Fife… a must for food lovers

Fife

Fife may be small but it’s certainly bursting with flavour.  With a fantastic natural larder on its doorstep it really is a must visit for all food lovers.

Only 30 minutes from Edinburgh just across the Forth Bridge, Fife has beautiful countryside, a stunning coastline and award-winning beaches. With culture, history and heritage, outdoor activities and fabulous restaurants, your visit to Fife will never be forgotten.

An entire menu is available from coastline to countryside with quality livestock including cattle, deer and buffalo; artisan bakers, butchers and cheese makers; fruit farms and organic vegetables, freshly caught seafood and award winning ice cream.

Pop along to the picturesque villages in the East Neuk where you can buy fresh shellfish down at the harbour.  There are also a plethora of farm shops selling local produce. These include Pillars of Hercules in Falkland, Balgove Larder, Cairnie Fruit Farm and Mega Maze near Cupar and Ardross Farm Shop in Elie, which was recently named in The Independent’s list of top 50 Best Farm Shops in the UK.

And don’t forget you can buy the finest local produce at the monthly farmers’ markets held in Cupar, Dunfermline, Kirkcaldy and St Andrews. For details visit fifefarmersmarket.co.uk

Chillilicious in Ceres is Scotland’s first and only chilli farm, making it the most northerly chilli farm in the UK! Run by mother and daughter team, Patricia and Stacey Galfskiy, they produce delicious chilli food products and handmade chilli inspired glass art that blends their combined love of food and art.

Fife also boasts high quality artisan bakeries, including Royal Warrant holder Fisher & Donaldson and don’t forget to sample an award-winning Scotch pie from Stuart’s of Buckhaven.

Kingsbarns which opened in 2014, is the first distillery in Fife to welcome the public.  It shows visitors every step of their innovative craft production process from ‘barley to bottle’ up close and then shares with them the final flavours of the different whiskies and spirits produced. Daftmill Distillery in Ladybank is also one of Scotland’s newest and smallest malt distilleries. Although the whisky is still maturing in the bond and not yet on sale, guided tours can be arranged.

For those who enjoy more unusual spirits, check out Spencerfield Spirit Company, run by Alex and Jane Nicol.  Their flagship product, the irreverently named, yet seriously flavoursome Sheep Dip and the seductively smooth Pig’s Nose are both award winning whiskies.

Don’t leave Fife without sampling ‘Anster’ cheese from St Andrews Farmhouse Cheese Company, an award winning crumbly white cheese, which features on menus across the globe.

If you wish to dine out, Fife has a stunning range of award winning hotels, cafes, Michelin star restaurants the Peat Inn and Sangster’s, the jewels in the fine dining crown, and 2012 Scottish Thistle Awards national winner Room with a View in Aberdour.

Fife Food Network, with its “Food from Fife” initiative, also helps to promote and develop the region’s food and drink. Its website, www.foodfromfife.co.uk contains a wealth of information about producers, chefs, food trails, farm shops, cafes, restaurants and farmers’ markets.

Toby Anstruther, Network Chair, says: “Fife is blessed with a very diverse range of food of the highest quality.  Whatever you’re looking for, from crab and lobster to herring; from grass-fed beef to buffalo, from berries to bread, you can find the finest examples here in Fife.  We have exported our harvest for over 1000 years and continue to enjoy sharing it with our visitors.”

The story behind Fife’s celebrated reputation for locally produced food, expert chefs and fine restaurants is told in the ‘Fife Larder – The Guide to Fife’s Food and Drink’, and its companion ‘Fife Larder Food Map’.  There is also the booklet ‘Fife Food’, a collaboration between Food from Fife and Fife Council which contains stunning photographs, business profiles and recipes.

Look out for free copies of the guides to sample some of the tasty recipes or visit welcometofife.com

We look forward to welcoming you to Fife!

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