Edinburgh: Fringe Festival, Fantastic Food and Friends

After what seemed to be the longest 4 day work week imaginable. We caught the train from Birmingham to Edinburgh, which we booked on Train line. It was a 4.5 hour journey and we were thankful for our books. 

This is our second time in Edinburgh. Last time it was June and still cold as hell. It rained both times but wasn't too bad. 

Some beautiful scenery we passed on the train

Looking like it may be cloudy
We made it to Edinburgh, our train was slightly delayed. Our friend who lives in Edinburgh was waiting for us at the train station.
In August Edinburgh has a fringe festival with all sorts of different shows all over the city. It was busy with people who had travelled from all over to be there for Fringe.

We made our way to Henderson's, which is a vegetarian restaurant, in order to pick up the Vegan BBQ packs that we ordered.
We also met up with our other friend.
Henderson's has a nice style to it.

We decided to walk to the Meadows which is the park where the Henderson's organised Vegan BBQ was taking place.

We walked past Greyfriars Bobby which we remembered seeing back in 2011 when we were previously in Edinburgh.

We've made a short video of our trip:


There was lots of stuff going on everywhere like music, street performance, etc.
The Vegan BBQ event was a little antisocial in that everyone was spread out because we had to use the concrete BBQ pads for our disposable BBQs. We had fun hanging out with our friends in the Meadows with the looming threat of a storm.

We managed to get the BBQ started and we cooked our wheat meat.

It was not too bad. It was a little strange looking but it had a nice smoky flavour to it. In retrospect, we probably should have got some lettuce or something for the sandwiches as well.

The rain held off while we were BBQing thankfully.

We were having fun.
Our friend with the guitar (also known as @deadpanvegan/ @theveganengineer) had a show at a pub called the Southsider. It had a locals only, sky sports, football supporter vibe to it. The definition of a tough crowd for musical comedy. We wished him good luck as we were planning on checking out his later show instead.
We walked around a bit.

Then we met up with our friend's boyfriend and his friends and hung out in a beer garden/food festival area.
Edinburgh is a very unique looking city.
There wasn't a lot in the way of vegan food in the beer garden so we went searching.

We found some chips in this here building which was cool.

Afterwards we made our way to our friend's later musical comedy show "Thom Milner's Cup of Tea" which was hilarious. Then afterwards we all went to a pub up the street to see if we could catch another show. We ended up seeing "The Establishment" - They were alright, not the best show we have ever seen. Maybe you have to be British to appreciate the jokes. ;)

After the late night show, we headed to our friends house for the night. They were kind enough to allow us to stay with them for the weekend. This was very helpful, as it is super expensive to stay in Edinburgh during the festival.

We got back to their place, had a drink and caught up. We met our friend in Canada, while she was on a working visa 5 years ago. It's pretty awesome to make friends all over the world.

The next morning we made our way back into the city centre.


Glimpse of the castle
Oh, here it is.

We met Deadpan Vegan at Pumpkin Browns for some lunch.
We had a lovely salad and a dessert. Both are featured in our Youtube video: https://youtu.be/mgR5--08e2o

After lunch we parted ways and we headed towards Arthur's Seat in Holyrood Park.
Amen
We continued on our way, taking in everything


We found the park.


neat little castle like structure


We started to make our way up Arthur's Seat.

Which offered some stunning views of the city.

It was a long way down, so don't slip!


We couldn't figure out how to get to the very top of the hill. We circled and saw people climbing up the side. We were in jeans and not equipped to climb.

We started to make our way back down.


Look at that cliff
I think it looks better coming down, than it did going up.


Once we got to the bottom, we checked out the park.

We explored around the city, and then went to the areas where a lot of the free fringe shows were put on. We found a free show by "Danny O'brien", he is a comedian from Ireland. He was well good, and we recommend you see him, if you get a chance.
After the show we were quite tired from walking around and we were getting a little hungry. Our friend is a professional chef and told us that curry was in the process of being made! We headed back to their place.


We made it back, had an amazing dinner and relaxed for a little bit.
Delicious Curry
At about 9:30, we made our way back into the city to meet Deadpan Vegan and catch a late night comedy show. The show that started the free fringe "PBH's Free Fringe" - it was 2 hours, and for the most part the acts were pretty funny. They basically do a 15 min gig to advertise their own shows.

On our last day in Edinburgh we went for a nice walk in the park on our way to meet our friend 12yearsavegan.
We walked through Bruntsfield Links and then the Meadows.

We made our way to The Auld Hoose which has lots of vegan options.
The Auld Hoose is known for have huge plates of nachos. We got the regular sized nachos but there is also a massive size which is 4 times the size of these ones. Those ones will feed 5-6 people we are told.

After lunch we parted way with our friend 12yearsavegan and headed for the train station.

We took our final pictures in Edinburgh. The weather was great.

Then we got on the train back to Birmingham. Hopefully we will see you again Edinburgh.

Thanks for reading our post. If you would like to see more of Scotland please check out our post "Glasgow: The Return. This time we mean business!"

Comments

  1. Favorite sentence of this entire post: "We met Deadpan Vegan at Pumpkin Browns for some lunch." Just sounds like a hip thing to say.

