Bowhouse, St Monans, Anstruther, Fife, KY10 2DB
Meet the producers: learn about their food and their stories;
Bowhouse is a place for food; a vital link in the food supply chain from field to fork. Located in St Monans in the East Neuk of Fife, it offers a collection of makers’ units and a destination for producers and consumers interested in the best Scottish food and produce. The first Bowhouse Food Weekend, in partnership with Fife Farmers’ Market and supported by Food From Fife, will be held on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 July 2017 between 10am and 4pm
In the Bowhouse covered market barn, food and drink producers from Fife and beyond will showcase their produce for sale to the public. It is an ideal opportunity to meet the producers, learn about their produce and taste it.
For food producers, the East Neuk of Fife is home to some of the very best raw ingredients: malting barley, finished beef and lamb, wheat and oilseed rape, potatoes, broccoli and soft fruits, wild roe deer and other game, all from the land. Its coastline and waters also yield prawns, calamari, lobster, crab and a wealth of other seafood. Tourism to Fife’s coastline and golf courses has long overtaken farming and fishing in the East Neuk. This ebb and flow of hungry and food-curious visitors offers an opportunity to local producers to recruit new customers and these relationships can then be retained year-round through internet sales.
As Scotland’s weather can play havoc with outdoor events no matter the season, Bowhouse’s covered market space allows makers’ markets and other events to be planned regardless of wind and rain, while also encouraging visitors to become regular customers too. With most of Scotland’s population living within two hours of the East Neuk, Bowhouse markets will attract customers from Edinburgh, Glasgow and beyond, keen to build a day here around sourcing food and meeting farmers, food producers and local farm shops who retail some of the best Scottish produce
“Bowhouse Food Weekend is a fantastic opportunity to meet with producers and talk with them about their produce. In times when food provenance isn’t always clear it is so important to be able to meet producers in person, see where and how their produce is grown and made. Bowhouse is a celebration of Scotland’s wonderful larder.” Toby Anstruther, founder of Food from Fife.