Special tastings of Fife food are being offered in St Andrews this week for tourists and an influx of 800 of the world’s scholars.

Food from Fife has teamed up with the Visitor Information Centre in Market Street for the tastings, which began at the weekend with the co-ordinator of Fife Farmers’ Markets, Barbara Wardlaw, and Food from Fife’s Viv Collie.

The extra visitors have come from all over the world for the 2013 International Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL)

More than 200 papers will be presented during the conference, which will take place at venues across the town and is open to postgraduates, members of the public, and university staff.

One of the major conference sessions will take place on Wednesday in the university’s Parliament Hall, when delegates will be joined by Fergus Ewing, the Scottish Government’s Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism.

During the lunch period people from all over the world will be able to sample high quality Fife and Scottish food with Balgove Larder, and they will be given a sample of shortbread from Fisher and Donaldson. Both businesses are members of Food from Fife.

The daily tastings in the Visitor Information Centre, which are open to anyone, will be offered from 1pm-3.30pm, with details as follows:

Monday – Spencerfield Spirit Company, Country Garden Company

Tuesday – St Andrews Farmhouse Cheese Company

Wednesday – Fisher and Donaldson

Thursday – Mitchell’s Deli

Food from Fife’s Viv Collie said that large numbers of tourists, complemented by the conference delegates, provide an ideal opportunity for showcasing local food and businesses.

“We have a wonderful story to tell, and this is a great way of doing it. 

“In addition to tasting some local food and drink, visitors will also be able to pick up copies of the Fife Larder – The Guide to Fife’s Food and Drink, and its sister Fife Larder Food Map,” said Viv.

The main photograph shows Barbara Wardlaw from Fife Farmers’ Market in the Visitor Information Centre on Saturday


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