Here is everything you need to know about the Edinburgh Food Festival

Assembly’s Edinburgh Food Festival is back to tease and tantalise your tastebuds this July. Here is everything you need to know.

Published 5th Jul 2017
Updated 8 th Aug 2023

What is the Edinburgh Food Festival?

Now in its third year, the Assembly-run festival celebrates the finest of Scotland’s food and drink.

Free to enter, the festival takes place from the 26th-30th July, where artisan producers and stallholders will fill the festival grounds while foodie talks, debates and demos will put the cherry on the top.

Where is it?

The festival is returning to its usual home in George Square Gardens in the heart of Edinburgh, EH8 9JU.

How do I get there?

Located close to the University of Edinburgh in the heart of Edinburgh’s old town, the festival is just

a 10-15 minute walk away from Waverley Railway Station and most major attractions in Edinburgh.

When will it be held?

The Festival runs over five days during the month of July and will work as follows:

Wednesday 26th July - Friday 28th July: from 12pm till late

Saturday 29th July - Sunday 30th July: from 10am till late

Where can I get tickets and how much do they cost?

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Tickets are FREE for the Edinburgh Food Festival! So there’s no excuse!

What are the highlights?

Edinburgh Food Festival has gone from strength to strength since its launch in 2014, hosting a taster menu of foodie talks, debates and demos running in the Piccolo Tent for festivalgoers.

Many of Scotland’s key industry figures will make an appearance including Shirley Spear, co-founder of The Three Chimneys and author of the Marmalade Bible, and Carina Contini, Restaurateur, chef and author of Carina Contini Kitchen Garden Cookbook, with many more to be confirmed.

All talks in the Piccolo Tent are free and non-ticketed. Visit for times, dates and further information.

Shirley Spear will be talking about Scotland’s Food and Drink journey: “We all groan and raise our eyebrows every time we hear of Scotland’s culinary prowess linked with little more than haggis, neeps and deep-fried Mars bars. As an ancient nation, we have a heritage which goes a great deal deeper than the jocular view.

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This is the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology and Scotland’s food and drink story is a fascinating one.

I love to talk about our rich and colourful food history. Marmalade is just one ingredient on the larder shelves, but it speaks volumes about our long-standing connections with the wider world, still resonant in modern times.”


A handpicked selection of Scotland’s best artisan producers will fill the festival grounds. Those to look out for are; Thinking Chocolate, JUS, Umani Spice Girl, Alanda’s Scottish Seafood, Poco Prosecco and Crema Caravan.

More stallholders and talks are to be announced shortly!

What else can we expect?


Kick back, relax, and soak up the atmosphere! George Square Gardens is the perfect suntrap to get yourself in the festival spirit with friends and family. With bars at each end of the gardens and various drinks stallholders dotted around the garden, you won’t be going thirsty this weekend.

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Slow Food... but fast learning! Edinburgh Food festival welcomes kids of all ages to explore the wonderfully diverse food and drink offerings Scotland has to offer through a range of taste adventures provided by Slow Food Edinburgh. These take place on Sunday 30th July, midday, in the Piccolo Tent. So grab your little foodies and head on down!


Join gelato experts, Jannettas Gelateria in the Piccolo Tent, 2pm on Thursday 27th July, for a discussion on this pioneering trend. Jannettas will be giving you an insight into the growing trend and tips on how you can start pushing boundaries in the kitchen.

Keep up to date with information about Edinburgh Food Festival by following:


Twitter: @EdFoodFest 


Can people bring dogs? Due to the nature of the event, we only allow guide dogs inside the Edinburgh Food Festival.

Can I bring a camera? Yes, take a many photos as you wish! We love seeing them up on our social media channels so get tagging!

What do I do if I feel unwell? We have first aiders on site at all times so if you are feeling unwell contact a member of staff and they will escort you to a first aider who will be able to sort you out.

What should I wear? Edinburgh Food Festival has no clothing restrictions. We welcome everyone in open arms to celebrate the best of Scotland’s food and drink.

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