Launching the programme of events for The Power of Food Festival in 2018!

On 16-17th June, The Power of Food Festival will return to Edinburgh for two days of celebration of community food growing.

The full programme of free activities on offer in 23 community gardens is now available!

To view the full programme online (on isuuu), click anywhere on the image below. (You can also download the pdf here if you prefer printing it.)

Printed copies of the programme outline are available in venues all around town, keep an eye out for them!

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This year again, visitors to The Power of Food Festival will enjoy free entertainment for children and adults alike, in venues scattered around the city and beyond. Activities on offer include music and singing, guided walks, talks, and tours, yoga, bioblitz, bug hunt, games and crafts, and of course, food and drinks to enjoy together: from a menu reflecting the cultural diversity of the community, to home-grown herbal teas.

Entry to the gardens and all Festival activities are free (food may invite a donation), and all are welcome to attend.


Start planning your visit to the Festival and keep an eye on the Festival’s facebook event for updates and important announcements.

We can’t wait to see many of you in various community gardens over the Power of Food Festival weekend!


Discover the line-up for this year’s Festival!

This June, 23 community gardens across Edinburgh will open their gate to the public for a weekend of fun and celebration!

We are delighted to announce that the 23 community food gardens listed below will take part in the 4th edition of The Power of Food Festival on 16-17 June 2018. Together, we will celebrate the wealth and diversity of community spirit which is cultivated and shared by hundreds of volunteers and community workers in food growing initiatives all across the city. Continue reading “Discover the line-up for this year’s Festival!”

Let’s make the 4th Festival a success for all!

The Power of Food Festival is now in its fourth year. Over the past few years, we have learned many lessons about what contributes to a seamless, successful Festival event. In this blog we share our learnings and a few extra tips, which we hope will be helpful for everyone wanting to take part in June 2018. Continue reading “Let’s make the 4th Festival a success for all!”

The Power of Food Festival will be back in 2018!

We are delighted to announce that the fourth edition of The Power of Food Festival will be on 16 – 17 June 2018.

Registration is now open for community food gardens and external contributors wanting to take part.

The Festival is a weekend event when community food gardens in and around Edinburgh throw their gates open and invite the general public to come and explore, hear their stories, be inspired and entertained. Since the launch in 2015, 40 gardens have participated in the Festival.

The Power of Food Festival has been created to:

  • celebrate​ ​and​ ​showcase​ inclusive community food growing
  • inspire​ the public to grow food
  • and raise​ ​awareness​ about the environmental and social implications of what we choose to eat.

By doing so, it seeks to encourage greater societal wellbeing, environmental sustainability and social justice.

Don’t wait for June, get inspired now: read our 2017 report and watch videos on our Vimeo channel.

Take part in 2018!

Registration is now open forcommunity gardens and ‘external contributors‘, i.e. anyone interested in providing free activities, entertainment or food in a garden. You will find all you need about participating in The Power of Food Festival here.

New power of food podcast series

We are very excited to launch a new podcast series on the power of food. First up is Ewan Aitken, CEO of the Cyrenians, who kindly took the time to share with us his perspective on the power of food and on the synergies between the Festival and the Cyrenians’ work. You can hear him here.

Want to join the team?

Do you want to see the Festival grow from strength to strength? You have bags of energy and can commit a few hours a week to make this an ongoing success? The 2018 team would warmly welcome more hands on deck, particularly for coordination support and social media. With no paid staff and no grant funding, the Festival runs on the passion, creativity and generosity of those who make it happen. If you think this might be something for you, get in touch!

Join our movement as a member of The Power of Food Festival. Membership costs £1 a year. By becoming a member, you are joining and supporting a social and environmental movement that is working towards a better world. You are also telling us that you also want for the Festival to continue showcasing and celebrating community food growing into the future, and you help us do so!


We’re recruiting!

Have you been inspired by The Power of Food Festival? Step up and be at the heart of the action for the 2018 edition! We’re recruiting for a few positions within the entirely volunteer-led Festival coordinating team.

Are you queen or king of planning and organising? A lover of words? A social media wizard? Or would love to hunt down community food growing gems around the city?

Do you have bags of energy, a fair amount of time, and the desire to commit to making the Festival a continuing success?

If so, we want to hear from you!

The Power of Food Festival celebrates community food growing and local change-makers all around Edinburgh. With no paid staff and no grant funding, it runs on the passion, creativity and generosity of those who make it happen. It takes place in mid-June in participating community gardens across the city. The planning starts now!

If you think you have what it takes and want to know more, get in touch here.

For more information about the Festival, have a good look around our website. You can read our 2017 report, see our media coverage, and watch our videos.


2017 Festival report published

The 2017 Power of Food Festival has been and gone, but summer is still in full swing and community gardeners are busy enjoying the fruit of their year-long labour.

