Edinburgh Xmas Foodies Festival 2017


Foodies Festival Returns to the EICC in Edinburgh to kick off the festive season on 24, 25 & 26 November, with top Scottish chefs and MasterChef Winners, a brand new Gin Alley, Artisan Christmas Market, Live Music Stage, Cakes & Desserts Theatre & Festive Masterclasses to launch the start of Christmas.

Edinburgh’s International Conference Centre will once again be transformed into a spectacular culinary winter wonderland for a fun three-day festive feast for the whole family to enjoy. Showcasing the best of Scottish restaurantschefsstreet foodand leading food and drink producers, let Scotland’s top chefs inspire you with the best recipes to cook up for the family this Christmas. Can’t get the turkey quite right? Fear not, Scotland’s finest will be answering all your questions on how to be the host(ess) with the mostess this Christmas.

Chefs Theatre demonstrations include (further chefs TBC) :-

  • Callum Dow – New Head Chef at Trump Turnberry
  • Scott Smith – Norn
  • Jerome Henry – Le Roi Fou
  • Dan Ashmore – The Pompadour
  • Neil Forbes – Café St Honore
  • Jamie Scott – The Tayberry & MasterChef: The Professionals Champion
  • Iain Pirrie – The Edinburgh School of Food & Wine
  • Scott Davies – Three Chimneys

The festive edition of Foodies Festival is the perfect way to kick off the Christmas season in style. Get hands on with our Festive Masterclasses and create everything from Christmas Wreaths with florists to Psychedelic MeringuesChristmas Canapés with Edinburgh School of Food and Wine, Christmas Cupcakes Decorating with Fiona Sciolti.

A stunning array of Great Taste Award winners will be exhibiting the best of local produce at the Artisan Christmas Market. Ask artisan producers questions about their produce and story, and stock up the Christmas stockings with award winning treats to make Christmas extra special. With over 200 stalls, visitors will be spoilt for choice between smoked salmon tasting stands, outstanding local cheesesmelt-in-your-mouth brownies, show-stopping cakes, award-winning oils and chutneys, and much, much more. There is something for everyone at Foodies Festival, including delicious, healthy vegan, veggie and gluten-free, guilt-free treats for visitors to indulge in.

Welcome to Gin Alley: Over 70% of gin in the UK is produced in Scotland and just when we think we’ve found our new favourite gin, another exciting new brand pops up. To celebrate Scotland’s superb range of gins, we’re bringing a brand new Gin Alley to Foodies Festival this Christmas. Infused with natural botanicals, rose, elderflower or casked in whisky, there’s plenty to sample from exhibitors and from our new daily Christmas Gin Cocktail Masterclasses. ‘Tis the season… the UK’s top wine, beer and champagne experts will teach visitors how to match their tipple with food, inspired by the best flavours and tastes of Christmas.

Learn from the UK’s top experts, including Charles Metcalfe who will be presenting the ‘Pleasures of Port’, Rioja Wines & Wines from the Rhone Valley and Diana Thompson who will be presenting Champagne tasting in the Drinks Theatre.

Taste flavours of the world at the Street Food Avenue with a culinary trip taking you from Japan to Thailand, Malaysia, Argentina, India, Mexico, Africa and more. With everything from Crème Brulee campervans to sushi burritos and paella, we challenge you not to be lured in by the sensory overload of the Street Food Avenue.

For those with a sweet tooth, the Cakes & Desserts Theatre will be inspiring your Christmas baking with Great British Bake Off Winners and top patisserie chefs whipping up both traditional Christmas cakes and show-stopping alternatives to impress your guests with this season. Worked up an appetite watching their demonstrations? Stop by the Pudding Hall for a haven of sweet treats such as mulled wine, mince pies, Christmas cakes, macaroons and delicious brownies. Competition baker or aspiring Bake Off participant? Take part in our very own Foodies Cake Off Competition each day with your homemade cakes for the chance to be crowned champion.

Take the kids along to the Elf Cookery School where they can bake and decorate snowballs, gingerbread men, cookies and cupcakes to leave out for Santa. Take a break from the Champagne Ski Bar and enjoy the post-feasting fun by the Live Music Stage, with carols and Scotland’s best unsigned bands bringing the festive spirit throughout the day. Visitors can also enter the famous Chilli-Eating Competition or register their team to compete in the Christmas Pub Quiz.

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