Thursday, 23 July 2015

Foodies Festival Flashback + Ticket Giveaway

Sometimes life swings past so swiftly, even when most of mine is spent delving into the past with Fanny Cradock! The Edinburgh year is punctuated with many sensational events, but it is always August that either fills Edinburgers hearts with joy, or dread... It's festival time! Personally, I love it, the whole city is full - full of people, full of fun, full of excitement and full of festivals! Depending on your viewpoint too, Edinburgh can be full of Fannys.

Fanny Cradock Foodies Festival

Celebrating it's 10th year as part of the Fanny-less fun is Foodies Festival. Last year I chatted to a few celebrity chefs who were appearing in the demo tent, asking them about food, festivals and Fanny! Poor them, I don't think it was their usual kind of interview... Three of my favourites are set to make a welcome return this year, and I am excited to see what they are up to for 2015!

Fanny Cradock Foodies Festival

Adam Handling made his debut last year, and chose to wear his 'lucky pants' instead of a Fanny-inspired ballgown. They seemed to work - he was a hit with the crowd. His motto is 'smile or get out of the kitchen' but Adam himself admitted to being a little nervous about his appearance... Surely not this year though as 'Team Adam' returns?

Fanny Cradock Foodies Festival

Mark Greenaway claimed to be way too modern to remember Fanny, but he captured some of her cheeky spirit by having a laugh with the audience while he cooked. Interaction was a key feature of Fannys performances too, but Mark reckoned that he wouldn't look as good in a ballgown. I think we need to start a campaign to bring the ballgown back to food demonstrations? Or just to life in general.

Fanny Cradock Foodies Festival

Edinburgh's very own incredible Spice Man, Tony Singh, was a natural highlight of Foodies last year, with his inventive dishes that could be easily recreated at home. Tony told me he was more influenced by the late great Marguerite Patten than Fanny, but brought some of Fannys flair and colour to wow the audiences. This year Tony has stripped down for a pop-up restaurant 'Road Trip' at the Apex Hotel in the Grassmarket during August. It's the food that's stripped down, not Tony but there still will be lots of spicy fun to be had! Stripping and spice, but still no ballgowns. Sigh.

Fanny Cradock Foodies Festival

If you fancy joining Adam, Mark and an impressive list of others at Foodies between 7th and 9th August then what better way than to win some of the free tickets I have to giveaway? Just leave a blog comment saying what your preferred day would be, complete the Rafflecopter thingy-me-jig below, which will select winners at random after the closing date of 27th July 2015 and keep your fingers crossed! Previous entires from last weeks post will be collated with these. If you are the less optimistic type you can buy tickets instead direct from the Foodies Festival. If you win, you don't *have* to speak me at the Festival, but I will be there enjoying it all again - watch out for more Fanny Foodies Fun blogs in coming weeks,  and maybe some ballgowns...

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I am delighted to be an Official Foodies Festival Blogger. Prizes are offered by Lanyard Media representing Foodies and will be sent directly from them to you if you win. See you at the Festival!

Tickets are on sale now at or by calling 0844 995 1111

Friday adult day ticket £10.00 (£8.00 concession)
Saturday or Sunday adult day ticket £13.00 (£11.00 concession)
3-day adult ticket £20.00 (£16.00 concession)

Friday VIP ticket £35.00
Saturday or Sunday VIP ticket £38.00
VIP tickets include a welcome glass of bubbly, access to the VIP tent with private bar and refreshments throughout the day, priority entry to food and drink masterclasses, a goody bag and a showguide.
All children aged 12 and under go free to all Foodies Festivals when accompanied by an adult.
Open times:
Friday 7th August: 11am – 7pm
Saturday 8th August: 10am – 8pm
Sunday 9th August: 10am – 7pm


  1. I would love to attend on the Friday and I would remember and say hello !

    1. Well fingers crossed for you! Thanks for entering, hope we get to say hello!

  2. I would love to attend on Saturday :-)

  3. We had a great time at this last year. Although I think we did sample more alcohol than food. Sadly we're going to miss it this year :(

    1. Aw that's a shame to miss it, I'll eat and drink twice as much in compensation!