Crail Food Festival organisers are gearing up for this year’s event in June - and they’re urging Fife food and drink producers to join them.
They are kicking off with a public presentation on Thursday when organisers will reveal some of their plans for the 2015 festival - Crail’s fifth - and give producers the opportunity to sign up to the event.
Already on the agenda is a special supper to launch the festival, a producers’ market, meet the producer workshops, children’s activities, harbour festival, cookery demonstrations and a host of other ingredients forming a recipe for food, drink and fun for all ages.
Several new elements will be introduced including the EAT Neuk initiative, which has an education and training theme encouraging youth participation, in a series of pop-up food outlets supported by industry-led work experience.
Graham Anderson, who runs the Honeypot Guest House & Tearoom in Crail, is looking after this year’s programme and he said: “The public presentation presents an opportunity to those operating within the food and drink sector to meet local business owners and residents and help us shape the festival content to the benefit of everyone.
“Attendees will be able to learn first hand about the opportunities for 2015 when we plan that trading capacity will be up by 20 per cent.”
The festival focuses on local producers and suppliers, giving visitors from far and wide a taste of the exciting and diverse produce of the East Neuk - from cheese to chillies and jam to gin.
Last year 5000 visitors flocked to Crail to celebrate local food and drink and was nominated for a Community Spirit Award at the Scottish Event Awards in October. More than half of the festival-goers came from outside Fife, many of them staying for up to a week in the area and generating extra income for the area.
This year’s festival will form part of Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink 2015.
The public presentation takes place in Crail Kirk Hall, Marketgate South at 7 pm on Thursday, January 8.