The Foodies Festival is an annual 3-day family festival, revolving around food and live music, taking place in a temporary site in Edinburgh's Inverleith Park.
Note: times TBC. Information is from previous event.
There are three main foodie stages this year where you can find culinary presentations: The Chefs Theatre, featuring top chefs, baking lessons in The Cake & Bake Theatre, and wines, champagne, and cocktails in The Drinks Theatre.
Culinary highlights are, on Friday, Emma Hanley, Laura Michael, and Diana Thompson; on Saturday, Dean Banks, Gary Maclean, and The Hebridean Baker; and on Sunday, Sarah Rankin, and Jimmy Lee.
Music is provided by Edinburgh-based singer songwriter Calum Bowie on Saturday night (from 5pm), and singer-songwriter Callum Beattie on the Sunday night (from 5pm). The opening night act starts at 6pm and is a mix of tribute and local bands, cabaret, and comedy, headlined by an ABBA tribute band.
As well as live music and a VIP tent, Foodies Festival also has plenty of opportunity for tasting and discovering new food and drink, with street food from around the world, stalls by artisan producers, and all-day chilli-eating competitions and food challenges.
Kids can join in the fun at The Kids Cookery Theatre run by SuperChefs.
Since Sue Hitchen's founded the original Foodies Festival in 2006 in her home town of Edinburgh as a local, culinary showcase, the festival has gone on to establish similar events in Brighton, with the first food festival at Hampton Court Palace, Oxford, Bristol, Battersea Park, Clapham Common, Tatton Park, Ripley Castle near Harrogate and London's Syon Park, Blackheath and Alexandra Palace.
Edinburgh City Council has come in for criticism for allowing the Foodies Festival, along with other Edinburgh festivals, for using public space for commercial purposes, in particular restricting access in a public park.
The Foodies Festival was cancelled in 2021, one week before it was due to take place at the National Gallery of Scotland, due to pandemic restrictions.
Foodies Festival 2023 Tickets
Day Tickets start at £18 on Friday for adults (£17 concessions).
Day ticket prices on Saturday and Sunday (final advance, not incl ticket processing fees)
- Adult: £23 (VIP £40)
- Concession: £18
- Young Adult (12-16): £6
- Under 12: £3
- Under 6: free
- Family (2 adults, 2 children): £49 (VIP £79)
- Adult Earlybird: £38 (VIP £78)
- Under 12s Earlybird: £6
- Family (2 adults, 2 children): £82
Family and group discounts available.