Apples and grains event will celebrate Fife producers including Daftmill and Naughton Cider

Fife-based drinks and producers will be celebrated at a new event taking place later this month.

Published 5th Feb 2024
Updated 5 th Feb 2024

On the 22 February, Balgove Larder will hold ‘Fife Apples & Grains’ an event to celebrate and explore three drink producers based in Fife.

The Cafe at the St. Andrews farm shop will welcome the makers from Naughton Cider Company, Daftmill Distillery and Tayport Distillery.

Fife apples and grains event
Picture: Balgove Larder

Will Docker, founder of Balgove Larder said: “There are some really exciting things bubbling up in the drinks scene here at the moment and these are three of the most innovative new generation brewers and distillers.

"We’re so lucky to have such talent on our doorstep. We have always focused on sourcing and celebrating local produce and these exceptional makers all hail from within 15 miles of Balgove Larder.

"To be able to bring this talent together and enable people to have a taste of these exciting drinks is a real privilege.”

Each producer will share their story and insight into their craft and process, including tasting notes with each pour.

Guests will be able to sample the range of drinks from the three producers and chat directly to them over grazing platters of charcuterie.

First up, will be renowned Fife-born, Champagne expert, Peter Crawford from Naughton Cider.

With two decades of experience in the world of Champagne, Peter brings his knowledge of the Méthode Champenoise to produce an elegant cider, made with apples from Fife orchards.

Next up, guests will hear from Francis Cuthbert of Daftmill Distillery. Known for their highly sought-after and limited release whisky, Daftmill works in harmony with the farm on which the distillery stands near Cupar, Fife.

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Fife apples and grains event

The whisky is only made during quieter times on the farm, using barley grown on the farm, and water from the well on site.

Rounding off the evening is Tayport Distillery, a multi-award-winning family business, dedicated to making spirits using local fruits and grains.

Mother and daughter, Kecia and Mary McDougall will showcase their malt barley vodka as well as their latest creation: Scots Pine Gin. This spirit draws inspiration from their location on the edge of Tentsmuir Forest.

At the end of the night, there will be an opportunity to purchase the drinks sampled, with only a limited stock of Daftmill's 11-year-old Summer 2010 Release alongside its 15-Year-Old Fife Strength, available in the form of a ballot for those interested.

Tickets to the event can be purchased online and are priced at £30 per person.

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The event will be held on the 22 February 2024 from 6pm to 8pm in the Cafe at Balgove Larder: Strathtyrum Farm, Strathtyrum, St Andrews KY16 9SF.

Founded in 2010, Balgove Larder has become a destination for locals and visitors alike, who are able to shop for artisanal Scottish food and drink from Fife and beyond.

This includes seasonal produce direct from their own farms and award-winning meat prepared by their team of traditionally skilled butchers.

By converting former farm buildings, Balgove Larder has developed The Farm Shop, The Steak Barn, The Butchery, The Garden Shed, The Homestore, The Café and the takeaway hut, Eat Out, at the Strathtyrum Estate site.

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Balgove Larder, St Andrews, UK
Balgove Larder, St Andrews, UK, KY16 9SF
Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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