Fife Diet - let’s do lunch one final time...

Mike Small from Fife Diet
Mike Small from Fife Diet

Special lunches to celebrate the work of an award-winning Burntisland-based food project are set to take place across Fife and beyond next month.

The Fife Diet, which became Europe’s largest local food movement, encouraged people to eat locally-sourced food and cut down on the carbon footprint of consumption. It is closing at the end of March after eight years.

And to mark the success of the scheme, a number of celebratory lunches are being held on March 8 in Kinghorn, Burntisland, Inverkeithing St Andrews, Falkland, Upper Largo, Glenrothes as well as events in Glasgow and Ayrshire. People are also being encouraged to hold their own events.

In Kinghorn there will be celebration meal to launch the new Fife Diet cookery book by Karen Small, co-founder of the Fife Diet, and in Burntisland a teddybear’s picnic for pre-school children and their families is being held. It will include a sponsored teddy hunt to raise money for the playgroup and lots of fun activities. The event is free but ticketed – tickets are available from the Toll Centre in advance.

Mike Small - who launched the project in 2007 encouraging locals to eat food sourced only from Fife for a year - has said there were a lot of reasons, ‘both personal and political’, for the project finally folding.

The project’s members took the decision at its AGM last February, backing the board’s proposal to go ahead with the move.

Mike said: “The Fife Diet grew by bringing people together to celebrate, cook and eat food together. As we close after eight years work, we’re doing that again. Lunches to celebrate the work of the project, and the wider local food movement in Scotland are happening across the region and across the country.

“The project is closing but our members will still be active being part of the change movement that is trying to create a better food system.

“There’s still room if people want to organise their own event - anything from a local lunch for friends to a bigger public event - or there’s dozens of events already organised which you can go along to.”

For more details about the events contact Mike Small on (01592) 871371.