I'm looking forward to meeting Gillian, Nichola and Linsey from Three Sisters Bake. I'm a big fan of their new cook book and have been meaning to get along to their cafe or to one of their events for ages now! And maybe I could nominate myself as a tester for the cocktail making competition ;-)
Here's the blurb on the event:
"This year the festival welcomes top chefs from across Scotland including British Chef of the Year and MasterChef: The Professionals finalist Adam Handling, originally from Dundee and now head chef at The Caxton Grill in London. Adam is joined by fellow finalist Scott Davies of The Adamson in St Andrews, Celebrity MasterChef favourite Russell Grant, Great British Menu contestant Jacqueline O’Donnell and Three Sisters Bake - Gillian, Nichola and Linsey. The festival will also serve up Edinburgh's top chefs Mark Greenaway who recently appeared on Channel 4's Sunday Brunch, Michelin star Jeff Bland of the Balmoral Hotel, TV Chef Tony Singh, The Pompadour by Galvin Head Chef Craig Sandle and Café St Honore’s Neil Forbes; who will cook their favourite summer recipes in the Chefs Theatre for home cooks to recreate at home.
Exciting new features for 2014 include a spectacular Chocolate, Cake & Bake Theatre, hosted by Great British Bake Off star Glenn Cosby and steampunk baker Emilly Ladybird who will bake her famous absinthe fairy cakes alongside other pastry chefs, chocolatiers, bakers and sugarcraft experts. These masterclasses are complemented by the new Chocolate, Baking and Preserves Village for those who enjoy home baking, with a selection of stalls selling baking essentials and the latest gadgets. There is also a brand new outdoor BBQ Arena for lovers of al fresco dining. This purpose built BBQ stage will feature hourly BBQ cooking demonstrations and invites the audience to take part in BBQ challenges, meat-eating competitions and spectators can even learn how to make a ‘BBQ cake’!
For the adventurous, a Chilli Eating Challenge takes place at 5pm daily, when those brave-or-foolish enough are invited to try and break the current record of 13 varieties of chillies eaten in one sitting. This event attracts a huge crowd, who cheer on their friends and family to lift the chilli-eating crown.
Returning favourites include the Drinks Theatre, where regular masterclasses and demonstrations offer visitors the chance to taste and learn about wine, champagne, sherry, ales, gin and cocktails with experts including TV regular Charles Metcalfe, beer expert Melissa Cole and wine writer Brian Elliott. There is also a daily cocktail making competition to find Scotland's best cocktail, judged by an audience of Foodies visitors.
After its successful introduction to the festival in 2012, visitors can enjoy an extended Street Food Avenue, offering a huge selection of award winning hot and cold food from around the world including hog roasts, Vietnamese buns, exotic meats, tapas, churros, burritos, Moroccan tagines, South American prime beef, Jamaican and Thai street food. A new Feasting Tent at the heart of the festival becomes the social hub, where visitors can relax and enjoy their treats at long banqueting tables in the company of chefs, friends and family.
After a day of feasting, visitors can relax at the Champagne, Gin and Pimms tents with deck chairs and picnic rugs, or escape to the White Isle at the Ibiza Riot Bar with live DJs, giant beanbags, hanging chairs and hammocks with an exotic cocktail in hand. The entertainment stage features live music acts and fringe performers including Michelle McManus and Edinburgh's Got Talent winner Saskia Eng throughout the day until 8pm.
For little foodies a Children’s Cookery Theatre hosts “Around the World” themed cookery classes. These workshops help children find their taste buds and teach them basic cooking skills."
Friday 8th Aug, 11am - 8pm
Saturday 9th August, 10am - 8pm
Sunday 10th August, 10am - 7pm
Tickets are available at www.foodiesfestival.com