As part of our Lammas Festival on Saturday 3rd August, we’re on the hunt for the best loaf of bread in Fife. Do you bake a mean baguette? Is your sourdough spectacular? Or perhaps you have a time-worn family recipe that you’d like to share with us?
Entries are now open for our Great Lammas Bake-off Competition. Bring your champion loaf along to St Brycedale’s Kirk Hall in Kirkcaldy from 1pm on the day of the festival and join in our community celebration of all things bread. We’ll have some top local bread makers on hand to judge the competition, as well as offering advice and information on baking. There’s also an under-14s category for all the junior bakers out there – what better way to spend the summer holidays than teaching the kids how to make a daily loaf? And once the judging is over, we’ll all get to tuck in, try each other’s loaves, and enjoy a seasonal spread courtesy of the Fife Diet!
For a bake-off entry form, or for more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the Fife Diet office on 01592 871371.
If you’re not much of a baker, don’t worry – you don’t have to enter a loaf to come down and take part in the Lammas Festival. Our miller-in-residence Fergus (when he’s not on Seed Truck duty, that is) will be on hand with his bicycle powered mill, talking us through the processes that transform a sheath of wheat to a loaf of bread. You can even have a go at milling your own flour to take home and bake with!
Derived from the Old English words for ‘Loaf’ and ‘Feast’, Lammas is the traditional Scottish celebration of the first grain harvest of the year. Although we would now consider it high summer, the weeks before Lammas were traditionally the time of year communities would be at the greatest risk of starving, as the stocks from the previous harvest came close to running out. The whole community would take part in Lammas celebrations, heralding the new harvest and hopefully a return to a season of plenty.
In our modern world of season-less supermarkets perpetuating the myth of eternal glut, we think it’s important to remember old traditions and remind ourselves and our children that it wasn’t always this way. Plus we like a good excuse to eat lots of tasty bread and meet the Fife Diet members – so come along and join us!