A feast of food in the heart of Kirkcaldy

Society chef Darren Anderson serves up a festival dish
Society chef Darren Anderson serves up a festival dish

Kirkcaldy has a menu of mouth watering events lined up in celebration of its most famous son.

The first ever Adam Smith Food Festival will take place over two days on June 7 and 8 serving up a mouth watering array of cookery demonstrations, workshops and free tastings.

The event – compered by K107’s John Murray – is part of the wider Adam Smith Festival and has been organised by Kirkcaldy 4 All and will feature some of Fife’s finest chefs, including Eadie Manson, as well as Fife’s Food Ambassador, Chris Trotter.

Suzie Hall, co-ordinator for the Business Improvement District (BID) said she was impressed at the number of local businesses who have been keen to participate.

“Our whole aim is to get local restaurants and cafes involved. It’s about getting the BID members participating.

“For our first try, the response has been really good.”

KIRKCALDY;'TV Chef EADIE MANSON, from Kirkcaldy, who lectures at Adam Smith College.'photo; WALTER NEILSON

KIRKCALDY;'TV Chef EADIE MANSON, from Kirkcaldy, who lectures at Adam Smith College.'photo; WALTER NEILSON

Events will kick off with a special launch on the High Street at 10.00 a.m. on Saturday June 7 with a packed line up of events scheduled for the next two days.

“We’ll be having things like workshops for kids and food demonstrations. There will be lots of activity going on,” said Suzie.

“Some of the local restaurants and cafes taking part will have special Food Festival dish for the weekend.

“People will be able to sample the dishes on the High Street then they will be on offer to buy if they like what they’ve tried!”

Suzie said that the initial idea for the Food Festival was discussed last year.

“The whole event comes as Kirkcaldy 4 All being part of the Kirkcaldy’s Ambitions group.

“Part of that is to promote Adam Smith to improve tourism and interest in Kirkcaldy.

“There’s a book festival, asignature event with Tom Devine, and a series of events over that weekend to celebrate Adam Smith’s birthday on June 5. Our contribution is the food festival.

Suzie said that for a town of its size, Kirkcaldy has an impressive number of culinary delights to offer.

“Lots of towns have these sort of festivals because food has such a broad appeal,’’ she continued. ‘‘While we’re starting off quite organic, there’s huge potential for this to become an established event. That’s the aim - to get it as a regular event on the Kirkcaldy calendar.

Businesses taking part will be given their own banner with the Food Festival logo to place in their window, with another large banner being displayed across the High Street.

Keen bakers will also be able to get involved too in a Great Cake Bake competition!

Suzie added: “It’s good that so many restaurants and cafes have wanted to get involved because at the end of the day the BID remit is to get involved with its members and get the community and public involved and I think this Food Festival is a perfect example of how we can do that.”

For the full festival, programme visit www.kirkcaldy4all.co.uk.

With almost 30 businesses taking part, with some of the Kingdom’s finest chefs and bakers cooking up delicious dishes, the first Adam Smith Food Festival promises something for everyone

Events include:

The chance to savour the flavours of some of Fife’s finest quality produce

Trying a tipple from a selection of wines and ales

See food demonstrations by local award winning chefs, including TV chef Eadie Manson.

Learn about wild food foraging with the countryside ranger

Enter into the Great Cake Bake or Phenomenal Jams and Jellies competitions

Cheer on your favourite cook in the ‘Kirkcaldy Cook Off’

Take part in foodie workshops, including the kids’ ‘Customise a Cookie’ workshop

The festival will run from 10.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m. on Saturday June 7, then 11.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m. on Sunday