The World on a Plate

The World on a Plate

Created with author and food and drink entrepreneur Nikki Welch, the food strand at this year’s Festival has an irresistible series of events with internationally-renowned chefs who’ve written down their culinary secrets so that we can reproduce them at home; it also includes a range of afternoon teas and tastings. Alongside this vibrant celebration, authors discuss the challenges around production and distribution. Earth’s capacity to produce the food we enjoy is being undermined by our failure to protect biodiversity, according to a new UN study – an alarm bell we’d do well to listen to. Fortunately, it’s not too late to change and we’ve got authors offering their perspectives in conversations which, whilst serious, also rejoice in the incredible array of cuisines still available to us from around the globe.

Prue Leith

Top of the Food Chain

Saturday 10 August 15:15 - 16:15

If The Great British Bake Off is your first encounter with Prue Leith, you’ve missed a great deal. Founder of Leith’s School of Food and Wine, restaurateur, journalist, novelist and now TV judge – she is one of the nation’s most respected...

Afternoon Tea with Alissa Timoshkina

Beyond Vodka and Caviar

Sunday 11 August 15:30 - 16:45

Immerse yourself in the vibrant flavours of Russia with 2017 Young British Foodie nominee Alissa Timoshkina. Founder of London’s hugely popular KinoVino film supper club, Timoshkina brings together pre- and post-Revolution cuisine in Salt & Time, a...

Afternoon Tea with Caroline Eden

Tastes of the Black Sea

Monday 12 August 15:45 - 17:00

From Potemkin cocktails to Mark Twain’s Debauched Ice Cream, the recipes discovered by Edinburgh-based food journalist Caroline Eden on a coastal journey from Odessa to the Turkish port of Trabzon are remarkable and revealing. Black Sea is her...

Afternoon Tea with Joudie Kalla

Palestine on a Plate

Wednesday 14 August 15:45 - 17:00

Chef Joudie Kalla’s new book Baladi is more than a recipe collection – it’s a tribute to a homeland; an exploration of Palestinian culture through its overlooked cuisine. Kalla, a graduate of Leith’s School of Food and Wine, has long been...
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Afternoon Tea with Davy Żyw

Corking talk about champagne

Thursday 15 August 15:45 - 17:00

Davy Żyw began his wine career in Edinburgh before becoming a sommelier in Mayfair and is now a champagne and wine buyer for Berry Bros & Rudd. There’s no better man to deliver the definitive guide to champers and sparkling wine. Whether your tipple...

Jack Monroe

Hungry for Change

Friday 16 August 17:00 - 18:00

Good food should be affordable for everyone. Jack Monroe is an active anti-poverty campaigner and her recipe books – including Cooking on a Bootstrap and Tin Can Cook – are about making simple yet delicious recipes on a shoestring, based on her own...

Robyn Metcalfe

The future of food

Monday 19 August 14:15 - 15:15

Here to present her new book Food Routes, food historian and futurist Robyn Metcalfe explores a largely overlooked process of the global food system: how are edible goods moved from producer to consumer? She discusses the supply chain that is attempting...

Afternoon Tea with Ghillie Basan

Bringing it all back home

Monday 19 August 15:45 - 17:00

Globetrotting food writer and broadcaster, Ghillie Basan has scoured the Earth for flavours and recipe ideas. Now, she’s turning her attention to home with Spirit & Spice. She uses her knowledge of foreign cuisines to bring out the best in Scottish...
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Afternoon Tea with Gary Maclean

Recipes from Scotland’s National Chef

Tuesday 20 August 15:45 - 17:00

Since being crowned champion of Masterchef: The Professionals in 2016, Gary Maclean has become both a household name for foodies and Scotland’s first National Chef. His new book Kitchen Essentials celebrates simple yet superb home cooking, with...