Friday, 28 August 2015

Foodies Festival, Edinburgh

Every year Edinburgh is fortunate enough to play host to one of the largest and most vibrant culinary celebrations within the UK.

Hello Foodies!

Having never attended this glorious event for whatever reason, I was delighted to partner with Vita Coco as a blogger and guest for the day. I flip-flopped my way down to Inverleith Park on a beautiful Saturday faster than you could imagine to sample their wares and soak up a little sunshine.

I was greeted by a retro-chic Stella Artois van who were dishing out glasses of pear and elderflower cider to welcome guests upon arrival. FYI, on a hot Scottish summer's day something like this goes down quite the treat. Met by a sea of exhibitors, food stalls and deck chairs, I immediately knew that I was in for an incredible day.

Whilst the park was heaving with guests all primed and ready to celebrate the latest offerings within Scottish Food and Drink culture, there was still an overriding sense of relaxation as everyone kicked back their shoes to recline on deck chairs, bask in a few rays, sip some pimms or a glass of prosecco, chat with friends and listen to some live performances.

Eat, drink and merry? You bet!

The signature Pimm's teapot stood out amongst the masses like a refreshing homing beacon serving up tall glasses of liquid sunshine to ensure that you could hang loose and be cool at all times.

It is easy to feel overwhelmed at Foodies from brownies, fudge, beverages, spreads, to chutneys, chilli, cakes and macarons but there was something there to tickle even the most troublesome taste buds.

The event was also proud to showcase some master-classes/tasting sessions on a variety of themes which you could easily sign up for at one of the many tents dotted around the site.

Timing is everything, and I was lucky enough pop by to catch Treacle's own barman and master concocter Mike McGinty share a little bit about Scotland's impressive contribution to the gin scene. He also enlisted his mum as a glamorous assistant to help him create a gin based "East India Punch" with a melody of tasty ingredients such as lemon, orange, darjeeling tea, gin and a home made peach and cardamom sugar syrup.

Seriously, you had me at gin cocktail.

In the blaze of the Edinburgh sunshine, I had the pleasure of spending some time with the lovely ladies from Vita Coco, who were far from coconut shy. Treating event guests with a tempting snack of popcorn cooked in their very own coconut oil, they were happy to explain more about the wonders of the product and the countless ways in which you can enjoy it in the kitchen or on your beauty counter.

Keep your eyes peeled as the blog will be serving you another in depth post about Vita Coco. Coming right up!

If you are yet to grace this incredible event be sure to pop a reminder in your diary for next year so you can snap up some tickets and be first in line.

Take your hubby. Grab the Mrs. Call a friend or steal a baby or dog and bring them along as it is an amazing event for all the family. I had such an enjoyable afternoon and it was so encouraging to rejoice in the creativity and innovation of our delicious nation.

Once you pitch up at Foodies, I have a hunch you will find it rather morish. See you next year...

How do I connect with Foodies?
Twitter: @foodiesfestival
Instagram: @foodiesfestival

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