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Everything you need to know about Foodies Festival Christmas

Edinburgh's food and drink lovers are in for a festive treat this weekend as Foodies Festival Christmas launches at the EICC.

Published: November 12, 2015

What is the Foodies Festival Christmas?

Edinburgh’s International Conference Centre will be transformed into a spectacular culinary wonderland this weekend as Foodies Festival launches their Christmas festival, bringing celebrity and top chefs, award-winning artisan producers and a spectacular selection of fine food and drink together under one roof for a fabulous festive feast.

Where will it be held?

The event will be held at EICC, 150 Morrison Street, Edinburgh

When is it? 

The event will run this weekend from Friday 13th – Sunday 15th November

Where can I buy tickets?

Book online at or buy on the door

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Chefs Theatre 

Watch Bake-Off star Flora, MasterChef winner Jamie Scott, MasterChef finalist Tony Rodd and Scotland's Michelin star and top chefs cooking their favourite festive recipes in the Chefs Theatre. See the full Chefs Theatre line-up here.

The Chefs Theatre. Picture: FFC

The Chefs Theatre. Picture: FFC

Artisan Christmas Market 

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Shop for gifts and ingredients from 150 of Scotland's finest producers selling cheeses, chutneys, chocolates, sauces, biscuits and spices; everything you need to make this Christmas extra special and tasty.

Picture: FFC

Picture: FFC

Drinks Theatre

Join Daffy's Gin and Harvey Nichols for 'The Art of Food and Drink Pairing' masterclasses; discover this season's best wines, sherries and ports with expert Charles Metcalfe; and try Beer Tasting with Stewart Brewing. See the full Drinks Theatre line-up here.

Pudding Hall and Street Food

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Celebrate the season of fine food with all your festive favourites in the Pudding Hall - a haven of sweet treats and winter warming drinks such as eggnog, mulled wine, spiced cider, mince pies, Christmas cakes, chocolate yule logs, marzipan bonbons and macaroons.

Cake & Bake Theatre

Bake Naughty and Nice Edible Christmas Gifts and learn how to make Christmas Confectionary and create Chocolate Centrepieces with baking experts. See the full Cake & Bake Theatre line-up here.

Picture: FFC

Picture: FFC

Fancy yourself a star baker? Bring your home baked cakes along to the festival before 1pm on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th November with the chance to be crowned ‘Edinburgh Showstopper Champion’.

Gin’gle Bells, Gin’gle Bells…

Get into the festive spirit with a gin, or twelve, with Eden Mill who launch their 'Twelve Gins of Christmas' at Foodies Festival Christmas this weekend.

Daffy's Gin, Edinburgh Gin, Pickering's Gin, Shetland Reel Gin, Glasgow Distillery and St Andrews Distillery will also be available for you to enjoy and wrap up as gifts.

Elfs Cookery School

While parents shop and enjoy a chilled glass of bubbly from the Champagne Ski Bar, children under 12 can enrol in the Elf Cookery School, where they can bake and decorate cookies and cupcakes to leave out for Santa.


Live Music and Entertainment

Just like Christmas day there is lots of post-feasting fun to be had with live music, local choirs singing carols and the Chilly-Eating Competition (the winter version of the famous chilli contest).

Opening times:

Friday 13th November: 5pm – 9pm
Saturday 14th November: 10am – 6pm
Sunday 15th November: 10am – 5pm

Ticket prices:

Friday adult day ticket £13.00 (£11.00 concession)
Saturday or Sunday adult day ticket £15.00 (£13.00 concession)
3-day adult ticket £20.00 (£16.00 concession)
Friday VIP ticket £35.00
Saturday or Sunday VIP ticket £38.00
Children 12 and under go free when accompanied by a paying adult

What is included with my ticket? 

Tickets include one day entry to the festival and free admission to food and drink masterclasses in The Chefs Theatre, Drinks Theatre, Cake & Bake Theatre and Elfs Cookery Theatre (subject to availability). There is live music provided throughout the day from The Entertainment Stage and samples available across the festival.

How do I Get there?

The EICC is easily accessible by bus or by tram – Visit Transport for Edinburgh for timetables

There are many car parks in close walking distance of the EICC:
Sheraton Hotel Car Park located 150 meters from the EICC
Semple Street Car Park located 300 meters from the EICC
National Car Parks (NCP) in central Edinburgh

How do I pay for things? 

Cash is accepted and some stalls accept cards. Cash machines are available as well. The festival does not operate a token/crown system.

Can I take pictures at the event? 

Visitors are welcome to take pictures and share their experience on social media with hashtag #FoodiesXmas and @foodiesfestival

Let us know what you think


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