A brand new summer food festival is set to take place in Edinburgh, showcasing the very best of Scotland’s food and drink alongside a complementary line-up of music, entertainment and talks.
Free to attend, Edinburgh Food Festival will take place from 29 July to 2 August, midday until after midnight, in Assembly’s George Square Gardens. Gourmet street food and local produce will be lined up alongside talks and debates from food and drink insiders.  A ticketed programme of entertainment including comic Hardeep Singh Kohli and acclaimed folk group, The Poozies will take place in the iconic Spiegeltent.
The Edinburgh Food Festival is supported by EventScotland, VisitScotland and Scotland Food & Drink as part of the Year of Food and Drink Scotland.
The Edinburgh Food Festival will feature stalls from at least 15 different producers around the garden, including Slow Food experts and bread makers. Food offerings will include freshly grilled seafood, wood fired pizza and gourmet beef burgers. Festival-goers can also enjoy free talks ranging from the benefits of organic food to a discussion on sustainability in food and drink.
Sharon Burgess, Managing Director of Assembly Festival Ltd said: 
“From Khushi’s to Pad BKK, we are proud to say we are working with some of the very best producers in the country and giving superb local street food vendors their much deserved time to shine. At Assembly we pride ourselves on working with some of the best entertainers in the industry, so we have relished this opportunity to work with the passionate and talented professionals in the food industry.”
Fiona Richmond, Project Manager, Scotland Food and Drink said: “The Year promotes the fantastic natural larder and talented producers that make Scotland a Land of Food and Drink while building on the tremendous success of our industry as well as the momentum generated by Homecoming Scotland in 2014. The Edinburgh Food Festival is an excellent showcase for Scotland’s premium produce this summer. It offers the opportunity to engage with food and drink businesses, sample street food and enjoy stimulating themed talks and debates”
Manuela Calchini, VisitScotland Regional Partnerships Director, said: “Edinburgh is home to some of the best festivals in the world so it’s very fitting that this year, during the Year of Food and Drink, visitors to the capital will have a new edible element to chew over in the form of the Edinburgh Food Festival.  With fascinating talks, delicious entertainment and mouth-watering street food, there is something to suit all tastes at this exciting new event.  Food and drink is such an important part of the visitor experience, and 2015 is the perfect time for Scots and visitors to Scotland to sample our outstanding culinary delights and authentic dining experiences.” 
In addition to the food stalls, tickets for a range of evening entertainment are on sale. The programme includes Edinburgh-based comic Hardeep Singh Kohli, cutting edge cabaret show Le Haggis, award winning Scottish fiddler, composer and producer Aidan O’Rourke and the all female four piece folk band, The Poozies. 
The food talks and debates are free but booking is required. More information on the festival can be found at www.edfoodfestcom. To keep up to date with the latest news follow @EdFoodFest on Twitter.

We are planning on heading along to the festival so keep an eye out for pictures on twitter @boyseatscotland – Instagram @boyseatscotland and on the blog at www.theboyseatscotland.scot

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