No milk today – Crail Food History

While having a chat on Twitter about food supplies in Crail yesterday morning, this photograph was sent to our Crail Food Festival twitter account by Tom Orr (who goes by the Twitter name of @cyclingmollie). He supplied us with further detail that the milk “Proudly claimed to be from a Brucelosis and Tuberclin tested herd.  Unpasteurised, it tasted strongly of turnips in winter.”

Do you know anything of the history of the Ribbonfield Dairy, or the farmer D. Morris?

Tom also suggested that we read a book called “Footsteps in the Furrows” by Andrew Arbuckle.

When researching ideas for the 2012 Crail Food Festival by visiting the Berwick Food Festival in September, we saw an interesting exhibition there about their food history. Could this milk bottle be the beginning of a historical strand for our next event?  We’re on the look out for ideas and volunteers to put them into action. Can you help?

Keeping the ideas flowing – Crail Food Festival 2012

As soon as we’d packed away the stalls and had a little celebration after the first Crail Food Festival in June 2011, the thinking caps were on and we were considering what the format and vision would be for the second Crail Food Festival in June 2012.

One of the great things we have in our favour in planning for 2012 is that we now have photographs; people’s stories about the fun they had last year; and a track record to prove that we can bring an event together.

We’ve also got ambassadors: the people who supported and believed in us in the first year, are out there telling others what a good event it was. This is encouraging more people to sign up to take a stall for our 2012 Festival.

The other thing we’ve been doing is travelling the length and breadth of the country to visit foodie events and see what others are doing to promote their local food producers, chefs and foodies.

So Finlay’s been up to the Cawdor Food Festival, and Susan’s been to the Berwick Food Festival, Borough Market in London, Elmwood College and the East of Scotland Food and Drink Network Dinner. Graham, Susan and Ian have also been talking to other Fife Festivals about collaboration.

To find out more about these journeys, you can follow us on Facebook or tap into our Tweets.

We’re working away over the winter months, keeping in touch with the friends of the Festival and thinking about the events for our three day Festival which will be on 15th, 16th and 17th June 2012. If you’d like to make a suggestion or find out more by emailing: info@crailfoodfest.co.uk