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Flavour of the month: Edinburgh’s top chefs share their secrets this August!

Edinburgh is definitely the place to be this month, with festival fever spreading like wild fire, and all sorts of shenanigans happening across the capital, including hilarious impromptu comedy, energetic street performers and world-class theatre. And, there’s a celebration for your taste buds too!

The Foodies Festival is coming to Inverleith Park from 8 – 10 August. Picturesquely situated in a stunning corner of Edinburgh – complete with a duck pond and only a few feet away from the Royal Botanic Garden – Inverleith Park is a favourite among locals and a peaceful retreat in the heart of the city.

Over the weekend, you can sample fine beverages during drinking masterclasses, sit down for lunch in pop-up restaurant tents and wander down ‘Street Food Avenue’, where you can sample exotic tidbits from all over the world. There’s even some live music in the park, so you can relax with a few nibbles and embrace the festival’s summer vibes!

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Two of Edinburgh’s celebrity chefs, Neil Forbes and Craig Sandle will take to the stage during the festival to whip up an extraordinary array of dishes right in front of you at the Chef’s Theatre. Read on to find out the secrets behind two of their special dishes, and feast your eyes on two easy-to-follow recipes, kindly shared by these two kitchen geniuses and featuring some the best ingredients from Scotland’s natural larder.

Chef Neil Forbes

Chef Neil Forbes

Loin of venison with greens and barley

Inspired by the wild hills of Scotland, this recipe features venison, one of Scotland’s favourite game meats. It also features some of the land’s flourishing herbs and greens, bringing a quintessentially Scottish essence to the dish.

Inspired to become a chef simply by his Granny’s soup, Neil Forbes now treats customers to tantalising tastes using all of the hand-picked Scottish ingredients at his disposal, from locally foraged vegetables to sustainably sourced meats, and he serves up a storm every evening at Cafe St Honoré in Edinburgh. Read the recipe


Chef Craig Sandle

Chef Craig Sandle

Roast fillet of Scottish beef, braised cheek, creamed spinach and pommes fondant

Scotland produces some of the world’s best beef, with our fertile farmlands and temperate climates. Served beautifully with the accompaniments of potatoes, young spinach, carrots and shallots, this dish is designed to impress.

Experience an elegant evening at the Pompadour by Galvin at the Caledonian Hotel, known to many as the ‘grand old lady of Edinburgh restaurants’. Here, you’ll be spoiled by head chef Craig’s kitchen mastery, and you’ll have an unforgettable experience of fine dining in the capital city. Read the recipe

So, get in the kitchen and impress your friends with your newly discovered culinary flair! Or, if you’d rather let someone else do the cooking, treat yourself to an impressive dinner at one of the chefs’ restaurants, before heading out into the buzzing atmosphere of Edinburgh’s Festivals, where you can discover thousands of inspiring performances.

Festival visitors watch a street performer

Festival visitors watch a street performer

If you’re wondering where to start, click here to download our Edinburgh Festivals Survival Guide, and start planning your adventures around the city.

What are your festival plans this August? Let us know in the comments below, or tell us on any of our social media platforms.


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