Tomorrow see’s the kick off for a weekend of spectacular food and drink at Inverleith Park Edinburgh. Foodie’s Festival, the UK’s largest food festival returns home to the city for it’s biggest festival yet. It is a something for everyone festival with over 200 artisan producers, pop up restaurants, international street food and the Chef’s Theatre where some of Scotland’s top chefs will cook their favourite summer recipes for home cooks to recreate.
The sessions in the Chef’s Theatre are always a favourite with visitors and among those taking part for the first time will be the popular Three Sisters Bake, Gillian, Nichola and Linsey Reith. The girls who run a Bistro Cafe in the picturesque village of Bridge of Weir, Renfrewshire, shot to fame last year following the launch of their Cookbook, ‘Three Sisters Bake, Delectable Recipes for Everyday’.
Since then they have found themselves in the limelight with appearances on TV, radio, and features in several well known magazines and newspapers. The Three Sisters are now truly following their culinary dream. Visitors to the festival will find them cooking up fresh vibrant food that has influences from their time when all three of them ate and cooked their way around the world. Gillian says their approach to food is simple, “Delighting the senses, cooking delicious things that look as good as they taste to enjoy with friends and family”.
You’ll find the Three Sisters Bake on stage in the Chef’s Theatre on Sunday 10th August at 4pm and they also have sessions in the Chocolate, Cake, Bake and Preserves Theatre on Friday, Sat and Sunday.
Also returning to this year’s festival and Chef’s Theatre is veteran and real favourite Chef Jacqueline O’Donnell. Jacqueline will be on stage over the three days and will be cooking up some of her favourite dishes, as always using the best of Scottish produce.
For the last 17 years, Jacqueline has been running the extremely popular Glasgow restaurant ‘The Sisters and is well known for her style of cooking simple dishes that allow the produce to speak for itself. She’s also a regular guest on TVand radio and more recently represented Scotland in the BBC series, The Great British Menu. Jacqueline will be on stage in the Chef’s Theatre at 5pm each day and is sure to be a winner with visitors.
On Saturday another Scottish favourite on stage in the Chef’s Theatre will be Edinburgh’s Chef Neil Forbes. Neil runs Cafe St Honore where focus is on serving good honest ingredients cooked simply. Seasonal ingredients, fresh meat, fish and game all locally sourced feature in Neil’s demonstrations and he is sure to wow the crowds this weekend with his passion for food. Neil describes cooking as an ’emotional experience that uses all the senses’.
Neil is ‘Catering in Scotland’s ‘Chef of the Year’ 2014 and was Scottish Restaurant Awards ‘Chef of the Year’ in 2011. He’s also a member of Slow Food Uk Chef Alliance and holds the Sustainable Restaurant Association 3-star champion status.
He’s a regular presenter on BBC’s Kitchen Cafe programme and also shares his love of cooking and skills with a programme of ‘Slow Food Masterclasses at Cafe St Honore throughout the year. He’s a very entertaining chef and his theatre sessions are sure to be popular with visitors to the festival. You’ll find Chef Forbes on stage at 11am on Saturday 10th August.
The full schedule for all the demonstrations in the Chefs Theatre can be found on the Foodies Festival website
As well as the Chef’s Theatre there’s a whole host of great food demonstrations to enjoy at this years festival. If your kids are interested in cooking, there’s also a Children’s Cookery Theatre running over the three days. Hosted by The Edinburgh School of Food and Wine, it will give kids the opportunity to learn to cook Summer recipes.
The brand new Chocolate, Cake, Bake and Preserves Theatre is hosting classes and demonstrations every hour over the three days and if you’re a chocolate lover it includes a chocolate tasting masterclass and other delicious chocolate making sessions. If dinks and coffee are more your thing, then the ever popular Drinks Theatre has an exciting array of demonstrations for cocktails and food matching on offer.
Whatever your interest in food there’s definitely something for you at Foodies Festival this weekend. Check the Foodies website for full details ticket availability and the full selection of classes and demonstrations.