If your foodie, and I assume you have found your way to my blog because you are, St Andrews is where you need to flock to this November.
Prepare for the St Andrews Food & Drink Festival – a month long celebration of fabulous food & drink events, organised by six of the leading chefs in and around the town.
The Festival was founded in 2012 by three chefs – Martin Hollis at the Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa, Alan Matthews at The Fairmont and Ian MacDonald at the St Andrews Links Trust. This year, more Chefs have joined the festivities, including Geoffrey Smeddle from the Michelin-starred Peat Inn, Stewart Macaulay from The Adamson, winners of the 2015 CIS Restaurant of the Year, and Davey Aspin of the 3 AA rosette awarded Rocca.
Martin Hollis, Executive Chef at the Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa
“Many festivals are driven by organisations. We wanted to do something different – and so the St Andrews Food & Drink Festival has evolved as a direct results of the chefs involved.” Martin adds: “We all share a passion for Scottish produce and this provides us with an opportunity to showcase the very best.”
Alan Matthew, The Fairmont
“Each year our Festival audience has grown. They are hungry for more and we have a fantastic team of top chefs serving up some incredible events this year.” Alan adds: “We all have access to such an amazing natural larder in and around St Andrews – the Indoor Street Market is the perfect way to launch this year’s events and to showcase the very best produce.”
Ian MacDonald, The Links Trust
“Our vision is that guests will be able to eat and drink their way around the very best that St Andrews has to offer, all within the one afternoon. It promises to be a great launch to a fantastic month-long festival.”
Scotland Food & Drink Project Manager Fiona Richmond,
“The St Andrews Food & Drink Festival is now firmly fixed in the food lover’s calendar. Four years in, it is engaging with more businesses, running more events, selling more tickets and attracting more visitors to St Andrews – and that has to be a good thing for all those involved. It promises to be a great addition to this year’s celebration of Scotland’s fantastic larder and what makes the country a Land of Food and Drink. I’m delighted to see the nurturing of young talent in the sector by established chefs at the top of their game. We very much look forward to the Festival.”
So, what’s the drill? Where do you need to be when?
‘Indoor Street Food Market’, 1st November, Old Course Hotel – The six chefs will each have a ‘market stall’ and visitors will enjoy tasters covering a wide range of seasonal ingredients: from East Neuk seafood to Scottish beef and lamb, local game and poultry to Fife fruits, vegetables, salads and cheese. Duncan McLachlan from the AA rosette-awarded Playfair’s Restaurant, Grant McNicol from double AA rosette-awarded Terrace Restaurant at Rufflets Country House Hotel and, from one of the region’s best advocates for sustainable fishing, Sergejs Savickis from the Seafood Restaurant will also have stalls. There will also be sorbet champagne flutes for the adults and ice cream sundaes for the children from Janetta’s, Speciality Single Origin Coffee from Zest Cafe, as well as beers and spirits from local brewers and distillers.
- Tickets, limited to 200, are on sale at £25.00 for adults, £7.50 for 5-12 year olds and free for under 5s.
- Each ticket includes a taster from each stall (children’s portions for 0-12).
- To book: call 01334 468181
St Andrews Food & Drink Festival Dinner, 20th November, Fairmont St Andrews – Later in the month, the six core chefs gather for the St Andrews Food & Drink Festival Dinner at the Fairmont St Andrews. The Festival feast sees each chef creating signature dishes for the six-course meal, here’s a low down of the menu…
- Tickets for the dinner are £75.00
- 01334 837 000 to book
Plus, there’s a whole host of other delicious events and masterclasses taking part throughout the month:
‘Meet the Producer’ at The Peat Inn
- 11th November – An evening of Scotch beef from a celebrated family farm: Enjoy a unique dinner at the Michelin starred restaurant with rooms, The Peat Inn. Chef-proprietor Geoffrey Smeddle is joined on this special evening by Nikki Storrar of Ardross farmshop to enjoy an evening of Ardross farm’s famous beef.
- 25th November – An evening with award winning cheese maker, Jane Stewart: when Jane Stewart started making her own cheese from the milk produced by her husband’s dairy herds, it was an attempt to gain better value for the milk.
- 01334 840206 to book
Cocktail Master-class at The Adamson Restaurant & Bar
- Every Thursday throughout November, from 6pm for an hour.
- Tickets are £20 – and this includes 2 amazing cocktails and gives you the chance to make one.
- 01334 479191 to book
Speciality Coffee – Home Brewing at Zest Cafe
- Every Tuesday throughout November. An evening masterclass learning about speciality coffee, how to look after your bean, grind and brew them to perfection. You will learn 3 different methods that are quick and easy to do at home, and will impress your guests at any dinner party!
- Tickets are £30 and include a delicious bag of single origin Glen Lyon coffee to take away, suitable for any level, all equipment and beans provided.