The inaugural St Andrews Food and Drink Festival will swing into action this weekend and provide ten days of activity in and around the town.
A collaboration between the Fife Food Network’s “Food from Fife” initiative and Visit St Andrews, the celebrations will run alongside the already well – established St Andrews Festival.
The food and drink festival will include around forty events, celebrating Fife’s wonderful produce and natural larder and bringing together businesses providing places to eat, stay, shop and relax in St Andrews.
With food and drink becoming a major selling point for St Andrews, particularly during the quieter months, the initiative will form an important part of emerging plans for promoting the town to different segments of the UK visitor market throughout the year.
Food from Fife’s Viv Collie said that the festival will run from November 23-December 2, with the tempo steadily building over the ten days.
There will be chef demonstrations in the Supper Room at St Andrews Town Hall, tastings from local producers in the Visitor Information Centre, talks and tours at the Eden Brewery, and one off festival food offerings in the St Andrews Golf Hotel and the Best Western Scores Hotel.
Two programme highlights will be an innovative poetry and food event involving StAnza –Scotland’s International Poetry Festival, and a specially extended Fife Farmers’ Market with a “pop up restaurant”
There will also be a festival dinner at the Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort and Spa, with a unique masterclass of chefs from the resort, Fairmont St Andrews, Rufflets, and St Andrews Links working together to produce a stunning menu.
They will be assisted by staff and students from Adam Smith College, which has just been named as the host of the Scottish Junior Culinary team.
Other features include “food tours” provided in the town centre by students from the Fine Dining Society at the University of St Andrews, a special event at the Balgove Larder, and events involving wines, beers, whisky, cocktails and cheese and ice cream, scones and coffee all being run by St Andrews businesses.
A direct link to the current list of events can be found at http://bit.ly/QQLaKH