Five foodie pop ups to try during the Edinburgh Festival

Pick up some world class food during the Edinburgh Festival with these one-off events, which all celebrate Scottish produce

Published 3rd Aug 2017
Updated 9 th Aug 2023

eteaket and Groats breakfast

(5th-6th August, eteaket Concept Store, 111 Rose Street, EH2 3DT)

Picture: enjoy a hearty breakfast with eteaket and Groats, supplied

Leaf tea experts eteaket and porridge aficionados Groats are teaming up this weekend (5-6 August) to offer the people of Edinburgh the most Instagrammable breakfast in town, with a tea-and-porridge pop-up at the eteaket Concept Store on Rose Street.

Expect a menu of traditional flavours and accompaniments, along with some fabulous new seasonal flavours inspired by eteaket’s premium bestselling leaf teas.

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Picture: eteakat whisky distilled tea

Mix two Scottish classics together in a contemporary way, with the Whisky Tea Porridge; hand-rolled Scottish oats cooked with almond milk and served with Tomatin Whisky Tea-infused caramel, crushed hazelnuts and sliced pear.

Or try an old favourite with a very modern twist, with the Earl Grey Oat & Chia Pudding. All porridges will be available to take away, along with cups of eteaket’s specialist teas – the perfect breakfast on the go for busy festival-goers!

Bowls will be priced at £4.90 for standard flavours, and £5.20 for seasonal flavours.

Dram and Smoke

(1st-31st August, The Biscuit Factory, 4 – 6 Anderson Place, EH6 5NP)

This year marks the second trip to Edinburgh for popular pop up, Dram and Smoke. Usually situated in and around London, the company has hosted a range of events in Scotland and celebrates Scottish produce.

After last year’s successful menu, this year sees a campfire feast concept and complementary cocktail sessions (to be booked separately).

The four course menu includes modern takes on nostalgic flavours such as Ploughman’s picnic, smoked chicken and BBQ pineapple.

Tickets for the meal also include a welcome cocktail. With round reclaimed wooden tables that sit 10 people and a large banquet table that sits around 25, Dram and Smoke is the ideal night out for groups of friends, couples or for solo diners to mingle with other, like-minded foodies.

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Toasted Radish: Roam

(7th-11th August, Leo & Ted's, 36 Leven Street, EH3 9LJ)

This wild Scottish venison restaurant will be popping up in Tollcross during the Edinburgh Festival from the 7th-11th August.

Focused on local and sustainable food, Toasted Radish has teamed up with LarderBox to create a simple menu based around the fantastic venison produced by our friends Ron and Grace at The Highland Ridge Larder.

Menu - there is no menu! At Roam simply tell us how you would like your venison cooked. Choose ‘blue’, ‘rare’, ‘medium’ or ‘well done’.

Delicious starter of Cyrenians mixed salad with Dunsyre blue cheese, dressed with a raspberry vinaigrette, followed by locally sourced venison loin, beetroot and potato terrine, seasonal greens and red wine jus. A favourite fresh Scottish dessert will complete the meal.

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Veggies don't despair as there will be a meat free dinner option available.

At the Illusionist's Table

( 4-6, 8-13, 15-18, 20, 22-27th August, The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, 28 Queen Street, EH2 1JX)

Picture: At the Illusionist's Table Facebook

Whisky and magic, what's not to love? Found in The Scotch Malt Whisky Society at 28 Queen Street (Venue 182), acclaimed illusionist Scott Silven's show includes evening of fine dining and whisky tasting mixed with breathtaking illusion.

The bespoke menu provided by James Freeman, whose critically acclaimed cuisine accompanies Scott’s performance and makes for a magical night.

The A Club at The Merchants' Hall

(4th-28th August, 22 Hanover Street, EH2 2EP)

Picture: The 'A Club' at Merchants Hall Facebook

The 'A Club' at Merchants Hall may sound like the most exclusive of private member's clubs but anyone can join in during their run this month.

Foodies will enjoy a Scottish inspired meal in the sophisticated setting of The Merchants' Hall whilst sipping Arbikie cocktails.

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Entertainment comes in all forms, from pop and jazz to folk, classic and rock. Plus there will be a Q & A session with Hollywood actor, Brian Cox.

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