Appetite and The Edinburgh International Festival

Appetite and The Edinburgh International Festival

Appetite Events have worked with the Edinburgh International Festival since 2004 providing catering for a range of events in an informal capacity. The team at Appetite Events are not only passionate about food and service but are also huge supporter of the Arts and Edinburgh’s Festivals. In 2014 the relationship was formalised with Appetite Events becoming a sponsor and Official Catering Partner. In 2016 the relationship was cemented with a major three year agreement which allowed us to develop the value of the partnership.


It was a huge honour to be given the opportunity to align our brand with such an iconic and prestigious organisation as The Edinburgh International Festival. As an Edinburgh based independent company in 2014 the relationship has given us a huge amount of exposure and has allowed us to work with a diverse range of clients from sponsors to orchestras and performers to embassies. We have been lucky enough to experience some of the best productions and performances on the planet and entertain some of our key partners at these events.

" This is now the 5th year that I have worked with Appetite on events for the International Festival and they continually deliver excellent service and quality.  I know that even when timescales are tight and last-minute changes are made, they are flexible and accommodating.  Our guest thoroughly enjoy the high standard and quality of food and the friendly staff who work on the functions.  The diverse range of menus provide lots of flexibility for catering events which works well for us given the different venues and times of day we host events. "

Claire - Edinburgh International Festival 


For the Festival this year, as the sole catering partner, we put on a grand total of 26 Events and Buffet Deliveries over 24 days! Serving each unique client, from artists and performers to sponsors, and with this diverse audience, we create different options to suit each client and occasion. Our catering options vary everything between bespoke buffets to small bowl foods and canapes designed to be tasty, dishes that fit in the palm of your hand- perfect networking and celebrations during the hectic festival season. 


An example of some of our bespoke bowl food options created for this years International Festival Events this year are as follows…

Marinated Rare Beef Flank Steak, Vermicelli Noodles, Chilli Jam and Toasted Sesame Seeds

Crayfish and Mango Salad with Coriander Dressing, Pea Shoots, Mange Tout, Slow Roast Cherry Tomatoes.

Roast Pumpkin, Sage and Parmesan Gnocchi, Parmesan Tuille & Courgette Puree.


This partnership has also allowed us to develop our relationships with other organisations such as Castlebrae Community High. In 2015, The International Festival began a three-year partnership with Castlebrae Community High School, supported by the City of Edinburgh Council, which focused on a residency programme at the school. The proposal of a three-year-long residency was both innovative and ground-breaking in the context of arts engagement with schools, in both Edinburgh and in Scotland. Part of the aim of the project was to create a work experience scheme to be introduced across a number of departments in the International Festival. Appetite Events worked with some of the students to develop skills in catering the culmination of which was working with the students to design and produce a menu for the 700 guests at the 2017 press launch. This relationship continues today as part of our desire to develop the skills of our young workforce.


If you would like to see more of the fantastic work that The Edinburgh International Festival do, please see their website www.EIF.co.uk 
Or for more detail on our Canape and Small Bowl catering options for your own event please contact  enquiries@appetiteevents.co.uk and one of our team can help to create a bespoke menu for your next event.