Monday, 2 June 2014

Win Tickets To The Edinburgh Foodies Festival 2014, And Take Advantage Of Our Special Offer - Just For Readers Of Blethering Boys!

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​             From l-r: MasterChef The Professionals finalists Scott Davies and Adam Handling  
The Three Sisters Bakers

Do you fancy a day ogling some of the best chefs in the country, and tasting some of the finest flavours available?Are you dreaming of a day spent indulging your passion for food and drink in a foodie paradise?

Jacqueline O'Donnell
Foodies Festival brings MasterChef winners, top producers and award winning street food to Inverleith Park

And you could win a pair of free passes to this fabulous event! 
See our Rafflecopter below for details on how to enter.

Foodies Festival – Inverleith Park, Edinburgh – Friday 8th, Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th August 2014

Foodies Festival, the UK’s largest celebration of food & drink returns to Edinburgh’s Inverleith Park on the 8th, 9th and 10th August for a weekend celebration of Scotland’s finest produce, international street food, and culinary masters.

Having started as a small event in Edinburgh eight years ago, the festival has now grown into Scotland’s food and drink event of the Summer, transforming Inverleith Park into a foodie paradise with over 200 artisan producers, pop-up restaurants, premium brands and the chance to watch your favorite chefs cooking live. 

Festival Director Sue Hitchen said… “Edinburgh is where it all started for Foodies Festival, so it’s a very special event for me and our team. This year we are delighted to be the official partner of the MasterChef Street Food Bus, which offers our visitors a unique onboard experience with contestants and winners from the series cooking tasty street food dishes from the purpose built kitchen. “

MasterChef winner Mat Follas, finalist Jackie Kearney and the MasterChef Street Food Bus
Top chefs joining the festival this summer include MasterChef the Professionals runners-up Adam Handling and Scott Davies, Great British Menu’s Jacqueline O’Donnell of The Sisters, Mark Greenaway of Bistro Moderne, TV Chef Tony Singh, The Pompadour by Galvin Head Chef Craig Sandle, Café St Honore’s Neil Forbes and Glasgow’s The Three Sisters bakers Gillan, Nichola and Linsey, all of whom will cook their signature dishes live in the Chefs’ Theatre while explaining how home cooks can prepare the same dishes for friends and family.

 MasterChef's Adam Handling said… “I am delighted to be a part of the Foodies Festival in Edinburgh, I always love it when I can meet other foodies and share my love of cooking with them, and if I can help to inspire and encourage people in their kitchens, then that for me is an honour. Coming back to Scotland is always special for me, it was the where I undertook my first apprenticeship when I was 16, where I gained my first two AA rosettes at Fairmont St Andrews, and where I was awarded ’Scottish Young Chef of the Year 2011’. Being a part of the Edinburgh Foodies Festival will add to the many special memories that I have here.

Exciting new features for 2014 include a spectacular Chocolate, Bake and Preserves Theatre, which will host top pastry chefs, chocolatiers, bakers and sugarcraft experts. This is complemented by the new Chocolate, Baking and Preserves Village, for those with a sweet tooth and who enjoy home baking, with a selection of stalls selling baking essentials and the latest gadgets. 

A brand new outdoor BBQ Arena will appeal to lovers of al fresco dining. The purpose built BBQ stage will feature hourly BBQ cooking demonstrations and invite the audience to take part in BBQ challenges; meat-eating competitions and they can even learn how to make a ‘BBQ cake’!

A new Chilli Market spices things up with a range of chilli-growers and artisan producers of sauces, sweets and jams. For those who can handle the heat a Chilli Eating Challenge takes place at 5pm daily.

A new Feasting Tent at the heart of the festival becomes a social hub, where visitors can relax and enjoy their purchases in the company of chefs, friends and family at long banqueting tables.

Another exciting addition this year is the Vintage Tea Tent that will hold daily tea dances, alongside a Vintage Kitchen Market allowing visitors to pick up beautiful pieces to add to their own kitchens at home.

Returning features this year include the popular Drinks Theatre, where regular masterclasses and demonstrations allow visitors the chance to taste and learn about wine, champagne, sherry, ales and spirits with experts including TV’s Charles Metcalfe, beer expert Melissa Cole and champagne expert Neil Phillips. There is also a daily cocktail making competition to find the best cocktail in Edinburgh, judged by an audience of Foodies visitors.

Foodies Festivals are recognised for their focus on street food with the introduction of the Street Food Avenue in 2012. This year visitors can enjoy 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.

There is plenty for little foodies to do as well with the Children’s Cookery Theatre hosting “Around the World” themed cookery classes. These workshops will help children find their taste buds and teach them basic cooking skills.

The entertainment stage features live music acts and fringe performers throughout the day until 7pm.

Ticket Information

2014 Foodies Festivals tickets are now available from or by calling 0844 995 1111.

1-day adult ticket for Friday £10.00
1-day adult ticket Saturday or Sunday £12.00 (£10.00 concession)
3-day adult ticket £18.00 (£15.00 concession)
1-day VIP ticket £38.00 
(Friday VIP ticket £35)

Opening times:
Friday 8th August 11am - 7pm
Saturday 9th August 10am - 7pm 
Sunday 10th August 10am - 7pm

VIP tickets include a glass of Sparkling Wine on arrival, access to the VIP tent throughout the day, a goody bag and priority entry to theatre and masterclass sessions as well as a private bar with refreshments throughout the day and great views of the entertainment stage.

All children aged 12 and under go free to all Foodies Festivals when accompanied by an adult.

Foodies Festival has also kindly offered all readers of Blethering Boys a 2 for 1 deal on all early bird tickets.

For your chance to win one of two pairs of free tickets to Foodies Festival Edinburgh, simply leave a comment to let us know what you will be making a beeline for at the festival?

For us, we are heading straight to Adam Handling - a Dundee boy done good.  Go Team Adam!


  1. Reading this makes me sad. This looks like an event I would like to attend problem is that I live all the way in America. I love good food

  2. Come over! Scotland is awesome!!!

  3. Looking forward to smelling delicious bbq food wafting through the sunfilled show arena and sampling amazing tastes and flavours

    1. Mmm! The smell! It's the smell that keeps you hungry!

    2. You're so right the beef from the bbq was delicious - hope its there again this year!

  4. I can't wait until the foodies festival this year - hope the weather's is as good as last year. The best part? All the goodies at the foodies yum!

  5. Cocktail making = must see!!


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