A host of activities will be staged in St Andrews this weekend as the town celebrates its connection with Scotland’s patron saint.
Saturday will see the some of the final events of the second St Andrews Food and Drink Festival, and the creation of a stunning ice sculpture – specially created for St Andrew’s Day in the heart of the town – by the world famous team from Sandinyoureye.
Saturday activities also include a book signing with Jo Macsween in J&G Innes for the “Macsween Haggis Bible”, and costumed local history interaction with Forth Pilgrim and the Scotia Heritage “Ale Wife”.
Special menus are being offered in some local eateries including the Scores Hotel, Drouthy Neebors and Zest, a “Movember” party is being held in The Adamson Restaurant with £1 going to charity from each special cocktail sale, and there will be whisky tasting in Luvians Bottle Shop.
The weekend will feature three days of cooking activity in the town hall, starting on Friday with sessions for Chefs@School, with the team of chef lecturers from SRUC Elmwood Campus providing a series of free demonstrations on Saturday, and Courses for Cooks and Bread in Fife leading hands-on “Come bake with us” sessions on Sunday. There will also be Sainsbury’s cookery demonstrations in the town library on Saturday.
The town hall will also feature a display of children’s poster entries for the festive events competition, and on Saturday afternoon only Waterstones will be in the town hall with “Bloody Sunday on Tour” – featuring five crime writers.
There will also be Friday and Saturday tastings in the VisitScotland Information Centre, a Friday-Sunday food and general photography annual exhibition from St Andrews Photographic Society in the town hall, special local menus, and a Christmas Emporium on Sunday at the Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort and Spa.
Saturday’s festive lights switch-on ceremony has been organised by the St Andrews Partnership (Visit St Andrews), and it will take place at the east end of Market Street, by the fountain.
The festivities will start at 4pm and culminate in the lights switch-on at 5:30pm by the Provost of Fife, Jim Leishman.
There will then be a parade around the town centre – led by the Madras College Pipe Band – which will end in St Salvator’s Quad.
At 6pm the quad will be the venue for an outdoor ceilidh organised jointly by St Andrews Community Council and the student-run Fellowship of St Andrews.