Savour St Andrews – The Festival of Food and Drink

Anywhere you travel in Scotland, you’ll find people who are passionate about local Scottish food and drink. Here at Playfair’s, we always try to use local suppliers for our food and drinks whenever we can. Every November, the Food and Drink Festival takes place in St Andrews run by the organisation ‘Savour St Andrews’. Chefs and restaurants get together to promote local food, drinks and businesses through various events.
Savour St Andrews is a new name for the ‘Food and Drink Festival,’ which takes place every November. This month-long celebration of events promotes the best of what St Andrews has to offer in food and drink. All this leads up to an amazing dinner at the Old Course Hotel on St Andrews Day – 30th November.

Chef’s Taster Lunch at The Old Course Hotel

One ochefs-tasterf  first events planned this month included a Chefs Taster Lunch on the 6th of November. Local restaurants and suppliers each prepared their own dish. Guests then journied around the room trying the each of chefs offerings. Head Chef Duncan made beef black olives with Stornoway black pudding, red onion marmalade and apple served with a celeriac remoulade!

The belted Galloway beef used for the beef olives was bred by local farmer, Mathew Waldie. He is also one of Duncan’s old school friends so they were excited at the opportunity to work with one another!

Chef Demonstrations

Another event held was a Chefs Demo and Dine on the 19th November and was held at The Byre Theatre. Chefs from local restaurants were given the opportunity to demonstrate their skill and expertise on the stage as they created a signature dish. Duncan and Nathan showed the crowd how to make our own Clootie Dumpling from the a la carte menu and gave away recipes for aspiring chefs to try it at home!

Demo and Dine

Nathan and Duncan at the Chefs Demo and Dine!

Then finally, at the end of the month for the St Andrews Day Dinner, local chefs in St Andrews will join forces in the kitchen with support from hospitality students and staff from the Elmwood campus of Scotland’s Rural College. This not only gives chefs the opportunity to collaborate with one another to create a fantastic meal, but it also gives students a unique opportunity to gain top level experience both in the kitchen and front of house. Diners can watch as chefs prepare their meals as the whole process in the kitchen was filmed.

You can learn more about Savour St Andrews on their website by clicking here. And we’d love for you to come sample some of our amazing dishes using local suppliers! Book your table with us today!

By Carmen Rowe | November 24, 2016