Well, Festival Season is officially here! With the inaugural Crail Food Festival 2011
celebrating locally grown food and producers to be held 17-19 June 2011, the Summer Festivals of Crail will be off to a flying start, followed quickly by the East Neuk Festival 2011 – 29 June – 3 July, with a fantastic array of classical music set in intimate historic venues of the East Neuk, and of course, the ever popular Crail Festival 2011 – 20-30 July, with lots of family activity, fun and music, which just seems to get better every year.
Art lovers will like to look out for the East Neuk Open Studios 2011 – 18-19th June and 25-26th June, with 3 Crail studios participating, and of course the famous Pittenweem Arts Festival 2011 – 6th – 14th August. You must visit some of Crail’s 3 galleries, drop round to one of the The Jerdan Gallery previews (Summer in the Village on June 24 and Still Life & Stoneware on July 29), and have a wander round the Crail Pottery courtyard. Coffee with art at Julia’s and the Harbour Gallery!
If you’re a music lover, there are lots of music events during all of our festivals, including an intimate Supper Concert with King Creosote at the opening night of the Crail Food Festival 2011. If you love classical music we highly recommend the East Neuk Festival 2011, and the lunchtime concert series at the Crail Festival 2011. Folk lovers should look out for Dougie McLean at the grand finally of the Crail Festival 2011, and the Crail Folk Club gigs (Pure Malt on June 09, 2011 and David Ferrard & Kim Edgar on June 18, 2011). New on our list is the HaarFest 11-14th August, a Fence Collective Festival in and around Anstruther and Cellardyke, that coincides nicely with the tail end of the Pittenweem Arts Festival 2011.
If you love traditional Fairs and Gala Days and like supporting our local communities then why not stop in on the Crail Primary School Fair 11 June 2011 with the traditional crowning of the Crail Queen, or make a day of it and visit the St Monans Sea Queen 2011– Sat 11 June. Other events in the East Neuk include Anstruther Lifeboat Open Day 2011 – Sat 4 June, Pittenweem Gala 2011 Sat 25 June, the Crail Fair 2011 – Sun 17 July, Crail Lifeboat Gala Day on July 31, 2011, and The Anstruther Muster 2011– of 5th/7th August, and finally, Crail Horticultural Society – Annual Flower Show on August 20.
For gardening fans Scotland’s Garden Scheme gives you a chance to see hidden gems and helps raise money for charity – lush and sometimes tropical planting, cliff top terraces overlooking the harbour, sheltered sit-oot-eries (sp?) with Sea views to the Isle of May – the Crail tour will leave you with garden envy! An Amazing number of Fife’s open gardens are in this area, 19 June Pittenweem, 10 July Wormistoune House Crail, 23, 24 July Crail Small Gardens, 31 July Balcaskie and Kellie Castle and 28 August Cambo House.
History Buffs should be sure to check out the Crail Museum and Heritage Centre. “On the Street Where You Live” will provide fascinating insight into the origin of some of the street names in Crail, and “Smugglers and Privateers” a great favorite, are this year’s exhibitions, and you can still see “Doon the Shore” George Simpson’s 1960’s photos, as well as permanent exhibitions on the Crail Golfing Society and Crail Airfield (HMS Jackdaw, HMS Bruce and JSSL).
Other interesting Community Fundraisers include the Crail Preservation Society’s Collectables Auction on June 03, 2011, and Jazz at Wormistoune on June 25, 2011, with music by George Birrell. There is a Pittenweem Gala Fundraising Quiz Night at Cocoa Tree Cafe in Pittenweem on Friday 3rd June, and a Fundraising gig in support of Anstruther’s historic halls on Thursday 2nd June 8pm with King Creosote and others – Hew Scott Hall in Anstruther Wester – tickets £5 at Waid Academy and the The Scottish Fisheries Museum.