Details of events due to take place during the second St Andrews Food and Drink Festival will be announced over the next two weeks, and they will feature a host of venues around the town and a very special dinner.
The festival will be held over each weekend in November, starting at the Fife Farmers’ Market in St Andrews on Saturday November 2 and coming to a head on the weekend of St Andrew’s Day at the end of the month.
The final food festival events, on St Andrew’s Day, will be followed by the switch on of the town’s festive lights, a parade led by a pipe band, and an outdoor ceilidh.
During the month there will be weekly tastings in the visitor information centre, demonstrations in the town hall at the end of the month, special menus in local hotels and restaurants, food related exhibitions, and the chance to sample wines, spirits and Fife-brewed beers.
Another Cambolicious Beer Festival is being held at Cambo Estate, and the hugely popular Balgove Larder will be holding a “farm food weekend” at the farm shop, café and butchery on the outskirts of the town.
There will also be a touch of history each weekend with Scotia Heritage performing the “Ale Wife” – depicting Scottish Brewing history – at several local venues.
The town’s two five star resorts, Fairmont St Andrews and the Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort and Spa, will be providing an early taste of festive cheer, with Fairmont running its “Christmas in November” event at the start of the month, and the Old Course Hotel’s Christmas Emporium taking place on the final weekend.
There will also be food and poetry events with Scotland’s poetry festival StAnza, a food related exhibition from the St Andrews Photographic Society, a haggis related book signing at J G Innes with Jo Macsween, and displays of recipe books in St Andrews Library.
Also in the programme will be Fife Cultural Trust’s “From Oven to Table” exhibition at the St Andrews Museum, and a series of Pilgrim Walks which will call in on some food-related businesses.
One of the major events will be the festival dinner, which is being held on November 29 at Fairmont St Andrews following a hugely successful inaugural event at the Old Course Hotel last year.
The dinner, featuring prime local and Scottish produce, will be a collaboration involving four members of the Fife Food Network’s “Food from Fife” initiative. The executive chefs from the Old Course, Fairmont, Rufflets and St Andrews Links will be joining forces to create and cook a fabulous menu. They will be supported by the hospitality team at Fife College, which is the home of the Scottish Junior Culinary Olympic Team.
The food festival organisers have also been working with local organisations to support several large-scale events for the weekend including St Andrew’s Day. These events, open and free to all, aim to partially fill the gap left by the demise of the St Andrews Festival.
Following the food festival events in St Andrews Town Hall on November 30 there will be a festive lights switch-on ceremony, organised by the St Andrews Partnership.
This will take place at the east end of Market Street, by the fountain. The festivities will start at 4pm and culminate in the lights switch-on at 5:30pm by the Provost of Fife, Jim Leishman.
At 6pm the quad will be the venue for an outdoor ceilidh organised jointly by St Andrews Community Council and the student-run Fellowship of St Andrews.