August 11, 2013

Foodie Festival Edinburgh 2013

Foodie Festival Edinburgh

Something a little different today. I’ve just finished editing a couple weddings and the one I’ve been asked not to share, so I thought I’d share something completely different today.

Edinburgh is a very cultural city. There’s nearly always something going on, whether it be a marathon, charity event, spartan race, santa run, loony dook or one of the many festivals. These festivals include the Fringe, the largest arts festival in the world, the science festival, childrens festival and the book festival.

For the last five years Edinburgh has hosted something called “Taste of Edinburgh”, which sadly this year hasn’t ran. Instead today we visited another food festival called the “Foodie Festival” which is held in Inverleith Park. Both Liv and I are big foodies, Liv is a professional chef at one of the most famous restaurants in Edinburgh and I’ve always loved eating different foods from around the world. We did a little research about this festival and immediately the highlight for us was something called the “BBQ Arena”.

Who doesn’t love a BBQ?! British bbq, yes please, Korean bbq, hell yes, anything other kind of bbq, yeah sure, I’ll give it a go. The Foodie Festival had all kinds of really great foods ranging from French to hot dogs, to breads/cheeses/ice creams etc but we tried two different bbq’s. One was a lamb bbq which came in a box with salad and a choice of dressing. This was excellent, really really delicious.

Our favourite though was a burger called the Le Grande which was 5 or 6 layers of sliced rib eye steak in a burger. In a word, awesome! The last time I had a burger this good was in Xi’an when Liv and I travelled around China in 2007. This burger was loosely called a “rojermole” (spelt completely wrong but this is how you pronounce it) and it was a slow cooked lamb burger, cost about 50p and was absolutely divine.

But back to this food festival, we had two of these burgers, the lamb salad box as mentioned before, some ice cream and a mojito. We also tried various bits of cheese, seaweed and other things but all in all the food festival was excellent. I must also mention the prices, really good. My understanding is the vendors make minimal profit on their products (at least the food products) in the hope they will see customers turn up to their restaurants and spend considerably more money. We spent about £60 in total but we did eat and try hell of a lot of things.

Loads of photos below, most with descriptions.

Proescco Bar, Foodie Festival Edinburgh 2013

One of the many excellent looking vehicles around the site

Whisky tasting, Foodie Festival Edinburgh 2013

Whisky tasting. We didn’t try but there were plenty of people enjoying a dram or two

Foodie Festival Edinburgh 2013

Rum Bus. How awesome, if you love rum

Soba Street Food, Foodie Festival Edinburgh 2013

Soba Street Food. I’m always a little wary of stands/restaurants selling foods from different countries at the same time but I really like the illustrated boards

Foodie Festival Edinburgh 2013

Ruam Siam Thai Restaurant. We love Thai food but haven’t tried this restaurant yet. Maybe we’ll give it a go sometime

Galvin Brasserie de Luxe, Foodie Festival Edinburgh 2013

Really funny stand. We arrived before the big crowds and while we didn’t want to eat French food they kept saying “come back, don’t walk away, we have child portions…”

Ice cream van, Foodie Festival Edinburgh 2013

Ice cream van

Ice cream van, Foodie Festival Edinburgh 2013

Ice cream van

Sausages. Foodie Festival Edinburgh 2013

Sausages! I’m normally the first to run to a sausage stand but we didn’t try the sausages this time as we really wanted to eat some barbeque

Paella, Foodie Festival Edinburgh 2013

Garlic, prawn, squid and mussel paella. Looked absolutely delicious but we were sadly both really full before we could try this

Foodie Festival Edinburgh 2013

Sausages, cheese and potatoes at the Foodie Festival Edinburgh 2013

Beef, Foodie Festival Edinburgh 2013

Beef! Cow! Moo! Absolutely awesome

Lamb, Foodie Festival Edinburgh 2013

Curry, Foodie Festival Edinburgh 2013

This curry looked fantastic and smelled even better but again we didn’t have any space in our bellies for it

BBQ Lamb, Foodie Festival Edinburgh 2013

The prices at the Foodie Festival were a lot more reasonably than I thought they would be. Yes we spent £60 (ish) but yum

Foodie Festival Edinburgh 2013

BBQ Lamb, Foodie Festival Edinburgh 2013

Boxing up some lamb deliciousness

BBQ Lamb, Foodie Festival Edinburgh 2013

This was really excellent. A big box of salad and lamb, a really generous amount at that. Thoroughly delicious

BBQ Ribeye Beef Burger, Foodie Festival Edinburgh 2013

My highlight of the day. Multiple layers of ribeye steak and chimichurri sauce in a burger. So good we had two of these

Soaps, Food Festival Edinburgh 2013

Soaps, Food Festival Edinburgh 2013

Salad dressings, Foodie Festival Edinburgh 2013

Seaveg Seaweed, Foodie Festival Edinburgh 2013

Buffalo Farm BBQ, Foodie Festival Edinburgh 2013

Not really our thing, we didn’t especially enjoy the burger, but our daughter loved it

Amelia eyeballing some food

Buffalo burger, Foodie Festival Edinburgh 2013

Again, Liv and I weren’t that keen on this burger but our daughter absolutely wolfed it down

Classic Gelato, Foodie Festival Edinburgh 2013

One scoop of mint choc chip and another of cookie ice cream, loved it

Classic Gelato, Foodie Festival Edinburgh 2013

Raeburn Bar, Foodie Festival Edinburgh 2013

I didn’t take any long lenses and frankly didn’t really have any cares while taking these photos, but the gentleman on the guitar was playing the Blues Brothers when we walked past. Respect!

Tuckers Exotic Meats, Foodie Festival Edinburgh 2013

We didn’t try any of the burgers on display as we were completely fully but was impressed at the selection of meats. Incidentally, I absolutely love ostrich, one of my favourite meats

Tuckers Exotic Meats, Foodie Festival Edinburgh 2013

We didn’t try any of the burgers on display as we were completely fully but was impressed at the selection of meats. Incidentally, I absolutely love ostrich, one of my favourite meats

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