Everything you need to know about the Three Sister's Old Town street festival

The Old Town Food Festival at the Three Sisters will running right through the festival, here is everything you need to know.

Published 3rd Jul 2017
Updated 8 th Aug 2023

What is it?

A free celebration of street food and drink in Edinburgh's Old Town.

Though a larger festival is held over the spring and summer bank holidays, a scaled down version will be on offer for the duration of the Festival, leading on from the current Cowgate Cove pop-up on the 28th July.


Where is it?

The festival takes place in the outdoor courtyard of the Three Sisters Bar in Edinburgh which lies just off the Cowgate.

The Three Sisters

139 Cowgate, Edinburgh EH1 1JS

How do we get there?

The Three Sisters is in a pretty central location and is only a short walk away from Waverley, the Castle and the Royal Mile.

How much is the entry fee?

The Festival is free to enter, and each stall will display their food prices and menus.

What can we expect in terms of food and drink?

The Festival is usually filled with all kinds of food stalls including some of Scotland's brightest up and coming street food and drink stars.

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During the Edinburgh Festival, they will have five vendors on daily, running from 10am till late:

The BBQ Shack will be serving up burgers, bratwurst and philly cheese stakes, with plenty of sides.

There will be Log-Fired Pizza on offer too, with a huge range of toppings.

The Festival also caters for fans of Mexican food, with St Andrews' cantina Mamacita bringing their  Taquitos, Tacos and Quasedillas - and of course their delightful churros - for visitors to enjoy.

Old Town

Picture: Three Sisters

Glasgow's Hummingbird will be bringing a taste of Asia, with their menu that features tempura, steamed buns and Phad Thai (also look out for Return of the Mac - Gourmet Mac And Cheese who'll also be making an appearance).

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Old Town

Picture: Three Sisters

For those of you looking for something sweeter than the Arran Dairy will be on hand with ice cream and a pop-up sweetie shop for little kids (and big kids) as well as cocktails and their delightful sounding boozy ice cream for the adults.


Can I take my kids? Yes, the festival ties in with the Three Sisters' early morning family/Children’s shows which run during the day, and they'll also be screening a variety of kids movies in the morning till around 1PM on their 225” led screen in the courtyard.

Can I take my dog? Yes, the Three Sisters welcome four legged friends but they do ask to be mindful of how busy it can get which may make it unsuitable for pets.

Can I bring a camera? Yes, as many as you'd like, and if you want to share them you can tweet @OTSFFedin or post them to the instagram at @OTSfoodfest

Can I still eat from the bar's menu? Yes, if you don't fancy any of the fare from the stalls you can order food from the bar itself.

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Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.
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