Edinburgh Summer Foodies Festival

Edinburgh Foodies Festival

Foodies Festival is delighted to announce that Prue Leith, the new Great British Bake Off judge set to fill Mary Berry’s shoes alongside Paul Hollywood on Channel 4’s new series, will be joining Edinburgh Foodies Festival this summer.

Paul Hollywood said: “I could not be more delighted by who will be joining me on the show. Prue is a hugely respected culinary legend.” Visitors to Edinburgh’s Foodies Festival will be given the chance to ask Prue their questions about her illustrious career, cooking tips and of course, insight into the Great British Bake Off.

Prue Leith says “I am thrilled to be joining Edinburgh Foodies Festival this summer and it’s also a great opportunity for me to speak about my role as Queen Margaret University’s new Chancellor.”

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Prue set up Leith’s at the EICC, Edinburgh in 1995, which was one of her original catering venue partnerships and continues to build its world-class reputation. Following in Mary Berry’s footsteps is a huge challenge, but the producers of the show have said they are confident that Prue, the former Great British Menu judge, has all the attributes to match her predecessor.

Born in South Africa, Prudence Margaret “Prue” Leith, CBE, has been a restauranteur, caterer, chef, television presenter/broadcaster, journalist, cookery writer and novelist. Her eventful career following training at Le Cordon Bleu has included everything from cooking lobsters for Princess Margaret to catering for the Orient Express Train.

Foodie fans can look forward to a celebrity and Michelin-starred chef line-up in the Chefs Theatre this summer, with Scotland’s top chefs showcasing their culinary skills and inspiring the audience with their delicious dishes. There will be a focus on culinary wellness, with farm-to-table dishes, sugar-free cooking and ‘feel good’ food trends.

We’re delighted to announce that MasterChef Winner 2016 Jane Devonshire will also be cooking up her family favourites and showing the Foodies visitors how to make gluten-free healthy, comfort food.

Top chefs in the Chef’s Theatre include:-

  • Jane Devonshire, MasterChef Winner 2016
  • Michael Bremner, 64 Degrees & Great British Menu Star
  • Prue Leith – Great British Bake Off Judge & Chancellor of Queen Margaret University
  • Aitor Garate – Asador Etxeberri (Number 6 in Top 50 Restaurants in the World)
  • Mark Greenaway – Restaurant Mark Greenaway
  • Paul Wedgewood – Wedgewoods
  • Kaori Simpson – Harajuku Kitchen
  • Graeme Pallister – 63 Tay Street
  • Tm Vine – Comedy Cook Off!
  • Ally McGrath – Osso Restaurant & Great British Menu
  • Lorna Robertson – MasterChef Finalist 2017
  • Iain Pirrie – Edinburgh School of Food & Wine
  • Brode Williams – MasterChef Semi-Finalist 2017
  • Michael Bremner – Great British Menu Winner
  • Neil Forbes – Café St Honore
  • Marcello Tully – Kinloch Lodge
  • Daniel Ashmore – The Pompadour by Galvin Brasserie
  • Jamie Scott – The Newport & MasterChef: The Professionals Winner 2014

Jane says: “I’m really excited to return to the Chef’s Theatre at Foodies Festival this summer. I love Foodies Festival and being a part of the show, having taken part last year shortly after winning MasterChef. When I’m not in the Chef’s Theatre you’ll find me exploring the exhibitor stalls to see what delicious treats are on offer, getting lured in by the Street Food Village or chatting to visitors. I love the opportunity to cook for my fans and to pass on my cooking tips to fellow foodies.”

The Art of Healthy Living in Association with lululemon

Foodies Festival is introducing a new health and wellbeing focus to Foodies Festival this summer and is collaborating with lululemon for the first time to provide an exciting timetable of yoga classes, mindfulness, meditation and nutrition talks. There will be Eating for Energy talks and top chefs demonstrating how to cater for food intolerances and inspiring people to reconnect with ‘real’, unprocessed food. Essentially, how to indulge the foodie in you and still maintain a healthy image; how to have your cake and eat it! Browse, buy and speak with experts in the healthy living shopping area with a hand picked selection of the best health, fitness and nutrition brands to keep you glowing long after you leave the festival.

Cakes & Desserts Theatre

 From Great British Bake Off winner Candice Brown to baking extraordinaire Charlotte White, MasterChef Finalist Lorna Robertson and top local cake-makers and patisserie chefs, the Cakes and Desserts theatre is set to expand to include not only top local bakers but also local chefs renowned for their outstanding desserts.

From delectable desserts to show-stopping cake towers, these chefs and bakers will be inspiring visitors to reach for their spatulas and whisks at home to recreate their delicious summer bakes. Avid bakers can get hands on with our practical baking masterclasses or bring along your best bake to enter our very own Foodies Bake Off competition judged at 3pm each day with a KitchenAid Mini for the winner!

