s own Bellfield Brewery; and blended Scotch whisky from Frasier of Scotland, a Scottish drink of premium Scotch whisky with wild strawberries.

Opening times of The Edinburgh Food Festival

The Festival will open 12:00PM daily at Assembly George Square Gardens, Friday 22 to Sunday 31 July.

To see the line-up of street food and market stalls appearing, and to view the full programme of events visit the Edinburgh Food Festival website.

Tickets

Entry to the Edinburgh Food Festival is free.

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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