The team behind the Fayre have put together seven fantastic reasons why you should visit the 2014 Fine Food Fayre.
1. 53 businesses are exhibiting.
Yes that’s 53! Whether it’s locally brewed beer from St Andrews Brewing Company or Eden Brewery, artisan jam, cheese or chocolate, there will definitely be something for you. Back by popular demand, winner of Best Stall in 2013, Alchemy and Cake will once again be selling their indulgent, gluten-free sweet treats. Come and browse the multitude of local and national businesses attending the fayre.
2. Four fabulous chefs will be giving demonstrations throughout the day.
Scot Davies, Masterchef the Professionals 2013 Finalist and Head Chef of The Adamson of South Street St Andrews shall be proving why his culinary skills seduced gastronomic giants Michel Roux Jr, Monica Galetti and Gregg Wallace. Tony Singh, one half of the duo behind the BBC’s The Incredible Spice Man and multiple frequenter of the Great British Menu, will show how a grasp on the intricacies of spice can transform an everyday staple dish. Lifelong advocate of the Scottish food scene, chef, food writer and blogger Christopher Trotter will display both his passion and skills, capturing the true spirit of the event. And finally, the man behind the Michelin-starred Peat Inn, Geoffrey Smeddle, who has achieved a rave review from the Good Food Guide 2013 and been placed among the top 50 UK restaurants, awarded a cooking score of 7 with pork “tender enough to eat with a spoon,” this is not one to miss.
3. A world-class Coffee Masterclass.
St Andrews, synonymous with many things; the resting place of Saint Andrew, the home of golf, the first Scottish martyr, and now, the Costa Barista World Champion! Who would have thought it? Victoria Stewart will show you why she was singled out for this prestigious award in 2012.
4. An unforgettable Cocktail Masterclass.
Not only does The Adamson boast an acclaimed chef, they’re also pretty hot on their cocktails. Their talent and enthusiasm is unrivalled; serving classics like the mojito and the not-so-classic lemon meringue pie martini, devising an historically themed drinks menu to accompany a recent society event and developing an ever-changing list of concoctions for £5, known as “Doctor’s Orders.” Learn how to create a lip-numbing array of cocktails that are sure to impress your guests.
5. A fantastic luxury raffle.
Prizes include an afternoon tea for two at the Old Course Hotel with the perfect view over the world famous St Andrews fairways. There’s also a week long stay for 4 people in the South of France to wash away the winter blues. Finally who could refuse the tasting menu and a night’s stay at the award-winning Peat Inn?
6. Meet the winners of our Entrepreneur Competition.
St Andrews and business entrepreneurs alike are vying to become Fine Food Fayre Entrepreneur 2014. After contending, Dragon’s Den style, for a free stall at the fayre, their fate is in your hands. Will it be Alexander Cloudsley, a 3rd year Glaswegian physicist whose passion for chocolate truffles culminated in his business, Délice. Or will it be Freya Liddell, a second year Modern and Medieval history student presenting the perfect gift, Cookies-in-a-Jar; simple hassle-free baking. What about something a bit different; friends Rauf, Laurence, Pete, and Ian have developed a unique blend known as BubbaTea, using milk tea with tapioca balls combined with local ingredients. Did you know that buying granola can help the community? Introducing Devon, whose Goodness Gracious Granola is not just delicious and healthy, but proceeds go to a local charity. The two competing business entrepreneurs; Heavenly Goodies established by cousins Gwen and Helen, create delicious chocolates and sweets, recently launching a savoury line, whilst Dribble Delights, founded by Cheryl Rider, offers a range of baby food and toddler snacks free from gluten, wheat, dairy, eggs, nuts and soya. Exciting stuff.
7. Meet the university societies.
Be guided around by the Fine Food Fayre team, instantly recognisable in their purple aprons. A hard-working and passionate group of individuals, intent on delivering a fayre that truly showcases Scottish produce. The University of St Andrews has a wide array of societies representing both different cultures and different foodstuffs. Special mention goes to the Fine Food and Dining Society, who along with the Fine Food Fayre and RAG teams, help run this incredible event. By buying a lovely embroidered blue apron, you can help us to continue our quest; to give student eating and cuisine a better name – swapping frozen pizzas and tinned beans for fresh and local ingredients since 2009.
The Fayre takes place on Sunday 9th February, 11am-5pm in the Younger Hall, St Andrews. £3 for adults, free for under 16s, all proceeds go to charity.