Local brewers St Andrews Brewing Company have come up with a recipe for a limited edition Real Ale to celebrate this year’s Crail Food Festival, 15th-17th June. 300 bottles of the special ale, aptly named ‘Crail Ale’, will be produced as part of the second annual festival which celebratesFife local produce over 3 days with a lively seaside market, food demonstrations from professional chefs, taster sessions and top-notch evening entertainment.
Last year’s inaugural event attracted over 2,000 visitors to thevillageofCrailand generated an approximate visitor spend of more than £15,000. This year, organisers are hoping to beat their records with a packed programme including a berry-tastic bake-off between local cafes, live comedy entertainment and a musical supper with Sunday’s showcase market event atCrailHarbourincorporating a wider variety of producers and new collaborations drawing inspiration from the ‘multi-cultural’ theme for 2012.
Best enjoyed at the Crail Food Festival, the summer golden ale will be ‘full of citrus and floral flavours’ and served in tankards made by local family pottery, Crail Pottery which has been producing a variety of ceramics from their home workshop since 1965. Organisers of the Crail Food Festival are keen to encourage local businesses to collaborate after the success of last year which has brought about joint ventures between food and drink producers (such as Guid Cheese Shop who shared a stall with Your Piece and now stock their oatcakes), restaurants and accommodation providers.
TheCrailMuseumalso plans to host an exhibition about food in the 1950s to coincide with the festival and to run throughout the summer.
Crail Food Festival’s programme release date is 12th May 2012 when details of the three day event will be made public through press articles, web-site and social media along with a 10,000 leaflet drop throughout The Kingdom of Fife. An events programme stall and presentation will be held in conjunction with St Andrews Food Fair on 12th May at The Byre Theatre.
Led by event manager Graham Anderson of The Honeypot Guest House and Tearoom, this year’s Crail Food Festival is part of the St Andrews Year of Celebration – celebrating the town’s vibrant cultural and creative output under one united banner; St Andrews, Creative Place. St Andrews recently won a Creative Place Award in recognition of the town’s contribution to Scotland’s creative landscape.