Santa may know his way around a sled and reindeer team but put him in front of a stove and he melts like a snowman who has been brought inside.
If you want your festive menu to go with a ‘Ho ho ho!’ then tuck into today’s Big Deal on two day tickets plus show guides for Edinburgh’s Foodies Festival Christmas.
Tasty winter wonderland
The offer is for two adult day tickets to the Foodies Festival Christmas at Edinburgh International Conference Centre on Morrison Street.
Option 1 is for two adult day tickets on Friday 13th November 2015.
Option 2 is for two adult day tickets on Sunday 15th November 2015.
Edinburgh’s International Conference Centre will be transformed into a spectacular culinary wonderland as Foodies Festival Christmas brings Scotland’s top chefs, award-winning artisan producers and international street food together under one roof.
Top chef demos
Acclaimed chefs from across Scotland will swap their aprons for Santa hats in the Aga Rangemaster Chefs’ Theatre, sharing their favourite recipes and top tips to help visitors create the perfect Christmas banquet.
Retro Recipes in the Chefs’ Theatre will transport festival-goers back in time to the 1960s when green piped potato, glacé cherries and multi-coloured cheese and jellies were all the rage.
Inspired by infamous TV chef Fanny Cradock, several chefs will recreate classic recipes such as the prawn cocktail, baked Alaska, sherry trifle, chicken Kiev, vol-au-vents and duck a l’orange in their own signature style.
The Artisan Christmas Market boasts over 150 of Scotland’s finest producers selling locally produced cheeses, chutneys, chocolates, sauces and jams, biscuits and crackers, cakes, puddings and more for visitors to sample and shop from – perfect for picking-up those little extras that make Christmas extra special.
A vegan area in the Christmas Market offers a range of delicious and healthy vegan, veggie and gluten-free treats.
Scottish Gin Theatre
Gin lovers will rejoice as Edinburgh gin producers, Daffy’s, Pickering’s and Edinburgh Gin, host daily Christmas gin cocktail master classes.
Wine experts Charles Metcalfe and Neil Philips are also on-hand helping visitors match wines with Christmas flavours in the Drinks Theatre
Beer expert Melissa Cole will be championing craft beers as an alternative to wine and Champagne in a series of master classes with local brewers.
Street Food Village
Other features of the festival include a Street Food Village where visitors can feast on flavours from around the world.
There will also be a Cake & Bake Theatre hosted by Scotland’s top bakers, chocolatiers and Great British Bake Off contestants.
Just like Christmas day there is lots of post-feasting fun to be had with live music, local choirs singing carols and entertainment throughout the day.
Visitors can enter the chilly-eating competition (the winter version of the famous chilli contest); register their team to compete in the Christmas Bumper Quiz and have a group Christmas jumper picture taken in the photo booth.
Under twelves go free
When accompanied by an adult, children aged twelve and under enjoy free entry to the Foodies Festival Christmas. It’s a great family day out that won’t break the bank.
While parents shop and enjoy a chilled glass of bubbly from the Champagne Ski Bar, children under twelve can enrol in the Elf Cookery School with Kiddy Cook.
Christmas? Wrap it up with today’s Big Deal from Foodies Festival Christmas.