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Fabulous Foodie Festival

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What’s not to love about a Foodies Festival? A great opportunity to meet like-minded food lovers, discover new products, catch up with companies you’ve met before and eating and drinking lots!

I was pretty darn excited when Gary from Edinburgh Foodies Festival contacted me to ask if I’d like to attend this year’s festival. Why yes, of course I would!!!

So, off I tootled to Edinburgh to explore what was on offer and I wasn’t disappointed.

My first stop was to say hello to Cindy from Miss IntegriTea. Despite it being early in the day, Cindy had plenty of customers so I didn’t want to hang around too long in case she missed a sales opportunity! It was lovely to see her so busy.

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I carried on down past the stalls and literally stopped in my tracks when I came across the most colourful display of macarons I think I’ve ever seen! They just looked so inviting and called me towards them! Dimkin’s Patisserie had gorgeous flavoured macarons including Blackcurrant & Creme de Cassis, Lime & Coconut, Strawberry & Vanilla, Pistachio and my personal favourite Cherry & Almond. I took a decent selection away with me (purely for blogging purposes!) and had my hand in the bag very shortly after 😉

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It was starting to get really warm as we headed towards midday so The Shack with their fabulous Mojitos was a perfect reason to stop! Cool and refreshing, with just the right combination of rum and mint, made this Food Adventurer very happy indeed!

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Ooooooh! That hit the spot!

I then went on my merry way, soaking up the great atmosphere that was building with all the live music being played and all incredible aromas from the stalls that were enticing the lunchtime crowd. As I wandered round I spied upon what was to become the highlight of my day. Mark Greenaway was hosting a pop up Bistro Moderne. I mossied on over and ordered his Eton Mess, which was utterly delicious! I asked one of his team if Mark was available to say hello and as I was tucking into my dessert, the man himself came over and sat with me for a wee chat. I can’t tell you how exciting this was for me! I’m a big fan and love how passionate he is about Scottish produce. I couldn’t thank him enough for his time as I know how busy he must have been, but not before leaving with photographic evidence of my meeting!

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It was getting towards time to head for the Chef’s Tent to start watching some demos. First up was Adam Handling, finalist in last year’s Masterchef, The Professionals. I was really rooting for Adam to win, but he’s not doing too badly for himself, as at only 26, he’s the Head Chef at Caxton Grill, in charge of 22 staff, not too shabby!! He is also about to launch his first cookery book and chocolate range. Adam cooked a dish with lobster and then his famous chocolate orange dessert. I raced up for a sample straight after as I was quite near the front. It will probably the closest I’ll ever get to eat Adam’s dishes!!

 

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I was definitely getting ready for something else to eat, when I spied that the new Market Deli range from Walkers were about to start a live demo. Not one to pass on a savoury snack I pulled up a chair just in time as James was about to start his next talk. James is the resident foodie at Walkers (what a job!) and he started by chatting about Walkers and the background to the new Market Deli range. It was lovely and informal as we all sat round a table while served a small glass of wine (seriously, you need to get yourselves to a Foodie Festival!!). James then let us try small samples of nibbles that he had paired with a selection of the new range. My favourite was definitely the Modema Balsamic crisps. They were unlike any other crisp I’d tasted and were very flavoursome.

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Off to my next demo, this time in the Cake & Baking Tent where Charlotte of Charlotte Flower Chocolates was giving a talk about her range of chocolates and the special ingredients she uses, which include sea salt, locally made whisky and sea buckthorn. I first tried her chocolates last year at BBC Good Food Show in Glasgow so I was looking forward to seeing what she was going to make. She didn’t disappoint, making French apple tart (in real-time!)  and a mint ganache tart. I was quick up to the front at the end and got to try the apple tart which was so good! She uses the freshest ingredients which really brings out the flavour in her chocolates, so if you see her at a local farmers market then grab some!

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My last stop before heading home was to see Mark Greenaway’s demo. He cooked blackened mackerel with a bread tuille. The bread tuille was flattened through a pasta maker, something new to try! He coped well considering the mother of all downpours was happening outside the tent, quickly followed by some thunder & lightning into the mix. I really can’t wait to visit one of his establishments next time I’m in Edinburgh.

 

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So, there you have my day at Edinburgh Foodies Festival! I was lucky to be sent complimentary tickets in order that I could attend the festival as a blogger. All opinions are my own, after all I do really love my food!!

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Melanie, Food Adventurer

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