Foodies Festival draws crowds

Amir Pajouh and Jafar Gholi of Homa UK. Picture: Jon Savage

Amir Pajouh and Jafar Gholi of Homa UK. Picture: Jon Savage

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RECORD numbers of food fanatics descended on Inverleith Park this weekend to mark the tenth anniversary of the Edinburgh Foodies Festival – with organisers revealing visitor numbers had jumped by 20 per cent.

The UK’s largest celebration of food and drink this year boasted more events than ever before as a raft of stalls, markets and exhibitions sprung to life laden with treats from around the globe.

A giant teapot of Pimms, anyone? Picture: Jon Savage

A giant teapot of Pimms, anyone? Picture: Jon Savage

Visitors could munch their way through a variety of locally sourced products or perfect their summer cooking skills in the BBQ Arena – before watching some of the country’s top chefs rustle up their favourite dishes in front of a live 
audience.

Elsewhere, a Street Food Avenue offered mouth-watering flavours from around the world – including Japan, Brazil, Mexico and India – while a spaghetti-eating competition saw pairs of contestants race from either end of a four-metre spaghetti to be crowned Lady and her Champ.

A Children’s Cookery Theatre, meanwhile, gave youngsters the chance to learn basic cooking skills, while a Giant Pimm’s Teapot and Mojito Pirate Ship were on hand to serve up refreshing drinks to the adults as the sun made a rare appearance on Saturday.

Top chefs taking part in the event included MasterChef: the Professionals finalist Adam Handling and local favourite Mark Greenaway.

Last year saw more than 33,000 visitors flock to the park to take advantage of the foodie paradise, and this year was expected to be bigger and better than ever.

Festival director Sue Hitchen said the event had “grown amazingly” over the last ten years – with 16,000 people attending this Saturday alone.

She said: “It’s really busy – it’s gone really well.”