Sue Hitchen

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Sue Hitchen is the director of Foodies Festival, an annual event celebrating all things food and drink. The festival launched in Edinburgh in 2006 and now pops up in 12 other sites around the UK, making it the country's largest food & drink festival. 

Each festival is a family friendly feast with plenty of things to see, do and eat for adults and kids.  

In our Local Hero interview, Sue tells us more about this tasty festival and which foodie gems she recommends in Edinburgh.

What was your motivation for starting Foodies Festival?

I wanted to launch a fun, family friendly food festival that highlighted wonderful Scottish food and gave visitors the opportunity to learn from top chefs and to cook their recipes at home.

What are your past festival highlights?

Introducing young children in their own Cookery Theatre to tastes of food from around the world and watching their astonishment when they identify their tastebuds by dying them purple.

What sets Edinburgh apart from the other UK locations you host Foodies in?

The Edinburgh event is the most fun festival as comedians, musicians and other festival acts take part in the Chefs Theatre with our top chefs and showcase on the live music stage.

What Scottish produce are you particularly fond of?

Rape seed oil which is delicious, healthy and local - grown on family farms across Scotland and the only cooking oil I use at home - you can't beat it to roast potatoes.

What do you think makes Edinburgh such a great place for eating and drinking?

Fine dining with Michelin star chefs, family start up restaurants cooking recipes passed down through generations and a recent growth in really interesting street food outlets - vietnamese buns, lobster and macaroni cheese are my favourites.

Where is your favourite place to eat out in Edinburgh? 

Field for its wonderful fine dining in a relaxed and cosy dining room, where you are always made very welcome by the owners.

Which one of Edinburgh’s foodie hidden gems that you would recommend to a new visitor? 

Paul Kitching 21212 which is fantastically inventive, combining flavours so creatively that your taste buds are buzzing with the many surprise elements.

When you hear the words ‘This Is Edinburgh’, the first thing that springs to mind is? 

An exciting calendar of events that brings people and attention to Edinburgh and allows people to try new things. 

What makes you particularly proud to come from/live/work in the city? 

The Festival is what makes Edinburgh for me - such energy, creativity and enthusiasm attracted to the city for that vital month. 

Foodies Festival is at Inverleith Park from 5 to 7 August 2022.