Festive feast of fabulous food

Baker Flora Shedden will be demonstrating her skills at this wekend's Christmas Foodies Festival. Picture by Greg Macvean.
Baker Flora Shedden will be demonstrating her skills at this wekend's Christmas Foodies Festival. Picture by Greg Macvean.

Looking for some indoor entertainment for all the family this dreich November weekend?

Then why not head along to the Edinburgh Christmas Foodies Festival that kicks of at the EICC tonight (Friday)?

Scotland’s top chefs, award-winning artisan producers and international street food come together under one roof to tickle the taste buds.

Leading the charge is St Andrews-based Great British Bake Off runner-up Flora Shedden who will be demonstrating her skills, while local bakers get the chance to show off their creations in a baking competition to win the Edinburgh Showstopper Champion title.

More St Andrews connections come with appearances from Jamie Scott, 2014’s Professional MasterChef, formerly of the town’s Rocca restaurant – and planning his own restaurant in Newport-on-Tay – and Scott Davies, formerly of The Adamson and now in charge of Skye’s Three chimneys restaurant.

Other chefs who will be demonstrating their skills include Hardeep Singh Kohli,Tony Rodd a 2015 MasterChef finalist, from Edinburgh’s Michelin starred Number One at The Balmoral Brian Grigor and Peter McKenna, whose restaurant The Gannet is the 2015 AA Scottish Restaurant of The Year.

But it’s not just about watching – more than 150 Scottish producers will be taking part in the artisan market selling locally produced cheeses, chutneys, chocolates, sauces and biscuits and crackers, cakes, puddings and more.

A Vegan area in the Christmas Market will offer a range of delicious and healthy vegan, veggie and gluten-free treats, while gin lovers will rejoice as Edinburgh’s gin producers, Daffy’s, Pickering’s and Edinburgh Gin, host daily Christmas gin cocktail masterclasses and wine and beer experts will be on hand to offer suggestion for Christmas drinks.

Other features of the festival include a Street Food Village where visitors can sample a feast of flavours from around the world, a Cake & Bake Theatre hosted by Scotland’s top bakers and chocolatiers, and an accompanying Christmas themed Pudding Hall.

And for the under-12s, the Elf Cookery School with Kiddy Cook will them the chance to bake and decorate snowballs, gingerbread men, cookies and cupcakes to leave out for Santa. 

The Fair will also feature live music from local choirs singing carols and entertainment throughout the day.

The Fair open tonight (Friday) at 5pm and continues tomorrow and Sunday from 10am.