Feast for the senses as Fifers flock to food fair

The packed harbour at Crail
The packed harbour at Crail

THOUSANDS of people flocked to the East Neuk to soak up the atmosphere at Crail Food Festival and sample the best of Fife fayre.

Kicking off the festival was an indoor food market in the Community Hall, where there was standing room only when 30 local producers served up their specialities at stalls and cookery demonstrations.

In the evening, the hall was the venue for a night of food and music, provided by King Creosote, Black Cat Jook Band and Sea Tangle, for 100 people.

On Sunday, the festival moved down to the harbour and the sunshine was an added bonus that allowed locals and visitors alike to enjoy the sun and even more food-based activities, from children’s pizza-making sessions and foraging on the seashore for raw ingredients to a rolling programme of cooking 
demonstrations and deli and seafood stalls.

It was estimated that around 4000 people attended over the two days.

For event manager Graham Anderson, who came up with idea for the festival, the success of the weekend underlined the bounty of produce from Fife and the talent 
of local producers and 

However, one downside of that success was the volume of additional traffic generated and there has been some criticism of parking problems blocking the main road and causing vehicles to reroute through other streets.

“Crail is already a popular weekend destination and we were in discussions with the police beforehand about the potential for issues with additional traffic,” said Graham.

He understood if this had caused a problem for some residents but, overall, he said he had been overwhelmed by the support that local people had shown for the festival.

Having driven the 
festival forward for the last 
six months, Graham is now looking forward to catching his breath and getting back to his ‘day job’ of running the Honey Pot guesthouse and tearoom with partner Edna Napier.