With a host of local flavours, tastings, children’s activities, the opportunity to meet the makers and the now famous, Sunday Lunch at the Harbour, the Crail Food Festival will open on Saturday 10th June across six venues across the picturesque village in the East Neuk of Fife.
On Saturday visitors can taste and try before they buy at the Indoor Food & Drink Market in the Crail Community Hall.
This is a wonderful opportunity to meet the faces behind some of Scotland’s best artisanal food and drink, including whisky and gin from Kingsbarns Distillery; chocolates from Charlotte Flowers and the Pittenweem Chocolate Company; bread from master bakers, Barnetts Bakery; delicacies and homegrown fruit from Balgove Larder and Ardoss Farm Shop; and much more.
Surrounded by houses typical of this pretty area of the Fife coast, street food will be also be on offer at the Crail’s Marketgate area.
Music, local craft beer and eating will be the order of the day with hot dishes like wood-fired pizza, gourmet toasties, savory wraps and traditional barbecued meats, chocolate and other local treats will be there too.
At the Crail Kirk Hall, family-run farm shop Ardross will co-host the Cookery Theatre with a schedule of local chefs and food producers revealing the secrets of great food and drink.
From hands-on cookery teacher Jenny Thomson and acclaimed chef Justin Maule on the Saturday to Michelin-starred Geoffrey Smeddle and ice cream maestro Owen Hazel from Jannettas Gelateria on the Sunday, the timetable offers an exciting line-up that’s sure to delight any visitors.
Well known restaurant chefs complete the lineup including Fife Food Ambassador, Christopher Trotter; Wullie Balfour from SRUC Elmwood; Stewart MacAulay from St Andrews favorite, The Adamson and Craig Millar from the 2 AA Rosette holder 16 West End in St Monans.
A full programme of tastings will also take place at Crail Legion Hall.
Sessions include trying local spirits with Kingsbarns Distillery; the opportunity to savour the flavours of World Gin Day with Luvians; cocktails prepared by The Adamson; honey and preserves sampling by Heather Hills; tasting seafood from Langoustine the Box and local cheese from the award-winning St Andrews Farmhouse Cheese Company.
For the duration of the festival, the seafront Marine Hotel is transformed into a space dedicated to children’s activities and comes complete with storytelling, face painting and a fun children’s ceilidh, offered by Forgans of St Andrews. This also gives parents to relax over tea and cake.
On the evening of Saturday 10th June, a Foot-Stompin’ Supper will take place at Crail Community Hall promising food, drink, music and fun. The event includes drinks on arrival, a tasting quiz with restaurant and food-related prizes and live fiddle and accordion music. This event is ticketed separately and costs £20 giving overnight visitors plenty to do.
On Sunday 11th, the venues come to life again and the Indoor Food & Drink Market is replaced by Sunday Lunch at the Harbour. In the picturesque harbour, festival goers can select their lunch from a series of street food vendors.
Award winning ice-cream from Jannettas Gelateria, hand-pressed apple juice, shellfish, venison, fish and chips and haddock smoked traditionally over a barrel will all be on offer. A new cookery space at the harbour will host demonstrations from the likes of local chef Christopher Trotter and new shellfish experts, Langoustine the Box
Crail Food Festival opens at 10.30am and costs £6 for an adult (entry for children is free). The day pass allows entry to all daytime venues and free parking. Visitors are advised to arrive early to avoid congestion.
• More information can be found at crailfoodfest.co.uk