Four of Scotland’s top chefs marched into action today as they helped launch  the inaugural St Andrews Food and Drink Festival.

A collaboration between the Fife Food Network’s “Food from Fife” initiative and Visit St Andrews, the celebrations will run until December 2 alongside the already well established St Andrews Festival.

The wide ranging programme includes chef demonstrations, tastings, an extended farmers’ market with “pop-up restaurant”, food tours, brewery tours, a food related poetry event with StAnza, and special local menus.

Today Martin Hollis, executive chef at the Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort and Spa, David Kinnes, head chef at Rufflets Country House Hotel, Ian MacDonald, executive chef at St Andrews Links, and Alan Matthews, executive chef at Fairmont St Andrews, gathered with festival organisers at Balgove Larder on the outskirts of St Andrews.

The four are joining forces in a unique “masterclass” to produce the menu for the festival  dinner at the Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort and Spa. A special extra feature of the dinner will be a tutored tasting of Scotch Lamb led by Laurent Vernet, head of marketing, Quality Meat Scotland.

The festival was welcomed yesterday by Scotland’s Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead, who said that there is a huge amount to celebrate when it comes to Scotland’s Food and Drink.

“I’m sure the St Andrews Food and Drink Festival will give locals and visitors alike a real taste of our magnificent natural larder.

“With the event also encompassing St Andrews Day itself, I’m sure there will be a huge buzz in St Andrews throughout the festival and I hope it will quickly establish itself as an annual highlight,” he said.

Details of all the festival events can be found at www.foodfromfife.co.uk  or www.standrews.co.uk

Caption – Ian MacDonald, executive chef at St Andrews Links, Alan Matthews, executive chef at Fairmont St Andrews, David Kinnes, head chef at Rufflets Country House Hotel, and Martin Hollis, executive chef at the Old Course Hotel ready for action. Click on photo to see full image (pic by Ron Cathro)

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