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Lammas Festival

Saturday 3rd August 2013

St Brycedale Kirk Hall, Kirkcaldy

bread tasting

Lammas is the ancient harvest festival, a mixture of Pagan and Christian tradition celebrating the first grain crops of the year. Different parts of Scotland have different ways of marking the harvest, but one thing unites them all – bread!

We’ve long been supporters of the Real Bread Campaign and their mission to rid our lives of over-processed pap that supermarkets fob us off with these days. So what better time of year to get together and celebrate our daily bread than at Lammas?

We’ll be kicking off the day at 10am with a free bread-making workshop from our good friend Colin Lindsay of Bread in Fife. If you’re new to bread making, or want to pick up some extra tips to get the perfect rise, Colin will be taking us through the process step by step and helping us make  both daily bread and some more unusual variations on the theme. Booking is essential and places are limited – email mags@fifediet.co.uk with your name, phone number and how many places you require asap to secure your place. (Please note, as of the 25th June this workshop is now fully booked – details are being taken for waiting list places only)

From 1pm we’ll be opening the doors to the public for our Lammas Festival, with the official opening (complete with our resident piper Fergus!) at 1.30pm. Judging will then begin on our star event of the afternoon – the Great Lammas Bake-off!

We’re inviting bakers young and old to enter their best loaf in our competition – yeasted, sourdough, sweet or savoury, it’s entirely up to you, but the more original the better! This being the Fife Diet though, special credence will be given to any loafs with a strong local flavour. There will be separate categories for Adult Baker and Junior Baker (under 14 years) with prizes for our judges favourite, so get your proving basket out and get baking! For an entry form or more details email mags@fifediet.co.uk. Have a look at the recipes section of our website for some inspiration too. The Seed Truck visits Inverkeithing High School.

If you’re not a star baker, don’t worry though – once judging has finished, we’ll be breaking bread together and enjoying a late afternoon lunch of seasonal tastes, prepared by the Fife Diet team. Throughout the afternoon there’ll also be crafts, music, and a chance to mill some of your own flour to take home on our bicycle powered mill!

We’re very excited already. And as the renowned folklorist F. Marian McNeill explained, Lammas isn’t all about bread – it’s also supposedly a lucky day for setting out on a journey, for a new undertaking, and for drawing lovers together‘. So join us in Kirkcaldy on the 3rd August – who knows what might happen?