Power of Food Festival – 17th-18th June

This is a fantastic two-day festival that allows people the chance to visit different food-growing gardens in and around Edinburgh – with almost 30 gardens throwing open their doors this year – there’s bound to be something for everyone.

I can’t recommend the Lost Garden of Penicuik enough if you fancy a wee trip out of town. I had a tour there recently and it’s a wonderful place with an interesting history and some innovative ways of managing their land to grow food.

For more information, see below…

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 celebrate the incredible richness of the city’s community food gardens. What started as an experiment in 2015 is now growing into its third edition on 17th-18th June 2017.

29 gardens, including over a dozen that are new to the Festival, are gearing up for a joyful weekend of fun and inspiration, hopefully in the sun!

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!

The Power of Food Festival has a partnership with Sustrans which will offer guided bike tours of the gardens.

The Festival’s full programme will be available in May.


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.

If you haven’t already, you too can play an active part in the Festival. We welcome offers of in-kind help, partnership and sponsorships. Or you can simply give us your support:

For more information, please get in touch with the Festival team:  poweroffoodfestival [@] outlook.com