The Chocolate, Cake and Dessert Village with freshly baked breads, sponges, tarts, jellies and desserts gives you the opportunity to taste, decorate and learn from local experts. Afternoon tea can be enjoyed in the beautifully decorated Vintage Tea Room, where teas, handmade cakes and scones with clotted cream and jam are served on china from a tea trolley by vintage styled tea ladies and gentlemen, and vintage music for ambience.

Live Music, Restaurant Tents and Pop-Up Bars

Find out why Foodies Festival was hailed the “Gastronomic Glastonbury” by dancing along to the live music on our Entertainment Stage, and soaking up the atmosphere with a glass of Pimms from the Giant Pimm’s Teapot or double-decker BarBus. The Unsigned Music Stage with Success Express is set to be bigger and better than ever and our VIP tent will have an exclusive acoustic music stage for the first time.

Drinks Theatre

Expert mixologists and sommeliers, including Neil Phillips and Charles Metcalfe, will host a full timetable of masterclasses on wine, whisky and champagne and cheese tastings in the Drinks Theatre each day. There’s a Beer for That will be leading beer and food pairings, so there’s something for everyone.

Street Food Avenue

Now in its 12th year, Foodies Festival attracts street food vendors from around the world, offering visitors the chance to take a culinary trip to all corners of the world. Japanese, Thai, Malaysian, Argentinian, Turkish, Indian, Korean, Mexican, French and African are just some of the flavours to feast on this summer. With everything from Crème Brulee campervans to flavours of Morocco and paella, we challenge you not to be lured in by the sensory overload of the Street Food Avenue.

Artisan Producers Market

A stunning array of Great Taste Award winners will be exhibiting at Foodies Festival 2017, each being hailed as a producer of ‘Exquisite, Outstanding and Simply Delicious’ food and drink. This is a fantastic opportunity for visitors to meet artisan producers from the local area and across the country, ask questions about their produce and story, and stock up on award winning produce. With over 200 stalls to peruse at each festival, visitors will be spoilt for choice while they meander between smoked salmon tasting stands, outstanding local cheeses, melt-in-your-mouth brownies, award-winning oils and chutneys, and much, much more.

Kids Zone and Kids Cookery School 

The Kids Cookery School is a chance for the whole family to join in while the children are introduced to new food and flavours from around the world. There will be fun science inspired kids cookery with Kiddy Cook leading classes on ‘Marvellous Microbes’, science experiments you can eat, making sherbet and ‘Fizz! Bang! Wallop!’ classes on how Co2 makes dough rise as they make bread bubble bombs, carbon dioxide rockets and delicious dough balls with homemade garlic butter with the kids.

In addition there will be outdoor activities, simple crafts, toys, books, bouncy castles and trampolines, giant hula hoops, giant Jenga, chess and garden games. Private toilets and a nursing area will also be included.

Live Music, Restaurant Tents and Pop-Up Bars

Find out why Foodies Festival was hailed the “Gastronomic Glastonbury” by dancing along to the live music on our Entertainment Stage together with Success Express, with local favourites taking to the stage. Enjoy the music and soak up the atmosphere with a glass of Pimms from the Giant Pimm’s Teaport, a rum cocktail from the Rum Galleon Ship, gin and tonic from the Giant Gin Pot or bask in the sun atop the double-decker BarBus.

Don’t forget to stop by one of the amazing restaurant tents, which champion new restaurants and provide visitors with the first taste of newly launched menus – the only difficulty is deciding where to dine with such a culinary feast on offer! Restaurant tents include Bilbao Tourist Board, celebrating the new direct Edinburgh-Bilbao route with Spanish delicacies, CAU Steak Restaurant with it’s distinct Buenos Aires twist and Maki and Ramen restaurant with freshly made sushi and steaming hot ramen.

VIP: The Red Carpet Welcome in Association with Anthropologie

The Foodies Festival VIP experience will be taken to a new level in 2017 with Anthropologie styling the VIP area along with a top florist, with exclusive VIP creative summer workshopschampagne tasting sessions, and ‘Meet the Chef’ sessionsheld in the comfort of the VIP area, complimentary glass of fizz in hand. The VIP lounge will also have a new deli and gourmet snacks area and complimentary, exclusive Foodies Festival tote bags with VIP goodies inside. Live music on the VIP acoustic music stage will add to visitors’ luxury experience in VIP and make their time at Foodies Festival all the more memorable.

Festival Highlights:

  • Art of Health Living in association with lululemon with Yoga Classes
  • Michelin-star, celebrity and top local chefs cooking in the Chefs Theatre
  • More award-winning producers than ever before
  • Champagne, wine, gin, rum and craft beer masterclasses
  • Cake Off Competition and the famous Chilli-Eating Challenge
  • Live Music from local bands at the Success Express Unsigned Music Stage
  • Burlesque Baker Charlotte White and patisserie chefs in the Cakes & Desserts Theatre

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