The Year of Food & Drink Scotland 2015 has celebrated wonderful Scottish produce and dishes, as well as the amazing variety of establishments where they are served.
Edinburgh has a vibrant and thriving dining scene, and with more restaurants per head than anywhere else in the UK it truly is a foodie’s heaven. From Michelin-star restaurants to family bistros, street food and markets, Edinburgh caters to all tastes and budgets.
The Edinburgh Restaurant Festival is a celebration of Edinburgh’s fantastic food offering. Now in its second year, the 10 day festival is full of special set menus and events to encourage people to eat out and try something new.
Whet your appetite with these five things you need to know about the Edinburgh Restaurant Festival.
You get to enjoy lunch for only £15 and dinner for just £25More than 30 restaurants across Edinburgh will be offering special set menus throughout the festival with three course lunches for £15 and three course dinners for £25. With a wide variety to choose from, including the famous Tower Restaurant at the National Musuem of Scotland and Rhubarb Restaurant at Prestonfield House, to local favourites like Fishers in the City and Kyloe, plus recent openings The Beer Kitchen by Innis & Gunn and No 8 Lister Square, it’s a great opportunity to try somewhere new.
There are a whole host of foodie events to get involved inExpand your food knowledge and tantalise your taste buds with the festival’s great programme of ‘Bite Sized’ events. Highlights include learning how to pair your food with craft beer at the Fallen Brewery Craft Beer and Food Matching Dinner at Gait Craft Beer & Kitchen; sampling some of Scotland’s finest cheeses at the I.J. Mellis Cheese Tasting with Creative Cookware and enjoying a selection of the best street food from around the world at the Round the World Street Food Lunch at Grassmarket, Stockbridge and Leith markets.
It’s fun for the families tooLittle kids and big kids alike will have fun with food at the Grassmarket Family Foodie Day on Saturday 10th October. There’s a great line-up of free activities to try your hand at, including creating your perfect pizza topping and getting creative with crepe art. Little ones will enjoy making their creations and we’re sure parents will enjoy helping to eat them!
Music lovers and foodies will unite at the first Edinburgh Street FeastivalClosing the Edinburgh Restaurant Festival in style is the first Edinburgh Street Feastival from 16th – 18th October. What’s a street feastival we hear you say? It’s a pop-up food and music experience with local restaurants serving up street food-style dishes for just £5 each across the weekend, all sound tracked by local DJs from Sneaky Pete’s, The Wee Red Bar and Bongo Club. Taking place in St Andrew Square Garden, it’s the perfect finale to Edinburgh Restaurant Festival’s 10 delicious days of dining out.
Your “foodography” skills could earn you some great Edinburgh dining experiences
Before you delve into your tasty Edinburgh Street Festival meals make sure you take a snap as we’re looking out for the best foodography throughout the festival. Share your photos using #EatOutEdin on Twitter and Instagram and you could be in with the chance of winning vouchers for lunch or dinner at some of Edinburgh’s best dining spots. We’ll award our favourites each week and all entries will appear in our online gallery on ThisisEdinburgh.com – so get snapping!
You can also share your own Scottish restaurant experiences on social media using the #tastescotland hashtag!
For all Edinburgh Restaurant Festival information, the set menus and event listings visit thisisedinburgh.com/edinburghrestaurantfestival and follow @edinburgh #edrestaurantfest on Twitter for all the latest news and updates.