Sun 10 Aug 2014
After a beautiful sunny July in Edinburgh, the August weather has been very changeable. One day it’s glorious sunshine, the next it’s torrential rain. Luckily, the sun shone yesterday on the my visit to the Foodies Festival at Inverleith Park. The days either side have been terrible weather, so I definitely picked the best time to go.
I met a couple of friends in town and we walked down to Inverleith Park for about 11am. The festival is like a large food market with stalls selling all kinds of food and drink. There are also a few shows on throughout the day. You can watch chefs preparing their favourite dishes or attend expert masterclasses. You have to register for tickets to see the shows so we went to the registration tent first. But unfortunately, everything was booked up until the afternoon. Obviously they are very popular, so I think you must have to go there as soon as it opens if there’s something you really want to see.
We decided to have a wander around the park first to see what was there and choose what we wanted for lunch from the pop-up restaurants and street food stands. There was so much to choose from! I picked a delicious pulled pork roll from the Great British Sausage Company and a fresh mixed berry juice from The Shack cocktail stand. For dessert I had an amazing melt-in-the-mouth Oreo brownie from The Brownie Bar. By this time the park was getting very busy and it was difficult to find somewhere to sit, but we eventually found space in the picnic area, where they had set out long tables in rows. After lunch we had a few more drinks and some multi-coloured snow cones.
After a fun couple of hours at the Foodies Festival, we decided to have a walk back up into town to sit in the sun and soak up the festival atmosphere. As we left, the queue for entry was extremely long, so I would advise going early to avoid the crowds. We walked up to Princes Street Gardens, where we sat in the sun and enjoyed the free entertainment on at the Bandstand. A lovely end to the day!
Inverleith Park, Arboretum Road, Edinburgh, EH3 5NZ