With the Edinburgh Restaurant Festival kicking off this month, we spoke to the team behind it at EdinEvents, who gave us the inside track on what it’s all about.
EN4NEWS: What is the Edinburgh Restaurant Festival and how long has it been happening?
EDINEVENTS: The Edinburgh Restaurant Festival is a celebration of the Scottish Capital’s dining scene, running from the 6th to the 16th of October. Now in its third year, Edinburgh diners are being encouraged to indulge in a world of culinary adventure in the Capital with an impressive 10 day programme of special restaurant events, exclusive menus and offers. The Festival is produced by Edin Events and this year, they are challenging diners to ‘try something new’, so that people will sample dishes they have never tried before.
The Festival has a total of 36 restaurants participating this year, from classic restaurants such as Harvey Nichols, Restaurant Mark Greenway and Hadrien’s Brasserie to new openings including seafood restaurant Cadiz, Argentinian restaurant CAU and teahouse favourite Cup Tea Lounge.
EN4N: Why was it started?
EE: With Edinburgh hosting more restaurants per head of the population than any other UK city, the Festival aims to celebrate the Capital’s wonderfully versatile restaurant scene and inspire people to visit and experience their own culinary journey.
EN4N: How would you describe the restaurant scene in Edinburgh?
EE: With the Capital currently enjoying a surge of new restaurant openings and maintaining the reputation as a leading restaurant destination within Britain, the Edinburgh dining scene is strongly renowned for its diverse range of dining locations. From fine dining to casual dining restaurants, there is a culinary experience for everyone within Edinburgh.
EN4N: Do you think it has helped to raise the profile of Scottish cuisine?
EE: The Festival aims to encourage people to actively experience the buzzing restaurant scene within the City Centre and West End and so far, we’ve already seen a rise in restaurant bookings since we launched and that’s before the Festival has even begun! As this year’s Festival theme is focused on ‘trying something new’, we are optimistic that people will try and enjoy different styles of cuisine.
To view all of the official participating restaurants, special events and offers, visit the Festival webpage at http://www.edinburghrestaurantfestival.com.