We have had an excellent response to our feedback survey and have pulled together a colourful report to capture this year’s great celebration and to share our thoughts on how to make the Festival a continuing success.

Whatever your involvement and interest in The Power of Food Festival, we very much hope you enjoy the read. We feel the report tells a fabulous story of how we can work together and make the whole greater than the sum of the parts. Have a read and don’t hesitate to give us your thoughts.

You can access the 2017 Festival Report here.

And if you are not yet Festival member, now is the time to do it! It’s only £1/year, but it is priceless as a demonstration of your support and desire to see the Festival continue. Click here.

Thank you!


Thank You!

We wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who has helped us make the 2017 Power of Food Festival such a success. From the amazing community gardens who opened their gates, to the volunteers who contributed their time to sing, cook, bike, run workshops and classes, to the many who helped us promote the event, and finally to everyone who visited a community garden during the weekend.

You’re amazing.

From the four corners of the city people came together to celebrate and you really did create a magical weekend. There was so much joy, laughter and fun – stories shared and new friends made.

There are plenty of photos up on our Facebook and Twitter. Please do share your photos and stories with us too!

We’d also really appreciate your feedback. Organising the Festival is a huge undertaking and we want to understand how we can make it the best it can possibly be.

PLEASE COMPLETE OUR SHORT SURVEY NOW and let us know how the Festival was for you.

Also, if you enjoyed the weekend and would like us to continue please do consider becoming a member. Membership is £1 per year. By becoming a member, you are joining and supporting a social and environmental movement that is working towards a better world. You are also telling us that you also want for the Festival to continue showcasing and celebrating community food growing into the future, and you help us do so!

Our members give us invaluable financial and moral support. Every £ counts very much as the Festival is entirely volunteer-run and does not receive any grant funding. But it’s about much more than that, really. The main reason why it is important for us to have a strong membership base, is that it shows us that many people care about this cause and that all our efforts are valued.

It’s here!

The weather is looking promising and we can’t wait to celebrate! This weekend, 29 gardens across Edinburgh are opening their gates and inviting you to discover and share their beautiful spaces. Visit one or many! The Festival is entirely free.

  • Plan your visit – Download our Events Programme & check out the app to plan your day
  • Get on your bike! Sustrans are running guided bike rides on Saturday – there is still time to book your free spot to join them for a great day out
  • Share – we’d love to hear your stories & see photos of the Festival please connect with us on Facebook or Twitter. Don’t forget to use #PoFFest17 to help other people see what’s going on across the city.

Community gardens are a vital part of our urban landscape and come in many different shapes and sizes. The one thing they all have in common is that they bring people together around a meaningful concept of growing food together, sometimes on the most unlikely piece of land.
We look forward to celebrating with you tomorrow!

Festival Launch Night!

On Monday night this week we were delighted to be able to host a Festival kick off dinner at Ostara Cafe. The wonderful Real Junk Food Project Edinburgh cooked up a storm – feeding 30 from food which would have been on its way to landfill had it not been diverted by the Real Junk Food Project.

During the course of the evening we heard from several speakers. Donna from TRJFP not only gave us the run down on an amazing menu (to delighted oooh’s & aaaahs!) but also shared little about the work their amazing volunteers do to raise awareness of the issue of food waste, help people to eat and cook better and instigate change towards a more sustainable, efficient and just food system.

David, Chef-proprieter of Ostara  reflected on his research into community food growing research. In particular he shared three moving stories of people he had met in community gardens to illustrate the key importance of the gardens to community, in knowledge exchange and the importance of using land for the common good.

Ewan Aitken of the Cyrenians, shared his thoughts on how good food has less to do with nutrition and everything to do with connection. He shared some inspiring stories about the work Cyrenians is doing to reconnect people through food. You can read more from him on the evening on his CEO blog.

Food is universal & concerns us all: we all have to eat to live. It can often be found at the intersection of many complex global issues and we were honoured to be able to open the 2017 Festival Programme with a joyful shared dinner to discuss some of the challenges and opportunities with old friends & new.

We are really looking forward to celebrating with everyone across the city on 17th & 18th June. Check out our programme to plan your visit and don’t forget to keep in touch by facebook, twitter or by joining our mailing list.

See you soon!

We’re on STV!

The wonderful Mel Hindle made a great film about the Festival featuring Granton Community Orchard Garden, Edinburgh Community Gardeners & Cyrenians. If you missed us on #LiveAtFive on STV2 this week, you can catch up on STVplayer and hear about The Power of Food Festival coming to 29 community food gardens across #Edinburgh on 17-18 June 2017.

Watch it on our vimeo channel:

or on STV catch up (25m30s):