Meet the Producers at Crail Food Festival

Crail Legion Hall plays host to a series of Meet the Producers workshops on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th June during the Crail Food Festival. It’s your chance to get ‘up close’ with some of our region’s finest producers of food and drink and find out more about their businesses.  Tickets for these sessions are available to buy when you purchase our Market Day or Harbour Day tickets, available on-line now! The running order is:

Claire Pollock (Ardross Farm Shop) – 12:30 pm on Saturday 13 June

After moving away from home to do her Accounting Degree and then working in that sector for a time, Claire decided that farming was in her blood and a year and a half ago returned to the family business. Very much enjoying life on the farm again Claire is now in charge of our vegetable department and the accounting side of our business but her passion really lies in the farm, especially the beef herd. Claire is hoping to explain what makes Ardross beef so special, though our husbandry skills, our high health status, our breed of cattle and what they eat. We are a traditional farm taking the best of old and new practices to create a better environment for the animals we raise, the food we grow and the people who work here. With the help of our excellent in house chef and the team from Elmwood we have an array of delicious samples to hand out, from beef Carpaccio to pulled brisket.  More about the Ardross story

Jim Knox  (The Fisherman’s Larder) – 13:45 pm on Saturday 13 June

An East Neuk-based fisherman for 30 years and experienced seafood specialist, Jim Knox is a local man whose entire lifestyle is inextricably linked to sea.  Whether he’s out fishing,  preparing delicious seafood, beachcombing on stormy days or giving bespoke demonstrations, Jim brings his passion for the north sea and the East Neuk coastline to everything he does.  Jim will demonstrate how to get the sweetest meat from your shellfish and share the secrets of a beautifully dressed crab!  Jim’s approach is refreshing, honest and entertaining – perfect ingredients for an inspirational Scottish seafood experience, what’s more you will get to taste the result at this engaging session.

Gill Logan (Still Delicious) and Ceri Ritchie (SRUC) – 15:00 pm on Saturday 13 June

Still Delicious is part of East Neuk potato farm RF Logan & Co at Crail, and it sells  “wonky” potatoes that would otherwise be dumped because they are too big, too small or the skin isn’t perfect. As they point out, the potatoes may have a few lumps & bumps and they may be unwanted by the supermarket, but on the inside they are Still Delicious! The local Honeypot Café will dish out a hearty soup sample for you to try for yourself.  If you are convinced then you can take away a free bag of wonky spuds.  And we will be letting you taste wonky strawberries too ! Joining Gill will be Ceri Ritchie of SRUC Consulting.

Douglas Clements (Kingsbarns Distillery) – 12:30 pm on Sunday 14 June

From the nearby Kingsbarns Distillery, Douglas Clements will join us to tell more about his story “From Dream to Dram”, you will get a chance to talk to Douglas, to hear his story, to chew that barley and to sample the Gin & Whisky. This delightful session is aimed at sharing the story and tasting as you go along.

setting out the tasting at Kingsbarns Distillery

Lindsey Anderson (Little Herb Farm) – 13:45 pm on Sunday 14 June

My name is Lindsey Anderson and I will be speaking at the meet the producer event. I am one of the owners of the company. Here at The Little Herb Farm, we produce sweet fruit and herb vinegars and a range of preserves. We use home grown herbs from our organic herb garden and homegrown rhubarb, apples and plums to make our products. What we don’t grow ourselves, we source as locally as possible. Every bottle and jar is homemade, hand filled and labelled by us. Our products have won various awards and we are now extensively stocked by farm shops and delis across Scotland.
At the event, I will be talking about the company, its origins and how it has grown and developed over the last year. I will discuss our products, how they are made and what they can be used for. I will be doing a platter of five appetisers and petit fours for each table to taste so that they can see how our products can be used in a variety of ways (both sweet and savoury) and will also provide some drinking vinegars too!! Hopefully my talk will be informative and very relaxed, allowing those attending to ask lots of questions and enjoy some locally produced food.

Donald Peddie (Kilduncan Eggs) – 15:30 pm on Sunday 14 June
We are delighted to welcome for our final session on Sunday, Donald Peddie from Kilduncan Farm Eggs which is situated just minutes from Crail. Donald is the egg man and every day 13,000 make their way out of the farm to local cafes, guest houses, fine dining restaurants to be used, poached, fried, maybe even sous vide!

If you want to know what a free range egg really is you will to meet the egg man, he will even give you half a dozen to take home to practice this session’s tasting recipe prepared by our catering team from SRUC Elmwood.