festival FOOD & DRINK


Dram & Smoke

FEED THE WORLD Louise Stoddart rounds up some of our favourite food-themed festival events of the month

N o longer are we forced to queue for a meagre handful of food vendors during August, only to be served a sloppy burger when we reach the front of the line. Now, there’s fierce competition between street food producers to get a space in the heart of the festival action and a great range of global cuisines to choose from. We’ve also seen an increasing number of pop-up food events, as well as comedy and theatre shows dedicated entirely to food and drink. Here are some events to look out for this year if you’re constantly thinking about your next meal.

while Philip Contini and his Be Happy Band perform some classic Italian love songs live on stage.

MOTHER’S RUIN: A CABARET ABOUT GIN Gilded Balloon at Rose Theatre, 5–27 Aug (not 14, 21). Previews 2–4 Aug An Australian theatrical cabaret in partnership with Four Pillars Gin and The Ginstress. A raucous journey through the history of gin, telling tales of New York speakeasies, the Australian Bush and Peruvian jungles. Guests receive a complimentary Four Pillars G&T to enjoy while watching the show. 


Quaker Meeting House, 4–31 Aug Edinburgh Food Studio’s Ben Reade and Ian Wilson of Susie’s Diner are serving simple and affordable vegetarian dishes from their pop-up at The Meeting House this August. Using foraged herbs, seasonal local vegetables and other organic ingredients, they’re offering veg bowls, soup, freshly baked cakes and coffee to thoses craving something healthy.

DRAM & SMOKE The Campfire Feasts, The Biscuit Factory, 4–27 Aug; The Campfire Cocktails ExperienceThe Biscuit Factory, 5–27 Aug Edinburgh natives Paul Ross and Nick Fulton return to the Fringe after a sold-out run last year. This time, they’re offering two unique dining experiences: the Campfire Feasts and the Campfire Cocktails Experience, working closely with Talisker to celebrate the famous Isle of Skye distillery. 

VIVA NAPOLI! DINNER AND SHOW Valvona & Crolla VinCaffe Ristorante, 13, 20, 27 Aug Enjoy a three course Neapolitan meal in Valvona and Crolla

New Waverley Arches, 8–28 Aug Edinburgh Beer Factory’s Paolozzi Lager are setting up camp in the Waverley Arches this August. To keep us hydrated, they’ve invited along Stockbridge’s Smith and Gertrude and the Cocktail Kitchen as well as food stalls from The Pitt. Paying homage to Eduardo Paolozzi’s many influences, there will be art displays to browse and they’ve got the Rag and Bone Barber Shop on hand to sort your hair out, too. 

TOASTED RADISH SUPPER CLUB The Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre, 12 Aug Popular Edinburgh supper club Toasted Radish pop up for one night during the Edinburgh Festival to celebrate the work of Sherlock Holmes creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Canapés are served before a three course meal, coffee and petit fours.

ETEAKET’S BREW-TASTIC SHOW Eteaket Rose Street, 3–27 Aug Eteaket aren’t giving too much away about their festival show, but expect tea facts, tea fiction, singing and a tour of the shop from Eteaket’s tea professor. 



Build your dream noodle box, with your choice of meat, veg and all of the extras you can eat at

Redbox. This cult favourite also offers snack boxes that pack a serious punch.


38 THE LIST FESTIVAL 3–10 Aug 2017