A word of warning: don’t google The Edinburgh Food Festival if you’re even remotely hungry. The foodie delights on offer at this Assembly-run festival look superb and taste even better. Now in its third year, the festival celebrates the finest Scottish food and drink and takes place in George Square Gardens. You can enter for free and enjoy the foodie talks, debates and demos from top industry figures.
It wouldn’t be a food festival without the street food vendors and thankfully they’ve invited some of the best. Make sure you save plenty of room because Unami Spice Girl, Chick & Pea, Scoff, Alandas Scottish Seafood, Slow Food Edinburgh and many more will all be at the festival.
The festival gets more and more popular each year and since over 25,000 people attended last year, we’d recommend heading down early to make the most of the food and drink celebrations.
With more than 45 exhibitions, spread across 35 venues, the 14th Edinburgh Art Festival has an extensive programme with solo shows from Scottish arts, including Douglas Gordon and Stephen Sutcliffe, alongside displays from international artists.
One of the highlights of the festival is Platform, which offers a dedicated opportunity for artists in the early stages of their career to make and present new work in the festival programme. Held at The Fire Station at Lauriston Place, the selected artists will present performance, filmmaking, photography, soun installation and sculpture, to demonstrate the breadth and vitality of contemporary art practice in Scotland.
Release your inner kid at Sighthill Park with the Colour Bomb Carnival. There’s fairground rides, colour bombs and all the usual carnival fun, it’s just a lot messier than usual.
The carnival plans to travel across Scotland with stops at Glasgow, Stirling and Dundee, so look out for confirmation of these dates if you can’t make it through to Edinburgh between 30 June – 9 July.
In association with Oxjam Edinburgh, the Grassmarket stage will be coming out on 8 July to showcase some of the best local musicians in one of Edinburgh’s most beautiful settings.
The stage will return throughout the summer on 22 July, 29 July, 2 September, 9 September, 16 September and 23 September.
Five actors, with all manner of musical instruments, present an inventive take on Shakespeare’s infamous love story Romeo & Juliet.
Performed by The Three Inch Fools – a five-strong troupe who travel the UK turning literally any setting into a stage (they’ve performed on a garlic farm) with their set, props, costumes and camping gear – the actors highly imaginative, musical take on the classic love story at Lauriston Castle on 17 July is definitely worth a watch.