For 2017, Anstruther Harour Festival will again revive Anstruther's historic market-day 'Anster Fair', on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28thMay. The market-day is immortalised in the burlesque epic poem "Anster Fair" written by local man William Tennant in 1812, which is set in the Scotland of James VI. The last verse of the poem records just how popular Anster Fair was in those days   

Nor sigh the young alone for ANSTER FAIR; old men and wives, erewhile content to die

who hardly can forsake their easy chair, to take farewell of sun and sky

with new desire of life now glowing, pray  that they may just o’erlive our famous market-day

The poem's full 60 verses can be seen on http://spenserians.cath.vt.edu/TextRecord.php?action=GET&textsid=3583

Appropriately, the Festival’s Anster Fair revival in 2016 was made possible by McCarthy & Stone's generous sponsorship. McCarthy & Stone's Regional Managing Director, Steve Wiseman comments  ‘We are proud to sponsor this year’s Anstruther Harbour Festival, and particularly delighted to hear that our sponsorship has enabled the revival of the Anster Fair. With a packed programme in place, I’m confident this year’s Harbour Festival will be one to remember! Work on our brand new development on Bankwell Road is now underway, and we look forward to working closely with the local community as the development progresses.’

For the East Fife Mail's 18 May 2016 article on Anster Fair, see http://www.fifetoday.co.uk/what-s-on/anster-fair-set-to-be-revived-this-summer-1-4130881

Anster Fair at Anstruther Harbour Festival 2017 will  held on the morning and afternoon of both Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th May. Our Anster Fair had craft stalls and local artisan food sellers in a dedicated big marquee on the Folly harbourfront, plus art workshops, live music and childrens' activities in the Festival's other big marquee on the middle pier, and street entertainers.

Anster Fair on Saturday 5 and 6 June 2016 had the following artists and businesses offering their wares

Art & Crafts : Funky Scottish, Danielle Dryburgh (artist), Val McKee - Jewellery Maker, Barbara Gillies, Annette & Gordon Rae - Driftwood pieces, Fife Folk Museum

Food : Fisherman's Larder (seafood) also doing seafood demonstrations, Ardross Farm Shop, St Andrews Farmhouse Cheese, Pittenweem Cocoa Tree Chocolates, KIngsbatns Distillery, Greens Fruit and Veg. Crail, Barnetts Artisan Bread Makers,, Cheesy Toast Shack , Anstruther Allotments Association, Soroptimists International Home Baking, Ayrshire Confections Home Made Sweets, Arran Cheese Shop, Waid Academy Hospitality Department Home Baking, Macmillan Cancer Home Baking, Pets’ Pantry

Anster Fair on Sunday 5 and 6 June 2016 had the following artists and businesses offering their wares

Art & Crafts : Funky Scottish, Danielle Dryburgh - artist, Fiona Perry - Driftwood sea-based artwork, Fife Folk Museum, Betty Bubbles, Fife Folk Museum

Food : Fisherman's Larder (seafood) also doing seafood demonstrations, Ardross Farm Shop, St Andrews Farmhouse Cheese, Pittenweem Cocoa Tree Chocolates, KIngsbatns Distillery, Greens Fruit and Veg. Crail, Barnetts Artisan Bread Makers, Cheesy Toast Shack, Soroptimists International Home Baking, Ayrshire Confections - Home Made Sweets, Arran Cheese Shop, Anstruther Allotments Association, Macmillan Cancer - Home Baking, Waid Academy Hospitality Department - Home Baking, Pets’ Pantry