Edinburgh Food Festival will return. 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 event welcomed over 35,000 visitors in 2019.

The city's only free central Food Festival welcomes visitors of all ages to George Square Gardens, with stallholders offering everything from Alandas Gelato and Fish & Chips (East Lothian) to Jarvis Pickle pies (Berwickshire) and Chick & Pea street food (Edinburgh). Quenching thirsts throughout the five days are a selection of popular drinks brands, including Fyne Ales from Argyll.

With quality Scottish food at the heart of it, the festival is a fantastic introduction for visitors to see just a soupçon of what Scotland’s larder has to offer.


“Edinburgh Food Festival is a brilliant showcase of food and drink producers across Scotland. Each year it’s great to see new food trends showcased and the large variety on offer, the quality of food is fantastic and there is something for everyone. It’s also the perfect family friendly event in a handy city centre location.

We can’t wait to take part again this year with our selection of freshly caught Scottish seafood, old school fresh fish and chips and multi-award winning gelato. We look forward to welcoming more visitors than ever in 2019.”


— Alanda Black, Owner of East Lothian’s Alandas Scottish Seafood, and Alandas Fish & Chips, and Alandas Gelato

Local information

Welcome to Edinburgh

Scotland’s capital city is one of the most exciting places to be in August. After a pandemic enforced hiatus in 2020, we hope to be 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.

We'll share more accessibility information when we announce our plans for summer 2021.