“Crail Ale” created for East Neuk food festival


SCOTS brewers have come up with a unique new beer to celebrate the return of a food festival in Fife.

Just 300 bottles of the Crail Ale have been made to mark the three day food festival in the Fife town.

The ale, which is described as ‘full of citrus and floral flavours’ will be served in tankards made by the local Crail Pottery.

The fishing village has had it’s own beer created for the second annual food festival

The festival, now in its second year, will run between June 15 and 17.

Last year’s inaugural event attracted over 2,000 visitors to the village of Crail and generated more than £15,000 for the tiny village.

This year, organisers are hoping to beat their records with a packed programme including a berry-tastic bake-off between local cafes, live comedy entertainment and a musical supper with Sunday’s showcase market event at Crail Harbour incorporating a wider variety of  producers and new collaborations drawing inspiration from the ‘multi-cultural’ theme for 2012.

Organisers of the Crail Food Festival are keen to encourage local businesses to  collaborate after the success of last year which has brought about joint ventures  between food and drink producers (such as Guid Cheese Shop who shared a stall with Your Piece and now stock their oatcakes), restaurants and accommodation providers.

The Crail Museum also plans to host an exhibition about food in the 1950s to coincide with the festival and to run throughout the summer.

Led by event manager Graham Anderson of The Honeypot Guest House and Tearoom, this year’s Crail Food Festival is part of the St Andrews Year of Celebration – celebrating the town’s vibrant cultural and creative output under one united banner; St Andrews, Creative Place.  St Andrews recently won a Creative Place Awards in recognition of the town’s vibrant creative and cultural output.