Tomorrow sees the start of an amazing nine days in the capital if you are a foodie fan like we are. For starters we have the Edinburgh Christmas Foodies Festival , running on the 25th, 26th and 27th of November at the EICC.
This festive season the Chefs Theatre boasts a stellar line up, including Masterchef 2016 Winner Jane Devonshire, who’ll be cooking up her favourite family Christmas recipes for the audience in our Chef’s Theatre. Plus, Great British Menu star Michael Bremner will prepare his beautifully executed mackerel dish, ‘A Message to the Lode Star’, which earned him an unequivocal 10/10 on the show and left veteran judge and two Michelin-starred chef Daniel Clifford in tears.
Acclaimed chefs sharing their top tips for a delicious festive feast include:
Michael Bremner - Scottish Regional Champion Great British Menu 2016
Jane Devonshire - MasterChef Winner 2016
Marcello Tully – Michelin-starred Chef at Kinloch Lodge in Skye
Gordon Craig - Taisteal
Brian Grigor – Michelin-starred Chef at Number One at The Balmoral
Jamie Scott – MasterChef: The Professionals Winner & The Newport
Adam Newth - Scottish Young Chef of the Year Winner & The Tayberry
Mark Greenaway - Restaurant Mark Greenaway
Stuart Ralston - Aizle
Jack Layer – MasterChef Finalist 2016
Neil Forbes - Cafe Marlayne
Three Sisters Bake - Authors, Bakers & Chefs
Paul Wedgwood - Wedgwood Restaurant
Fraser Allen – The Pompadour by Galvin
In the Cake & Bake Theatre, Burlesque Baker Charlotte White will create a modern showstopper of a Contemporary Christmas Cake in just 30 minutes (with not a plastic Santa in sight!), while master chocolatier Fiona Sciolti showcases a new selection of chocolate desserts and treats, as well as introducing her newest seasonal delights including Churros with delicious festive toppings.
In the Drinks Theatre, Champagne expert Neil Philips and wine experts Charles Metcalfe and Brian Elliot introduce their favourite tipples for Christmas, while Melissa Cole gives guided craft beer tastings. There’s also gin, whisky and Christmas Cocktail masterclasses on offer, so there’s a workshop to suit every taste!
To get in the festive spirit, visitors can also attend one of the brand new series of 12 Christmas Top Tip practical masterclasses which cover a range of activities, from learning the perfect way to curate a festive cheeseboard, to whipping up a Christmas spiced ice cream, and mastering the best techniques for curing salmon.
An Artisan Christmas Market introduces top producers selling a whole host of locally made delights, including cheeses, chutneys, oils, Christmas hampers and gifts, while the Pudding Hall offers up artisan macaroons, cupcakes and sweet seasonal treats.
To keep you satisfied while you explore, there will be range of international and award-winning Street Food stalls showcasing tasty snacks including calamari, steamed pork buns, macaroni cheese and Creole delights.
For younger foodies, the Elves Cookery School offers tutorials in Gingerbread man baking and Christmas Cookie decorating to keep everyone entertained.
The party spirit will be kept up all day long with vintage-style singers and Christmas Carollers providing entertainment on the Live Music Stage. Plus, to add to the fun, daring visitors can take part in daily events like the Chilli Eating Competition and test their sweet tooth with the Mince Pie Eating Contest, as well as team up to compete in the Christmas Quiz and Charades Relays.
So what to do after a busy day going around the festival? Well head down the Grassmarket and enjoy the Greater Grassmarket’s Food and Drink Week, of course!
The Greater Grassmarket Business Improvement District (BID) is launching its first Food and Drink Week from Friday 25th November – Saturday 3rd December to showcase the diverse range of food and drink options available in the Grassmarket.
There will be a range of dining offers for visitors and events taking place throughout the week for all the family. Restaurant offers include two-for-one on starters or desserts from El Toro Loco, Mamma’s Pizza and O’Oliviero, free dessert from Pizza Express, a special lunch and kid’s dining deal from Vittoria Restaurant, 10% off Petit Paris and express lunch for £9 at Tony Singh’s Restaurant in Apex Hotel.
Café deals include a free coffee with a roll or cake from Graze, Café Piccolo, Scooby Doo’s and Café Jacques. Visitors can also enjoy offers from local bars including free live music and drink deals at George IV Bar, a ‘dram and scram’ deal from the Wee Pub and haggis meal with dram of the month from The White Hart Inn.
There will also be a range of family-friendly, children and adult events taking place throughout Food and Drink Week including a tequila tasting and Mezcal masterclass at Mariachi, a children’s pizza making class at Mamma’s Pizza, pie and cheese tasting event at Auld Jock’s Pie Shoppe and Mellis Cheese, and a whisky tasting event at The Whisky Shop.
So make a day of it this weekend and enjoy the great Foodie festival and then go and sample the delights of the Grassmarket, or one evening next week remind yourself just how awesome the Grassamrket is!
Tickets are on sale now at foodiesfestival.com or by calling 0844 995 1111
All children aged 12 and under go free to all Foodies Festivals when accompanied by an adult.
Friday Nov 25th, 5pm - 9pm
Saturday Nov 26th, 10am - 6pm
Sunday Nov 27th, 10am - 5pm