Edinburgh Food Festival 2021: The 10-day free event returns to George Square Gardens


The Edinburgh Food Festival has been postponed to 2020, but will return in 2021 to the Covid-secure Assembly George Square Gardens from Friday July 23 to Sunday August 1.

The Edinburgh Food Festival was launched in 2015, and lasts for five days as part of the Scottish Year of Food and Drink.

The Festival has always had quality Scottish ingredients at heart and featured top food producers and manufacturers from across Scotland, along with chef demonstrations and workshops from Carina Contini (Contini), Scott Smith (Fhior) , Derek Johnstone (Inaugural MasterChef the Professionals Champion), and more.

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The Edinburgh Food Festival is back for 10 days from July.
The Edinburgh Food Festival is back for 10 days from July.

Since its launch in 2015, the festival has grown year after year, welcoming more than 35,000 visitors in 2019 during an event that now lasts ten days.

Supported by the Scotland Events Recovery Fund provided by EventScotland, this summer’s event will be a little different from previous years as Edinburgh and the rest of Scotland slowly emerge from the lockdown restrictions that have resulted in the postponement of the festival last year.

Festival goers will be assigned a table for their visit, from which they can sample dishes from a selection of Scottish street food stalls.

In previous years, visitors have sampled award-winning artisanal pies from Jarvis Pickle, gourmet fish ‘n’ chips from Alanda’s Scottish Seafood Grill, and home cooking from Leith-based social enterprise Punjabi Junction.

All washed down with drinks from the well-stocked bar in the gardens.

The Edinburgh Food Festival 2021 will offer a small program of workshops and culinary activities for children and families, as well as one-off events that will take place during the ten-day event.

EdFoodFest 2021 will mark the start of the Assembly Festival’s summer programming in Edinburgh, opening Assembly George Square Gardens on Friday July 23; with the first live events of the Fringe Festival starting Thursday July 29.

The gardens were designed from the start to ensure the safety of visitors and staff.

The capacities in the Gardens and the covered rooms have been reduced to allow the implementation of physical distancing measures.

All payments at the ticket office, food outlets and bars will be contactless to avoid unnecessary handling of cash and there will be additional cleaning as well as hand sanitizing stations located in the gardens.


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