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The 2015 Festival was held from 29 - 31 May. Click on the images above to go to the Festival's main themes, and for the Festival's Programme  

Video and photos - we now have a brilliant videoclip of the Festival weekend, courtesy Gemma Miller, a visitor from Stirling - And the website now has photos of the Festival's Dancers, Pipe Band and Ceilidh by Gemma - and photos of the Classic Boat Rally by Alaistair Ramsay -

2015 Festival - Despite showers on Friday evening, the 2015 Festival attracted big crowds for its Pipe Band Parade from Waid Academy and in the big marquee there was lots of audience participation for Dunedin Dancers Scottish Country Dance display and for the later ceilidh with local band Nackytoosh.  Ceilidh enthusiasts travelled from as far as Aberdeen to attend the events.


The harbourfront events on Saturday drew a large crowd with the Merlesque Mermaids entertaining us with songs and stories of the sea, and with Fusion Performance Dance demonstrating their skills. In the big marquee the childrens crafts and amusements provided family entertainment to the accompaniment of jazz and folk/country bands. And the Saturday evening music event in the big marquee featured local Fence Collective musician Gummi Bako and blues/rock band Safehouse

All afternoon in the harbour the Rowing Regatta had eight skiffs from all around Fife competing in various fun races.The Interclub races were won by Newburgh and Fife respectively. The first ever Backwards Row Race was won by the home crew from Anstruther, and the Fancy Dress Relay Race, where the teams had to change Hawaiian themed costumes and lifejackets between races, was won by Newburgh

The Festival's Muster attracted about 30 visiting boats from all along the Forth and further afield, with the trophy for Furthest Travelled Boat won by a boat from Hartlepool, and for Best Dressed Boat (boats at the Muster are festooned with flags and pennants) going to "Kellya" owned by Gary Watson of Pittenweem

Twelve boats took part in the Festival's Classic Boat Rally, including two beautifully restored 1940's fishing vessels from the North East Maritime Trust in Newcastle and a quartet of Fifie fishing luggers from Anstruther, Eyemouth and Dunbar. The winner of the Festival's Classic Boat of the Year Trophy went to fishing lugger "Rose Leaf" of Anstruther, skippered by Sean Dooley.The winner of the Festival's Oldest Boat Trophy for boats that had travelled to Anstruther went to fishing lugger "Marean" of Dunbar, skippered by Bob Clunas. See photo gallery of the Classic Boat Rally

The Festival's East Neuk Food & Drink event in the marquee showcased local producers wares. There were Sea to Plate workshops by Elmwood College with ‘come dine with me’ tasting sessions featuring local seafood,  and JIm Knox of Fishermans Larder demonstrating everything you need to know about shellish

The Scottish Fisheries Museum's Open Day gave visitors free entry to the Museum's exhibitions and saw the Museum's 70' Reaper sailing drifter sail into harbour, bringing in the Fisher Lass & Lad for their naming ceremony. Anstruther Lifeboat's Open Day gave visitors the opportunity to tour the lifeboat station  and go on board the big lifeboat and meet the crew, while the inshore lifeboat gave rescue demonstrations in the harbour

Sunday saw the Festival's Craft Fair doing good business in the pavilion marquee and there was a full house in the big marquee for the interdenominational Service of the Sea

Stop press - for Courier report on 2015 Festival, see

Festival Grand Raffle -  the Festival's Grand Raffle had lots of fabulous prizes donated by local businesses - including Spindrift Hotel, Cellar Restaurant, Anstruther May Princess Pleasure Cruises, Osprey of Anstruther Rib trips, Craig Millar Restaurant St Monans,  East Pier Cafe/Smokehouse St Monans,  Boathouse Bar & Bistro Anstruther, Haven Restaurant Cellardyke, Pittenweem Cocoa Tree Chocolates, La Petite Epicerie Deli Anstruther, Ru An Fhodar Smokehouse St Monans, Ardross Farmshop, Crail Smoked-fired Wholefoods Shop, Crail Honeypot Tea Room, Crail Pottery, Balgrove Larder St Andrews, Kingsbarns Distillery, Cambolicious Beer Festival, Days Gone By Jams & Preserves

Opportunities for traders at 2015 Anstruther Harbour Festival  Thank you for all the enquiries we have had from traders interested in taking part in the Food & Drink event on Saturday and the Craft Fair on Sunday, but we are now fully subscribed

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Funding provided by Fife Council's  Local Area Budget, Common Good Fund, Community Events Budget and Anstruther Community Council




                                                                                                                                                  David Barnett               DAVID BARNETTT CATERING    


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