Food lovers across Edinburgh and the Lothians will once again have something to look forward to as Edinburgh Food Festival returns to Assembly George Square Gardens at the end of this month.
Organisers say more than 20 top local food and drink producers will be on the menu during the free five-day event, including Edinburgh’s Thinking Chocolate, Alandas Scottish Seafood from East Lothian and Berwickshire’s Jarvis Pickle pies.
The festival will also feature a selection popular drinks brands, including Fyne Ales from Argyll and Portobello’s Bellfield Brewery. And with bees making the headlines of late, the festival team have invited guests Miód Raw Honey Co to unveil a special glass beehive giving people the chance to learn more about these intriguing insects and the wonderful honey they produce.
Guests will also be entertained by a series of talks and demos taking place in the gardens’ picturesque Piccolo Tent, while Canadian-British artist Zev Robinson will screen two of his short films on Saturday 28 July.
The Black Isle will offer a glimpse into local food production in the Scottish Highlands, and Fish in the Sea will help people learn more about sustainable fishing on the west coast of Scotland.
The Printing Press Bar & Kitchen will present Cocktails and Conversation – The Art of Mixology, on Friday 27 July, when they’ll discuss the ever-growing cocktail scene in Edinburgh and demonstrate the fine art of mixology.
On Sunday 29 July it’s time to unlearn everything you thought you knew about whisky with The Glenfiddich Experimental Series. Join Mark Thomson, Glenfiddich Brand Ambassador to Scotland, with Campbells & Co Smoked Salmon, to take a journey through the World’s most-awarded Single Malt, and beyond.
Organisers have also teamed up with Edinburgh-based Poco Prosecco to stage the capital’s first Prosecco Pong Contest, with a fresh take on the ping pong ball drinking game played across the world, on Wednesday 25 July.
For people looking for a softer option, the VW cocktail and softtail bar, Beetle Juice, will be also be running a fruit juice pong contest, including a chance to win a range of refreshing mocktails.
Sharon Burgess, managing director of Assembly Festival and Edinburgh Food Festival, said: “We’re really excited to be showcasing the biggest and best line-up of Scottish food and drink stallholders yet, including Edinburgh’s Ting Thai Caravan, which is new for 2018. It’s free for all, so bring your friends and family and kick off Edinburgh’s brilliant festival season in good taste.”
• Entry to the festival and talks is free and non-ticketed - see www.edfoodfest.com for more details.