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2011
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The Guid Cheese Shop

If you’ve been keeping up to date with all the recent postings in the run up to the Crail Food Festival, you’ll know that Fife produce is world class. Over the course of last weekend, these producers showcased their products, and allowed us to see, sample and buy the sort of food that only Fife can produce. Another member of this community is Svetlana Redpath from The Guid Cheese Shop in St Andrews. Her range of locally sourced artisan products proudly adorn cheese boards across the Kingdom of Fife. With my mouth watering, Svetlana shared a few secrets with me about the art of sourcing...
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Aug
2011
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Arbroath Smokies

As we all know, Fife is rich in culinary offerings. From fresh fruit and vegetables, to organically reared livestock, the landscape is ripe with opportunity. This wealth extends to the Fife coast, where Iain.R.Spink, founder of Original Smokies from Arbroath Ltd, does his magic. I spoke to Iain about the success of his business and how he came to be involved in the Crail Food Festival. How long has Original Smokies from Arbroath Ltd been a fixture in the local community? The business has been established for eight years and during that time I have been a regular supporter and...
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Aug
2011
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Fife Farmers Market

With ever growing concerns about where our food comes from, having a reliable source where we can buy quality food and drink is essential. As people become more aware of the vast array of local produce they have on their doorstep, the greater opportunity there is for local businesses to thrive. A great way to showcase local produce is through the establishment of Farmers Markets. The frequency of these events have grown over the years, thus maintaining a loyal customer base. Barbara Wardlaw, Co-ordinator of the Fife Farmers Market took the time out of her busy schedule to talk to me about...
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Aug
2011
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A thoroughly modern approach to food

There’s no denying that modern technology has very firm roots in our society. As we have evolved over time, so has our machinery, with it becoming ever more sophisticated. With lines of communication now extended through the technologies we have at our fingertips, I spoke to Susan McNaughton, an enthusiastic advocate of social media. We chatted about her involvement in the Crail Food Festival, and how she has utilised her skills in this area to help them pilot this event. How did you become involved in the Crail Food Festival? My husband and I run a small accommodation business, Sandcastle Holidays, which owns Sandcastle...
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Aug
2011
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Trotters Independent Condiments

This time next week the streets of Crail will be awash with all things food related. Stalls will be going up, music will be playing and all the hard work that has gone into preparing for this festival will be on display. Come rain, hail or shine, the festival promises something for everyone, and with Fife’s finest food producers on hand, I can be certain about one thing, nobody will leave feeling hungry. Another contender to keep our tummy’s from rumbling, is Byam Trotter of Trotters Independent Condiments, who talked me through why he was looking forward to the first Crail Food Festival. What...
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Aug
2011
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The time for spice

There’s no denying it, our culinary horizons have broadened. With the streets of Scotland awash with international eateries, we’ve come a long way since the days when mince and tatties were the most exotic thing on offer. Nowadays, we take delight in offerings from further afield, with a tendency to use spice to curb those hunger pangs, so much so, that the humble curry is voted time and time again Britain’s favourite dish. It was this love for curry that encouraged Darren Mollan to set up Chilli Papas, a company that takes all the hard work out of making curry,...
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