Thu 16 Mar 17
One of Scotland's major food festivals makes a return for its seventh year 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.
Crail Food Festival opens on Saturday 10th June across six venues across the picturesque village in the East Neuk of Fife.
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 and delicacies and homegrown fruit from Balgove Larder and Ardoss Farm Shop and much more. The market runs on the Saturday only.
Surrounded by houses typical of this pretty area of the Fife coast, Marketgate Marquees will be placed down Crail's broad main street. Music and munching will be the order of the day with hot dishes like wood-fired pizza and fish tacos and gourmet toasties, ice-creams, chocolate and other local treats on offer accompanied by live music.
At the Crail Kirk Hall, family-run farm shop, Ardross will co-host the Cookery Theatre with a schedule of chefs and food producers revealing the secrets of great food and drink. From Michelin-starred chefs to hands-on cookery teacher and experts on local food heritage, the timetable offers a line-up that's both informative and entertaining.
A full programme of tastings will take place at Crail Legion Hall. With many visitors to Crail Food Festival citing the event as instrumental in their discovery of new favourite food and drink, this is a chance for everyone to try a wide variety of new flavours: from gin and jam to cheese and cocktails.
For the duration of the festival, the Marine Hotel at the heart of the village is transformed into a space dedicated to children. The Children's Tea Party comes complete with storytelling, puppetry and the opportunity for parents to relax over tea and cake.
On the evening of Saturday 10th June, an Evening Supper and Entertainment will take place at Crail Community Hall. The event promises to be a showcase of the best local produce with live entertainment. This is event is ticketed separately and costs £20.
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. Local ice-cream, hand-pressed apple juice, shellfish, venison, fish and chips and haddock smoked traditionally over a barrel will all be on offer.
Crail Food Festival opens at 10.30am and costs £5 for an adult (entry for children is free). The day pass allows entry to all daytime venues and free parking.
More information can be found at crailfoodfest.co.uk or follow @CrailFoodFest on Twitter or like the event on Facebook.