Everything you need to know about the Crail food festival

The popular food festival will return to the Fife village for its eighth year, and it is bigger than ever.

Published 17th May 2018
Updated 9 th Aug 2023

The Crail Food Festival will run on 9th and 10th June and this year plays host to a variety of local produce including a new seafood spectacular

The two-day packed programme has a new format and festival hub.

Now set over three key venues - the harbour, the cookery theatre and the Beech Walk Park - festival-goers can look forward to chefs’ workshops, live music, cookery demonstrations and hands-on activities.

Picture: Crail Food Festival, supplied

The pretty harbour, sponsored by SeafoodScotland, will come alive with a seafood spectacular event.

This venue will hold a variety of talks, cookery demonstrations, a chance to meet the local fishermen who land their catch at the harbour and, of course, plenty of seafood to taste.

The second key venue, just a few minutes away, will be the cookery theatre, sponsored by QMS, at the Crail Community Hall.

The new and enhanced programme will include talks and demonstrations by local chefs where visitors can be sure to pick up a few top tips from those in the know.

Chefs taking part this year include Michelin-starred Geoffrey Smeddle and Creole food expert Dr Peggy Brunacheand.

Next door, and only two minutes walk away from the car park, the final venue is Beech Walk Park, which acts as a new festival hub and will host the popular producers market.

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With an array of marquees and bars, over 60 producers will give visitors the chance to sample the very best produce from Fife and beyond, including everything from craft beer and gin to St Andrews Farmhouse Cheese and rare breed pork.

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Another first this year will be a programme especially for young people, run by Chefs@School.

These cookery classes are specifically designed for young foodies from the age of five upwards.

Running throughout the weekend, children will be invited to try out their culinary skills in 30 minute cookery workshops making dishes such as mackerel dip, tatziki, stuffed mushrooms and more.

Other activities for children include a kids corner located in Beech Walk Park, offer child-friendly events.

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The Scottish Fisheries Museum will also be running educational activities for families and, in addition, Fish for Health will be running a full programme of exciting seafood-related activities and competitions all weekend long at Crail harbour.

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With a well-stocked bar, live music, an array of street food and plenty of undercover seating to soak up the atmosphere, this year's festival is set to be the biggest and best yet.

Some of the highlights of Crail Food Festival programme include:

Chef demonstration Martin Hollis (Saturday 15.30-16.15 Crail Community Hall)

Martin is executive chef at the five star Old Course Hotel Golf Resort & Spa, St Andrews

Chef demonstration by Jamie Scott (Sunday 11.30 – 12.15 Crail Community Hall)

Jamie won MasterChef the Professionals in 2014 and has since opened The Newport Restaurant.

Chefs@School children’s cooking workshops (both days from 11am, 5 classes per day)

Marie-Clare James will take children on a foodie adventure creating a dish to take home and share with their family.

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Creole and Cajun flavours to tickle the tastebuds. The menu includes Cajun langoustines, Jambalaya and Janettas special ice cream and praline.

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Aadam Mohammed, festival manager said: “Crail Food Festival has evolved to have a new look and programme this year.

"With a greater array of producers, wonderful chefs, cookery demonstrations and a children’s kitchen, the festival will be a fabulous two-day event for all the family.

"We hope visitors will come and learn from the top chefs, enjoy the very best Scottish produce on offer and soak up the atmosphere in this picture postcard village.”

Crail Food Festival runs from 10.00am until 5.00pm each day, and costs £6 for an adult (entry for children is free).

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The day pass allows entry to all daytime venues, free parking, and access to shuttle buses all day long between the venues.

Visitors are advised to arrive early to avoid congestion.

Saturday evening’s event will be ticketed separately, doors opening at 7pm for a 7:30pm start.

More information and to purchase tickets, please visit the Crail Food Festival website.

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