NEWS : Edinburgh Film Festival has a focus on food

This year Edinburgh Film Festival are thrilled to present EIFF’s inaugural strand of special culinary screenings and events - CINECUISINE; bridging the gap between food and film, and celebrating gastronomic excellence while also looking at the history, provenance and traditions inherent in the food industry.


CineCuisine, will feature the documentary Chef’s Diaries: Scotland which follows world-famous Spanish chefs the Roca Brothers on their successful quest to find the best food that Scotland can offer for use in their Michelin starred restaurant El Celler de Can Roca.

The strand also includes a documentary about Scotland’s most famous national drink: The Amber Light unpicks whisky mythology, following the evolution of spirits from medicine to social lubricant and offers an offbeat, informative and amusing look at the amber nectar. Join sprits writer Dave Broom on his quest to discover all there is to know about his national drink, including its historical links to literature and music.

The development of Scottish food and drink will also be discussed in a fun, informal event called Food for Thought, a panel discussion chaired by Fiona Richmond, Head of Regional Food, Scotland Food & Drink, which will include an exciting tasting session of locally sourced Scottish produce and creative twists on classic recipes specially prepared by the world-renowned Edinburgh School of Food & Wine.   

Highlights are:

The Amber Light

A journey through the lesser-known parts of Scottish whisky culture speaking to innovators, thinkers and drinkers.  

Chef’s Diaries Scotland

World class Michelin-stared chefs the Roca brothers explore Scotland’s larder.

 Food for Thought

A special gastronomic event exploring the traditions, trends and future of Scottish food and drink, with a panel discussion featuring local food experts and policymakers, chaired by Fiona Richmond, Head of Regional Food, Scotland Food & Drink, looking at the development of Scottish cuisine, the breadth of Scottish produce, and new ways to enjoy Scotland’s larder and its sense of place.

The Edinburgh International Film Festival runs from the 19-30 June 2019 at various venues throughout the city.