A Festival of food and music is back again and this year it is even bigger and better.
Eyemouth’s Kirk Square Kitchen was so successful in its first year that it is to be staged again on June 6.
And this year organisers hope 2,000 people will visit the festival to sample delicious treats like seafood chowder and hog roast as well as compete for fantastic prizes in the live auction.
More local food and produce businesses are taking part this year and as well as free children’s activities there will be local musicians playing throughout the day, a prize raffle, a tombola and a live auction.
Prizes for the latter include a “Fast Blast” trip for up to 12 people on Eyemouth’s Rib Trips; a boat trip to St Abbs for 12 people, as well as vouchers for meals and drinks at Oblo, Giacopazzi’s and Blackie’s Filling Station and a seafood platter from Waddell’s.
Free activities for children include storytelling and crafts while a face painting stand will raise funds for Eyemouth’s Herring Queen Festival.
On the food front there will be seafood, pasta salads and wine from Oblò Bar and Bistro, a Hog Roast by Foreman’s Butchers and Aberdeen Angus burgers from The Juicy Meat Company. Back by popular demand will be Waddell’s Oyster Eating Competition along with lots of other fish and shellfish.
Blackie’s Filling Station are serving up pie and mash with bottles of beer, Cafe Questo will be selling warming coffee and delicious homemade traybakes and The Ginger Duck will be back with their amazing range of flavoured fudge. The Rialto Cafe will have their renowned homemade cakes, Eyemouth Museum will be selling local produce including preserves by Willow Cottage, Kiki’s Chocolates and Chainbridge Honey, while Giacopazzi’s will have their Gelato Cart at the event selling their famous ice cream and warm ice cream buns.
Eyemouth Yarn Bombers are to provide unique, knitted decorations, which are sure to be impressive and surprising, going by the giant, pink bunny they created at Easter time.
The festival will go on whatever the weather as a marquee is being put up where people can eat and enjoy the music.
Around 1,300 visitors enjoyed the festival last year and organisers were able to secure a grant for a second year as a result of the pilot’s success. Scottish Borders Council’s Community Grant Scheme has given £1,535 to stage the festival this year which is listed as part of the Year of Food and Drink Scotland 2015, a Scottish Government initiative led in partnership by EventScotland, VisitScotland and Scotland Food and Drink.
Entrance to the event is free, but in order to generate funds to ensure the future sustainability of this event, organisers are hoping that people attending will take part in their fun activities to help raise money for years to come.
The 2015 Kirk Square Kitchen festival, which is organised by Eyemouth and District Chamber of Trade, takes place from 11-5pm on June 6 in the square at Eyemouth.