The Power of Food Festival – 17th-18th June 2017
May 17, 2017
The summer solstice marks a special date in Edinburgh’s festival calendar. A time of growth and renewal, it has been chosen to showcase and celebrating the incredible richness of the city’s community food gardens.
The Power of Food Festival – now in its third year – is a free festival showcasing community food growing around Edinburgh & celebrates the amazing people who breathe life into neighbourhoods through their work in and around the gardens. During the space of a weekend, numerous community gardens that grow food in Edinburgh open their gates and offer fun and entertainment to the public.
This year, 29 gardens, including over a dozen that are new to the Festival, will be participating. The 2017 programme will invite visitors on a city-wide exploration. From the heart of the city centre all the way to the outer edges, the Festival demonstrates the tremendous diversity of Edinburgh’s food-growing community gardens and the fantastic people who keep them alive.
Many of these community food gardens are little gems hidden away in neighbourhoods seldom the focus of city-wide festivals and all have a unique story to share. This year’s programme will include a 17th century garden in the heart of the Old Town, an urban croft in Leith and an old farm steading in the Pentlands, as well as a food garden on the grounds of a GP practice, to name but a few.
Over the two days, the gardens will open their gates to the public and stage a range of free activities for all ages and interests, from music and storytelling, apple pressing and bioblitz, to food growing and food tasting. Through a partnership with Sustrans, guided bike tours of the gardens will also be offered.
See the Festival’s website for more information.