This weekend OH and I visited Bowhouse Food Market in the East Neuk of Fife.
The first time we visited the food weekend we happened upon it by chance and ventured in for the want of something better to do and were immediately enchanted with the large barns full of stalls selling produce all grown and/or made in Fife. This visit however, there didn’t seem to be as many stalls but as the market is now a regular event I’m guessing sellers perhaps choose which weekends they want to attend.
Saying that, there was still a large number of stalls all displaying tempting produce. Flowers, plants, fruit, fish, seafood, cheese, meat, bread, ale, gin, condiments, soap and coffee were all on offer. It isn’t cheap but it’s good quality and it’s always good to support local artisans and to help keep Fife on the food map. The majority of stalls offer free tastings, which always entices the taste buds and often results in sales. We ended up buying a Pumpkin Latte Loaf (£2.50), a lamb, harissa and almond sausage roll (£3), a cheese scone (75p) and a cherry one (75p), a bottle of Gorse Gin (£20), a jar of beetroot and horseradish chutney (£3), a bottle of blonde ale (£3), a small bottle of apple flavoured spirit (£5) and at the butchers I bought some slice sausage and a white pudding (£3).
Once you have wandered around the stalls you can then go through to the street food barn where there is even more food and drink on offer. This is where you can grab a St Andrews Brewery Ale, sit on a hay bale to eat some fish and chips or a burger and listen to some live music in a great atmosphere.
There are also some live animals for the kids to meet with pigs and lambs in pens in another area of the farm.
To find Bowhouse drive through Elie and it’s on your left before you get to St Monans. It’s open from 10am till 4pm on a Saturday and Sunday. The rest of the dates for the food weekends are:
I’m hoping the December one will be very festive and will be the thing that puts me in the Christmas spirit.