The Power of Food Festival, a great celebration of community food growing, will be held in 29 gardens across Edinburgh on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 June. The full programme of free activities is now available here. Thanks to a number of wonderful partners, we are able to offer a wide range of free entertainment for children and adults, including: music and singing, edible plants walk, yoga, talks & stalls about the impact of our food choices, bioblitz, bug hunt, dance performance, food-inspired poetry-making workshop, drystone dyking course, as well as sharing in the pleasure of eating together.
Entry to the gardens and all Festival activities are free (food may be offered on a ‘pay as you feel’ basis), and all are welcome to attend.
We are delighted that Sustrans’ guided bike rides around the Festival return for the 3rd consecutive year! Rides are free, but places are limited and must be booked in advance. You can book here.
Our new partnership with the Ostara Café is enabling us to hold, for the first time, a Festival launch evening on Monday 12th June. This will involve a pay-as-you-feel meal and friendly conversation. Our launch evening couldn’t happen without the kind and generous input of The Real Junk Food Project, The Cyrenians and Edinburgh Living Landscape. Places are very limited, so book your seat now.
2017 marks the third edition of the Festival and showcases community food growing as a way to promote greater societal wellbeing and environmental sustainability. The Power of Food Festival provides a unique opportunity to (re)discover the city and take the pulse of its vibrant and varied neighbourhoods. We are thrilled to be releasing our new short film about the Festival, lovingly made by Sarah Fairbrothers; it offers a beautiful insight into what the Festival is all about. You can enjoy watching it here.
The detailed programme includes maps for different parts of the city to help visitors plan their weekend’s exploration, sustainable travel information, and a schedule of timed events. The full programme is available here.
Media enquiries can be emailed to the Festival team: firstname.lastname@example.org
The story of The Power of Food Festival itself is a simple one. With so many inspiring food gardens springing up around the city, transforming individual lives and communities, the Festival seeks to highlight community food growing as a powerful force for social change – connecting people, building trust, doing something together that’s greater than the sum of the parts. It aims to raise awareness of the environmental and social impact of our everyday food choices. It centres around a joyful garden gate open weekend and offer an exciting programme of free events and activities at local venues. Hosted by community food gardens, the Festival is the opportunity to be inspired by positive stories of collective action. Unlike traditional food festivals, this event gives the public the chance to go on location and experience how food is grown by local residents in their own neighbourhoods.
The Festival is entirely volunteer-run and operates without any grant funding. It seeks to harness the great human potential of our city and draws on people’s energy, enthusiasm and talents. The Power of Food Festival team would like to thank all those who are working hard to make the gardens and this Festival grow from strength to strength. It is a heart-warming sign of the community empowerment the Festival aims to celebrate.