    We're pretty carnivorous ourselves, but that pile of nachos looks spectacular!

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    1. Haha. It does sound hip. Those nachos were amazing. We've been back since to have them again!

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  2. That hike to Arthur's Seat look exciting! I would of gone straight to the top of the cliff though :)

    Elena | www.inspiredtoexplore.com

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  3. Wheat meat? Haha that is definitely a first for me. Haven't heard of it but I guess you have to get creative being Vegan! Very cool. I heard Edinburgh is an awesome place for NYE! but by the looks of it, it looks pretty awesome year round. I heard he festival scene there is pretty popular.

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    1. Yeah they have the festival every year. It is pretty cool. Honestly we aren't a fan of wheat meat, as we weren't fans of meat to begin with. Some people who are vegan though, went vegan for the animals, not because they didn't like the taste of meat. Making wheat meat a great substitute for them. :)

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  4. Wow, sounds like you guys were able to do a lot! The hike looked like a lot of fun and great views despite the clouds!
    I'd be interested in the prices of the restaurants - to have a comparison and know before I go... :)

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    1. All I remember is that the nacho's were £10!

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  5. First, I did not realize there would be so many vegan options in Edinburgh! Seems like they have quite a few vegan restaurants so that is nice for vegan travelers. Second, Arthur's Pass looks beautiful. I really would like to go there after seeing your pictures, but I definitely would want to climb to the top. A lot of great pictures you've posted here!

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    1. Thanks. We wish we had more time to climb Arthur's Seat but we wanted to catch another Fringe show. Definitely go to the top if you get a chance.

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  6. I remember Edinburgh to be an extremely pleasant city, luckily you had some sun at least on the last day. And it seems you enjoyed the vegan cuisine too, I'd be curious to try the curry, for example, I see nice mushrooms in it. I'm crazy for curry!

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    1. Yeah we really loved Edinburgh. The curry our friend made was great. He's a chef.

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  7. Haha vegan BBQ sounds like it could be interesting. I've never had wheat meat before. Also love the photos of your hike, looks very picturesque :)

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    1. Yeah the wheat meat is called Seitan sometimes. It looked a bit strange but the bacon looking ones were good. The hike was grand.

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  8. Haha 4 day work week sounds like heaven! I'm back on the grind for a little while and am dreaming of a day off. Arthurs seat looks beautiful and that food is making me so hungry just looking at it!

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    1. Haha, it's great! We hate working 5 days. (But we usually do) It was only this month he didn't.

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  9. It is the sign with the text "Not all those who wander are lost" that caught my attention. Just wandering around in a new city really is something I like to do. Feeling the atmosphere and enjoying all the new sights. Would love to wander around in Edinburgh one day. :)

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    1. It stuck out for us too. Our friend who was also there ended up whatapping us a photo of it too. Saying "Saw this and thought of you!"

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  10. It certainly looks like a fantastic outing guys, and you certainly had loads of fun. Btw I was all along eyeing that delicious looking Vegan BBQ burger! Was it as good to eat as it looked?

    Do you always have a 4 day week? Seems heavenly :)

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    1. It was pretty delicious! We don't always have a 4 day work week, we just did that month.

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  11. There are so many vegan options in Edinburgh. What exactly is a vegan BBQ made of? You do have lots of friends who are vegans. What is the story behind the dog?

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    1. It is made out of wheat. We attend social gatherings of other vegans to make friends. It is amazing. As for the dog, he stayed by his masters side and when the man died, the dog continued to stay by his side at the grave. Demonstrating the bond between man and dog.

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  12. Reading about fringe festival for the first time.
    And that nacho pile... OMG!!! 4 days a week is a good plan... ideal opportunity to holiday too.

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    1. It is a great festival. Although it is very busy. Those nachos were amazing.

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  13. We had visited Edinburgh for New year fest and Hogmanay festival was real fun. We had heard about Edinburgh hosting a number of festivals but it was only through this post we read about the Fringe festival. Fringe sounds exciting and interesting. And its amazing how to spot Vegan restaurant almost anywhere you guys go.. Awesome ;)

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    1. Edinburgh is amazing any time of year. The fringe was fun, but also very busy. We get hungry, have to keep an eye out. :P

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  14. Edinburgh is such a magical place. I'm obsessed with this kind old architecture :-) So fascinating! And a vegan BBQ is fantastic idea :-)

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    1. Edinburgh is amazing. :) We love it there.

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  15. Your trip to Edinburgh looks like a lot of fun. I have always wanted to get there but it is so far from where I live. You were lucky to have a sunny last day. A town always looks better when the sun is out. That portion of nachos is insane, can't believe there is one 4 times bigger, haha!

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    1. The sun really does make all the difference. Those nachos are amazing.

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  16. Vegna BBQ is not something that I'd ever imagined. And it seems to be a great setting for a BBQ. Scottland is surprising in more ways than one.

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    1. We had a great BBQ! Scotland is amazing! So much to offer.

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  17. Such a shame that the BBQ was a little anti-social but it looks like you had a great time any way. Edinburgh looks like such a charming city. What better time to visit than the Fringe Festival!

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    1. It all worked out in the end. Edinburgh is awesome. Definitely recommend it.

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