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edinburgh restaurant festival 2015: preview

Edinburgh Restaurant Festival 2015 returns to the Scottish capital this month. Over 10 days of food-focused events expect tastings, demos, tours, movies and a host of special menus on offer at the city’s restaurants. Read on for our preview, plus tips of where to go and what to eat.

Nothing brings people together like food. And when your favourite restaurants are offering a three-course set menu for £15 per person for lunch or £25 per person for dinner, there’s no better excuse to get out there and socialise. From 8 to 18 October many of Edinburgh’s restaurants are doing just that, including Hadrian’s Brasserie at the Balmoral, Harvey Nichols Forth Floor Restaurant (look out, too, for their movie night complete with three course meal, themed cocktails and Chocolat screened in a private cinema), Restaurant Mark Greenaway, Rhubarb and Wedgwood. For a full list of participating businesses click here.

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Here are some of the other food-related events we’re looking forward to over the next 10 days

*The festival kicks off in style today (October 8, 2015) with a roll-call of culinary talent in the shape of The Chefs’ Table. This special dinner on 8 October sees three of the city’s best chefs creating a fine-dining menu celebrating Scotland’s fabulous larder. Kicking off with a crab cannelloni from Mark Greenaway, it follows on with Inverurie lamb from Craig Hart and a wild bramble cranachan by Paul Wedgwood. Taking place in the Hub, on the Royal Mile, tickets include both the dinner itself and the chance to meet the chefs.

*The Grassmarket Foodie Fun Day on Saturday 10 October has been designed with families in mind. Demonstrations, tastings and live entertainment range from Crepe Art (anyone want to bite the head off a Minions-shaped crepe?) to a make-your-own-pizza bar for children. Plus Eat Walk Edinburgh will be running local food-based walking tours.

*The festival comes to a close with the first ever Edinburgh Street Feastival. Taking place from Friday 16 to Sunday 18 October in St Andrew Square Garden this pop-up food market will be serving up eats for a fiver from local restaurants such as Rosehip as well as live music from local DJs.

For more information on the festival visit the website or follow @edinburgh #edrestaurantfest on Twitter.

Compiled by Rhiannon Batten

First published October 2015


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