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June 6, 2018

Crail Food Festival Crail Food Festival will rock the East Neuk at the weekend.

Crail Food Festival returns for the eighth time this weekend.

The historic fishing village of Crail will be buzzing this weekend as the Crail Food Festival roars into life.

Running on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th June, the two-day event has a new format and a new festival hub.

The new look will see the introduction of three key venues. The pretty harbour, sponsored by SeafoodScotland, will come alive with a Seafood Spectacular.

This will include a variety of talks, cookery demonstrations, a chance to meet the local fishermen who land their catch at the harbour and, of course, plenty of seafood to taste.

The second key venue, just a few minutes away, will be the Cookery theatre, sponsored by QMS, at the Crail Community Hall.

The new and enhanced programme will include talks and demonstrations by local chefs. The pan-rattlers taking part this year include Michelin-starred Geoffrey Smeddle and Jamie Scott. Jamie won MasterChef the Professionals in 2014 and has since opened The Newport Restaurant.

The final venue is Beech Walk Park, which acts as a new festival hub and will host the popular Producers Market.

Crail Food Festival: Crail Creole Dinner

Crail Food Festival: langoustines galore.

With an array of marquees and bars, over 60 producers will give visitors the chance to sample the very best produce from Fife and beyond. Expect everything from craft beer and gin to St Andrews Farmhouse Cheese and rare breed pork.

Another first this year will be a programme especially for young people, run by Chefs@School.

These cookery classes are specifically designed for young foodies from the age of five upwards.  Running throughout the weekend, children will be invited to try out their culinary skills in 30 minute cookery workshops.

The Scottish Fisheries Museum will also be running educational activities for families. In addition, Fish for Health will be running a full programme of seafood-related activities and competitions at Crail harbour.

Saturday night will see a taste of Louisiana coming to the East Neuk in the form of the Crail Creole Dinner. Diners will tuck into Creole and Cajun dishes such as jambalaya and Cajun langoustines.

The menu has been devised by Dr Peggy Brunache. Peggy is a culinary consultant and food historian, and also the woman behind Perth's excellent Southern Fried Festival.

Crail Food Festival runs from 10am until 5pm each day, and costs £6 for an adult (entry for children is free). Tickets here.

The day pass allows entry to all daytime venues, free parking, and access to shuttle buses all day long between the venues.

Visitors are advised to arrive early to avoid congestion.

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