Tuesday, 26 July 2016
Thursday, 21 July 2016
Thursday, 14 July 2016
A new initiative led by the Fishermen's Mutual Association (Pittenweem) Ltd (FMAP) to encourage locals and tourists to eat more of the seafood caught around the Fife coastline has been set up in Pittenweem, East Fife.
Locally landed lobster, crab and langoustine caught in the Firth of Forth, which will have no food miles, is now on sale to the general public at a brand new FMAP Seafood Kiosk set up at Pittenweem Harbour, where the shellfish are landed.
The outlet, which will be open every day until the end of August and run by local fishmonger, George Allan, has been set up to make fresh, locally caught seafood available to the public. This is the first time the fish has been on sale directly to consumers; normally it is only available to trade buyers in the neighbouring fish market, with 95% of the annual catch exported to Spain, Italy and France
The kiosk has been open since the end of June and is already proving extremely popular with locals, who are buying lots of lobster and langoustine, and walkers on the Fife Coastal Path, who are taking advantage of the dressed crab for their packed lunches.
Tom Mackenzie of the Fishermen's Mutual Association (Pittenweem) Ltd (FMAP) said: "It is no secret that Scotland exports the majority of the fish and shellfish caught around its shores, with many Scots not realising that the delicious seafood they are enjoying on holiday in Spain has actually come from just up the road at home.
"Fife's coastline is brimming with delicious shellfish and the aim of this kiosk to give people an easy way to pick some up for themselves and try at home. Fish is healthy and delicious and I believe it tastes that wee bit better when you know just how fresh and local it is."
Geoffrey Smeddle, chef proprietor of the Michelin starred Peat Inn near St Andrews, said: "Scottish seafood is prized by top chefs on the continent and yet strangely hard for members of the public to buy here. In an area blessed with outstanding produce, this wonderful initiative marks the most exciting development, bringing exquisite local seafood to local consumers."
The FMAP Seafood Kiosk is open seven days a week in July and August and weekends in September and is located in Pittenweem Harbour next to the fishmarket. Prices vary, but on average lobster is £15 per kilo, prawn tails are £10 per kilo, dressed crabs are £5 each and five langoustines are £12.50
Wednesday, 13 July 2016
Tuesday, 12 July 2016
Traditional food court model will be revamped to feed Scotland’s growing appetite for street food. Independent local traders to be given a platform to showcase to a new and diverse audience.
Glasgow's Buchanan Galleries is set to reinvent the image of the traditional shopping mall food court by offering the space to local independent street food traders.
Taste Buchanan, a partnership between the Land Securities-owned Buchanan Galleries and hi- tech street trading platform StreetDots, will launch in early August and will be the first retail space of its kind in Scotland.
Following a dramatic refurbishment, Buchanan Galleries top floor will be transformed to host up to eight pop-up units serving artisan street style food run by independents using Scottish-sourced produce.
John Bloomer, mall retail manager at Land Securities said: "The arrival of Taste Buchanan will be the first genuine permanent street food offering within the city and we can't wait to see it kick-off next month."
It will transform the food offering within Buchanan Galleries and we're excited to partner with one of the best in the business. StreetDots is a leading operator in the street food sector and we know they will bring the very best new and exciting food trends to our shoppers here in Buchanan Galleries. Darren Callcott, co-founder of StreetDots, said: "The popularity of street food is growing faster than any other category, and there is a real appetite for the culinary trend right now. Street food is about creative artisan dishes being prepared by highly skilled people with a passion for serving fast-moving fresh food to suit customer demand. Street food culture is growing in prominence in all the major cities worldwide, but for a leading shopping mall like Buchanan Galleries to dedicate its much sought-after space to the concept really is ground-breaking, and we're sure Glasgow will embrace it."
The first line-up of traders to operate in Taste Buchanan includes:
- Chompsky, soft steamed Asian bao buns stuffed full of fusion flavours
- Designer Cakes by Paige, beautifully handmade cupcakes, truffles and push pops
- Equi’s, 90-year-old award-winning family ice cream business
- GLo Pizza, Italian wood-fired pizza͛s made with authentic Neapolitan flavours
- Sláinte Mhath, brand new Scottish pop-up bar specialising in craft cocktails
Discussions are underway to secure a local coffee provider, and to maximise the variety of food on offer Taste Buchanan will introduce new traders every two to three months. Kathy Murdoch, centre manager at Buchanan Galleries, said: "This is such an exciting development for Buchanan Galleries and we're confident our shoppers will love the concept. To host Scotland's first independent street food hub within a shopping centre is a coup for us and a real point of difference, but it also fits well with the shoppers we attract who are forward-thinking, stylish and know what they want – now they'll be able to tell us what theyd like to eat via the new app and we can respond to demand."
StreetDots launched in London in 2014 to give high quality trading opportunities to independent street traders, and works in partnership with major landowners to create smart trading spaces which can be booked by traders using an app which allows the public to vote in their favourite food providers.
Taste Buchanan will open to the public in early August, trading seven days a week 11am to 7pm and 8pm on a Thursday.
Monday, 11 July 2016
Tayberries, grown and picked in Fife, are being transformed into a delicious, seasonal ice-cream.
The berries, which are a cross between a raspberry and a bramble, have been grown at the family-run Pittormie Fruit Farm in Dairsie. The ice-cream, which has been developed and created by Jannettas Gelateria in St Andrews, is thought to be the only one commercially available in Scotland and will be sold within Pittormie Fruit Farm’s shop and Jannettas itself.
Originally cultivated in Dundee, the tayberry originates from the former Scottish Crop Research Institute, near Dundee.
Pittormie’s tayberries, which are only available for around seven weeks, are also sold to the Williams Brothers brewery in Alloa, where they form the basis of a delicious Tayberry beer, ‘Roisin’.
Euan Cameron of Pittormie Fruit Farm commented, “Everything we do is driven by ‘keeping it local’, growing and selling our own fruit and local produce which is either made with our fruit, or connected to the farm in some way. We also avoid poly tunnels, exposing our fruits to the elements, and focusing on entirely natural processes. We’re absolutely delighted that Jannettas are using our tayberries to create a truly local ice-cream to enjoy over the summer months. Tayberries have a subtle perfume, and the ice-cream is absolutely delicious!”
As members of the Food for Fife network of food producers and retailers, Jannettas Gelateria, a fourth generation family business, ensures that is products are locally sourced and Fife-grown where possible, recognised by their success in the Food and Drink category of the Fife Business Awards 2016.
Co-owner Owen Hazel commented, “Having been rooted in Fife for over 100 years, we love nothing more than collaborating with other Fife food businesses and firmly believe that Fife has a tremendous amount to offer when it comes to growing and creating the very best of food and drink produce in Scotland. With Pittormie just down the road, it makes sense on many levels to use their delicious berries to create something unique for our, and their customers.”
Pittormie Fruit Farm is a small intensive family run farm situated in the heart of North East Fife. Its aim is to produce quality fresh food which has real flavour, keeping the use of chemicals to an absolute minimum. Its farm shop is stocked with fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables, free-range eggs, fruit beers and wines and Pittormie’s own range of jams, jellies, marmalade, chutney and lemon curd.
Jannettas Gelateria, St Andrews is open between 9am and 10pm, seven days a week. For more information, visit www.jannettas.co.uk.
Sunday, 10 July 2016
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