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January 25, 2013

Yesterday, we launched our search for a group of enthusiastic food bloggers and writers who would be willing to contribute an article to the Crail Food Festival website.  The response has been fabulous, and we’re delighted to have secured our eager team so quickly.  If you missed out and want to be involved, get in touch soon! (Comment on the blog post or email our Social Media Manager: susan [at] 2crail.com).

Now that we have a team of writers lined up, we need to pair them up with the people who will be producing and selling their wares at the Crail Food Festival 2013.  We’d like to have a mix of articles – recipes, features, tastings, interviews.  Our bloggers and writers are ready for a challenge!

We’re still finalising details of all of our participants for this year, and if you do want to be part of our community food festival where we aim to showcase the abundant Fife larder, then please make sure you sign up by emailing our Festival Manager Graham Anderson: info [at] www.crailfoodfest.co.uk as soon as possible to secure your place.

Daily bread
Bread baked by Murray Barnett, artisan baker

What is the blogging project and how can I be featured?

A blog is an on-line way of publishing articles and information.  Writers are usually enthusiasts in their field and want to share their discoveries and views with others of similar interests.  They want to be read, and will often share their articles using other social media means such as a Facebook page or Twitter account where they entice readers to visit their article and read on.  At the time of writing, the team of 12 bloggers plus our own @CrailFoodFest Twitter accounts have over 13,000 followers, so any articles which we promote have the potential for a wide reach through social media, gaining valuable and inexpensive exposure for your business.

Some of the ideas for features might be:

  • developing a new recipe
  • trying out an old recipe using your ingredients
  • tasting your produce and reviewing it in comparison with others
  • interviewing you about your business and your products
  • discussing the variety of food and drink on offer in Fife
  • teaching one of the bloggers how to make your product

Articles will be published here on the Crail Food Festival website, with links to your website, and other business details. Photographs will be used – either taken by the blogging team, or supplied by you.  You are welcome to share any articles which we write, by posting links to them on your own website, Facebook page for your business or Twitter account.  The more we share, the more people will find out about the tastes, quality and enthusiasm for good food and drink in Fife.

Ok, I want to be involved, what’s next?

We need to put your business in contact with our team of bloggers and match you up with the right person to work with you.  In the first instance, either email susan [at] 2crail.com to say that you want your business to be a part of the project, or comment on this post.  If you are willing to supply samples of your goods to our bloggers, then that would be a wonderful way of supporting our project and a fitting reward for their efforts in writing about your business.  If you want us to buy your products for distribution to the bloggers, then we have a (small) budget for this, so please make this clear when you get in touch.  Some of the bloggers live locally in Fife, others are further afield in Edinburgh and Perthshire, so we also need to work out how to get products to the relevant folks.

I look forward to hearing from you by 15 February 2013 to ensure that we meet our publishing schedule.

Susan McNaughton
Social Media Manager for Crail Food Festival

 



January 24, 2013 16

We’re a community festival, currently staffed entirely by volunteers.  What we like to do is spread the load so that no one person has too much to do.  That’s our notion of how communities work well together.

We provide lots of ways for locals and those further afield to get involved and support our efforts to spread the word about our Festival and the abundant quality food produced by the many enthusiastic producers throughout the county of Fife.

For the 2013 Crail Food Festival, we’re planning a series of articles to be published on this website, one per week for the 10 weeks leading up to the Festival.  In previous years, our fabulous volunteer Chiara, who writes so beautifully on her Wine and Olives blog has interviewed producers and participants and helped as our Festival has developed from small beginnings and a dream back in 2010.

If you currently write a blog about food or drink, and would like to be involved, please read the requirements below and let us know by commenting with your contact details, and we’ll be in touch to discuss how you can be involved.

tasty food at the Crail Food Festival
If Food From Fife makes you smile, get in touch!

How can bloggers or food writers get involved?

We’re looking for one article per volunteer, on an aspect of cooking, eating, enjoying, preparing or reviewing fabulous Food From Fife.  The article will be published here on the Crail Food Festival website, and promoted via our Facebook page and Twitter profile.  We will include links to your own website, with appropriate credits.  It would be helpful if you can also include at least one photograph to illustrate the article.

Depending on the type of blog post you will be creating, we can supply you with a recipe to follow, or ingredients to use, or contact with a producer for you to carry out an interview.  We have a (small) budget for this to ensure that some expenses of the exercise are met.  Let us know if there’s some aspect you’d particularly like to write about, or if you’d like to be issued with a challenge!

How can Crail Food Festival 2013 participants get involved?

If you’re going to be taking a stall at our Food Market on 15 June 2013, or at our Harbour Fun Day on 16 June 2013, get in touch and let us know you’d like to be involved in the publicity we’ll be creating about our event.  We’ll put you in contact with one of our team of volunteer bloggers, or supply them with one of your ingredients to cook with or sample.  This is an ideal way of spreading the news about the delicious food you produce, grow or prepare.  We will be promoting information about all of our producers who get in touch in the lead up to the 2013 Crail Food Festival.

To discuss you can email susan [at] 2crail.com, or respond by commenting on this post below.