Now in its fifth year, the Crail Food Festival is a celebration of all things local and delicious. The weather might have been poor but that didn’t stop us having a great day.
Since the weather was a little drizzly, we jumped on the shuttle bus from the car park to take us into the festival. It was actually only a short walk away but it did give us the added advantage of seeing where everything was so we could plan our route. The festival is laid out in several locations throughout the picturesque costal village.
We decided to head down to the harbour first. There wasn’t anything on down there on the Saturday but I wanted to head down for some pictures. However I’m so glad we did go as we passed a little stall selling freshly cooked lobsters for the bargain price of £11. With all the lobster pots lying around I was pretty sure I was in for a real treat.
And I was! It was so delicious and meaty. Perfect to enjoy while sitting beside the harbour, taking in the sea breeze, and the drizzly, Scottish weather!
Strolling back up through the quiet streets we happened upon the mother load – the chocolate larder. A showcase of some of the best local chocolatiers including some of my favourites, Ian Burnett as well as the Chocolate Tree, I used to be a regular to their little Bruntsfield cafe when I lived in Edinburgh.
Naturally we made our way round the samples before settling on a sea salt caramel chocolate brownie.
Apologies for all the extreme food porn in this post!
Also, I clearly couldn’t wait to tuck in before taking a picture!
There are also chef demonstrations on throughout the two days cost extra, but only £1. We had to go on the Saturday so unfortunately we didn’t get to see chef Jamie Scott, who won last year’s Masterchef the Professionals, and so we decided to give this a miss.
The buzz of this year was definitely the seaweed ice cream from Jannetta’s Gelateria in St Andrews. We enjoyed a little sample and surprisingly it was delicious. It also had lemon, green tea and chocolate flakes. To be honest the green tea flavour was so strong I don’t think I would have been able to get there was seaweed in it.
After the brownie we decided against a full sized portion but we couldn’t resist a Puddledub hog roast roll with sage and onion stuffing. Even the massive queue didn’t put us off!
Heading back to the car park we wandered into the Crail Community Hall to see and sample some more produce from local suppliers. Of course I had to stop and photograph the beautiful gardens on route.
Having already gone a little crazy at the chocolate stalls we mainly just looked and dined on the free tasters. I was so tempted by some of the amazing fresh waffles and pancakes but after the heavenly brownie I thought I better pass.
The Crail Food Festival takes place in the coastal village of Crail, just south of St Andrews, every year in June. Entry is £3 per person and £1 to park a vehicle, the car park is very accessible and has plenty of room. Entrance to the chefs’ demonstrations are extra.
Make a day of it by spending some time in St Andrews or enjoy a fish and chips by the sea from the famous fish bar in Anstruther.