Kirk Square Kitchen has the recipe for success

Rory of Born in the Borders at Kirk Square Kitchen in Eyemouth
Rory of Born in the Borders at Kirk Square Kitchen in Eyemouth

The third Eyemouth Kirk Square Kitchen event which showcases local food, drink, music and community spirit was blessed by good weather at the weekend, the perfect recipe for success.

Kerry Waddell, one of the founders of the event, said: “It exceeded our expectations this year. We are in year three and the weather was kind - I think we’ve cracked it.

Derek & Kathy of Blue House Goat Cheese & Yoghurt of Lowick at Kirk Square Kitchen event in Eyemouth

Derek & Kathy of Blue House Goat Cheese & Yoghurt of Lowick at Kirk Square Kitchen event in Eyemouth

“We had a phenomenal amount of local support as well as visitors and it was lovely that local people enjoyed it too.”

A similar Kirk Square event ran as part of the phenomenally successful Eyemouth Seafood Festival which brought in thousands of people into the coastal town in the 1990s but eventually became so big it was too much for the volunteer organisers to continue with because of the time needed to manage it.

With that in mind three years ago a number of local organisations such as the Chamber of Trade and Rotary Eyemouth decided to try and recreate the atmosphere of the seafood festival but on a smaller scale and this year they feel they have “cracked it”.

Now others are coming on board and the Kirk Square Kitchen seems to have firmly established itself in the town’s diary of events.

The staff of Oblo in Eyemouth selling chowder at Kirk Square Kitchen

The staff of Oblo in Eyemouth selling chowder at Kirk Square Kitchen

Closing off Manse Road to traffic so a marquee could be erected beside the Kirk Square proved to be a real plus, the music events taking place in the marquee - Andrew Valentine, Rusty Strings, Alan McQueen and the Reston Concert Band - while visitors browsed the many food stalls offering a wide array of local produce.

“A lot of people commented on the atmosphere, and members of the East Coast Seafood Project came down to the event and they said that we have such a community spirit here which I felt was a real compliment to Eyemouth,” added Kerry.

Eyemouth and District Community Trust put together a craft fair in their Auld Merket space beside the harbour which added a further element to what is clearly a growing annual event in the town.

“We’ll try and move the event forward for next year and would like to thank everyone involved who helped make it such a success,” concluded Kerry.

Dean Mark the butcher at Kirk Square Kitchen in Eyemouth

Dean Mark the butcher at Kirk Square Kitchen in Eyemouth

Elaine Peakman and Wendy Lough at the ESP Cake Design stall at Kirk Square Kitchen in Eyemouth

Elaine Peakman and Wendy Lough at the ESP Cake Design stall at Kirk Square Kitchen in Eyemouth

Eriska Dall enjoys a bun at Kirk Square Kitchen in Eyemouth

Eriska Dall enjoys a bun at Kirk Square Kitchen in Eyemouth

Kirk Square Kitchen event in Eyemouth

Kirk Square Kitchen event in Eyemouth