Something completely different today but yesterday the family (myself, Liv and Amelia) went to the Foodies Festival in Edinburgh’s Invleith Park. Last year we visited for the first time and ate some really great food but we left quickly and early as it chucked it down with rain. The food festival ran from the 8th-10th August and we went on the Saturday (9th). Thank god we didn’t go on the Friday or Sunday as both days it absolutely chucked it down with rain (it actually rained on the 9th as well but we were long gone by then).
So what did we eat? Lots of really great food. We mainly went to eat the same ribeye sandwich/burger we ate last year and this year we went to the same stand and had lamb burgers. In hindsight I should have gone for the ribeye instead as it tasted better but you have to try something different. You’ll notice in the photo below of the burger in the box a little chunky toddler hand reaching in with a fork. Well, my daughter loved it.
The first photo is something called a prawnini. It’s actually fish but I liked it. Two of my highlights were the honey beer, Hive, that I grabbed a sample of. That was lovely. The other was the fresh coconut we had. I love coconut but I hate coconut in a bottle drinks, I find them generally pretty rank, but the fresh coconut water straight from the coconut was lovely.
You’ll also see from the photos there was an assortment of things to buy and sample from Spanish to Caribbean to Indian food and other things in between. We wanted to try the Caribbean food but were almost full by this point and really wanted to try the Mark Greenway food. Mark Greenway is, from what I understand, the latest hot stuff Michelin starred chef in Edinburgh and he had a pop up stand. We tried two things from his stand, a slow cooked pork belly dish and a soft shell crab dish, both £5 each, and they were absolutely lovely. I’m thinking at some point later this year we’ll have to visit his restaurant. According to the menu of his restaurant they do an 8 course tasting menu. Cool!
Final two things to mention were the lovely cake stand and the sheer number of people there. As a wedding photographer I see hundreds of wedding cakes and most are very similar. Not good, not bad, just similar. So I love seeing more interesting cakes and Liggy’s Cakes were really beautiful.
We really couldn’t believe how busy the food festival was this year. We arrived around 12 and had to wait 5 or so minutes to get in. By the time we left 2.5 hours later the queue was almost the full length of the park. Unreal!
Can’t wait until the Foodies Festival comes back next year.