Edinburgh Food Festival is now open and will run until Sunday 1 August 2021 in our traditional George Square Garden home. Since its launch in 2014, the festival has gone from strength to strength, hosting top industry figures such as Carina Contini, Shirley Spear, Tom Lewis, Guy Grieve and Neil Forbes. 

The festival is free to enter and no reservations are required.

Supported through Scotland's Events Recovery Fund delivered by EventScotland, the 2021 Edinburgh Food Festival marks the start of the Assembly Festival's festival season, with some of Scotland's best food and drink vendors calling the Gardens home for the ten-day event. 

What's on

For visitors who enjoy a little heat, the self-proclaimed purveyors of fire, spice, and butter, The Fat Flamingo, will be serving up their loaded nachos - previous menus have included Venison Chili Con Carne Nachos and Vegan Black Bean and Sweet Potato Chilli; Free the Chilli, will be putting the Scot into Scotch Bonnet, with flavours from across the globe to enjoy whether you're a spice lover or not; and Moskito Spanish Bites will bring their twisted Spanish tapas to the Gardens, with their signature Patatas Bravas and Spaniard Fries. 

Catering veterans, Prime Street Food, will be in attendance, serving fresh, locally sourced ingredients in restaurant-quality dishes; Edinburgh's only bolthole Mana Poké will create edible art with their healthy, protein-packed Hawaiian Poké Bowls; while Paddle and Peel will offer a menu of pretentious and pedestrian styles of pizza, all served from their wood-fired oven. 

The Edinburgh Food Festival couldn't return without welcoming back some festival favourites; multi-award-winning hand-crafted pies from Jarvis Pickle; North Berwick's Alanda's will be bringing their award-winning gelato and unique fish 'n' chip experience to Edinburgh; and Chick + Pea will be celebrating flavours from the Mediterranean and the Middle East from their iconic bright blue Citroën H Van. 

Visitors can tuck into dishes from these menus and more, plus fizz from Poco Prosecco, beer from Edinburgh's own Bellfield Brewery, and sangria from Moskito's Bacchus Mobile Bar to help wash it all down. 

In addition to food and drink to enjoy in the Gardens, we have also curated a selection of market stalls so that visitors can take their favourite tastes of Scotland to enjoy at home. 

Find out more about visiting the Food Festival

Local information

Welcome to Edinburgh

Scotland’s capital city is one of the most exciting places to be in the summer. After a year off in 2020, we're back celebrating the very best Scottish food and drink in George Square Gardens from 23 July – 01 August 2021. 

Getting here

By rail, road or air, Edinburgh is very accessible. For more details that are appropriate to your travel needs please see: 

Edinburgh Airport 


or plan your drive here


When you're here  

Once you’ve arrived in Edinburgh, you will want to get exploring. Lothian Buses will get you all over town, or you may want to take the Tram. Edinburgh is also a terrific city to explore by foot, as long as you don't mind the occasional hill or staircase! Edinburgh City Cabs and Uber also operate to whizz you around as required.



Nearest Parking/Drop Off – Buccleuch Place

Public Transport: Bus 300 to Leith, Bus 41 towards Marchmont, Bus 2 towards Haymarket. For more information on available routes, timetables and more information, please visit Lothian Buses

Accessible Box Office: The main Box Office is at the corner of George Square and although we do not have a low-level window at our Box Office, our Box Office attendants will be more than happy to assist you in purchasing tickets at our Box Office.

Step free access

George Square Gardens itself is our much loved outdoor venue which is built upon an artificial grass site which although level, may vary in height across the site. The surrounding area of George Square varies between cobbled streets and flat pavements.