Adam Smith Food & Drink Fair 2019

Calling all Foodies! Kirkcaldy’s Adam Smith Food & Drink Fair returns this year and sees BBC 2016 MasterChef The Professionals Champion, Gary Maclean, leading the day’s activities …

Scotland is home to hundreds of outstanding producers, suppliers, restaurants and foodie entrepreneurs, and on 16th March 2019 they’re sharing their culinary skills and ideas with the public at Kirkcaldy’s annual Adam Smith Food & Drink Fair.  The FREE event takes place in the Atrium at Fife College’s St. Brycedale Campus and features chef demonstrations, food and drink stalls and kids’ cooking workshops.

Brought to the town by Kirkcaldy4All and Fife College, the event is headlined by BBC’s MasterChef The Professionals 2016 winner, Gary Maclean – Scotland’s National Chef.  There will also be a vegan cookery demonstration by Chef Tom Pratt from The Waterfront Restaurant in Kirkcaldy as well as a demonstration by Fife College’s award-winning students. And at four ‘hands-on’ workshops, children can have fun decorating cupcakes or make healthy pizzas.

Gary Maclean says: “I had such a great time at Kirkcaldy’s Food Fair last year and can’t wait to come back again.  I will be doing two demonstrations, using some of the wonderful local produce that comes from Fife.  And for me, as a lecturer in professional cookery it will be great to share some culinary ideas with the staff and students at Fife College.

There’s ample opportunity for feasting and shopping on the day with over twenty-five local food and drink producers at the indoor ‘market’, showcasing and selling their wares – ranging from jams, dates, cupcakes and chocolates to burgers, sushi, olives, coffee, bread and cheese, as well as whisky, gin and cocktails. For those looking for healthy  options, all three of Kirkcaldy’s vegan/vegetarian restaurants and cafés are represented – The Bakers Field Cafe, VeganShi  and Kangus Coffee House.

Bill Harvey, Manager of Kirkcaldy 4 All, the town’s Business Improvement District, adds: “The Adam Smith Food and Drink Fair is just one part of a great programme of events planned for the Adam Smith Festival of Ideas which celebrates Kirkcaldy’s globally-renowned 18th Century economist and philosopher. The Festival is attracting some big names to the town – including Eddie Izzard – so the whole weekend of the 15th-17th March should definitely be marked in the diary!

Bryan McCabe-Bell, Director of Business, Enterprise and Tourism at Fife College said: “We’re delighted to host the Adam Smith Food and Drink Fair in our St Brycedale Campus in Kirkcaldy for the fifth year running. It’s been wonderful to see the event grow over the years and to welcome so many independent producers who bring a variety of great local, regional and Scottish food and drink. The event is also a fantastic opportunity for our students to get involved, showcasing their skills in the various demonstrations and also helping out on the day itself.  I’d like to remind visitors, that although the event is free,  you may wish to bring some cash with you  – if you’re anything like me you will find the amazing food and drink available irresistible!  We look forward to welcoming everyone on the day.

 

Want to join a Kids’ Workshop? Booking essential!

All workshops are FREE – and are limited to 16 children per session – with a limit of a maximum of 2 workshops per child.

They are very popular (every year we have folk who miss out as they haven’t booked) so to avoid disappointment,
please email to request a space via trestaurant@fife.ac.uk

A very tasty menu!

We’re delighted so many local, regional and Scottish companies have approached us to be a part of this unique event …

Alba Seafood    Allan’s Chilli Products    Arran Cheese Shop    Artisana Brownies    The Bakers Field Cafe    Brewsters Small-holding   

Café Continental    Cups ‘n Cakes    Deliciously Dates    Erincroft Bakery

Great Oil & Olives    Greener Kirkcaldy    Growing Kirkcaldy    Heavenly Goodies    In Vodka Veritas

Kangus Coffee House    Kingsbarns Distillery & Visitor Centre    Koku Shi and VeganShi

Laura Jane’s Cakes & Bakes    Lindores Abbey Distillery    Lundin Distilling    Nectar Espresso    Paper & Jam Ltd    Perthshire Preserves

Relish It    Scottish Wildlife Trust    Screaming Peacock    The Little Herb Farm    Unorthodox Roasters

 

We will be posting and sharing more updates on this Blog as the timer ticks towards the event – and sharing on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter.

Left on the shelf?

We’re delighted that the continued success of our event means we are now oversubscribed with companies supporting us with stalls, displays and tasting stations; as a result, there’s now a waiting list. If you’d like your details added – for this or for future events in the town – please email laura@kirkcaldy4all.co.uk and share information on your company, your produce – together with your contact details.

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More on Gary Maclean – the BBC 2016 MasterChef The Professionals Champion

Chef Lecturer Gary grew up Glasgow. His inspiration to become a chef is founded in his love for cooking even from a very young age – home economics was his favourite subject at school. During his early career, he worked in Glasgow’s finest hotels, learning essential techniques including butchery and preparation of game – skills he uses to this day. He’s worked alongside some of the country’s top chefs.

Married to Sharon for 25 years (they met as students in the same class at college), they have five children and live in the North Glasgow suburb of Robroyston. He has been teaching part time and full time at the City of Glasgow College for over 17 years – passing on his experience and knowledge to the next generation of Scottish master chefs! Gary has won many national and international competitions including numerous personal awards – the highlight being The Craft Guild of Chefs lecturer of the year for the UK in 2015.

In December 2016, Gary became MasterChef: The Professionals Champion – the tenth winner to be awarded the prestigious title. He took on 47 other professional chefs in the pursuit of gastronomic glory and battled through seven weeks of fierce competition and extra-ordinary cooking in the culinary challenges. He was judged the winner by two Michelin-starred chef Marcus Wareing, renowned chef Monica Galetti and MasterChef’s seasoned judge, Gregg Wallace.

 

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