• 20/02/14
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By Mags Hall

Firstly, a huge thank you to everyone who came along to our AGM, conference and Ceilidh last Saturday in Cupar. We hope you enjoyed the day as much as us, tried some of the tasty food, and enjoyed some good conversations with like minded people. And to all of you who stayed till the bitter end and treated us to your spectacularly enthusiastic ceilidh dancing – you are legends.

A special thank you must go to all our volunteers on the day who cooked, peeled, scrubbed, lugged boxes and made excellent cups of coffee – without you the day wouldn’t have been possible.

Now the work begins to compile all your thoughts, ideas and dreams together and plan the coming year of funded work. Over the next week we’ll be blogging more about the open space session, our review of the year, and the food served up on the day, but to kick us off here are some highlights of the day.

If you have any photos of the event you’d like to share, please email them to mags@maryland.cochranfirmcriminaldefense.com and we can add them to our album.


Over 100 people joined us at the Corn Exchange in Cupar, where we kicked off the day with our AGM and review of the year. There will be more to follow on this shortly, including copies of our annual report and accounts available on line. Afterwards we split in two – a crack team stayed up stairs to discuss the future of the project in a facilitated Open Space session, whilst downstairs…


We were mesmerised by the Tree of Fife. The beautiful art installation has been a work in progress by our growing facilitator Elly since way back in summer last year. A big thanks to Fergus for help with the construction too, and everyone who made jam, chutney and pickles for the tree. What flavours can you spots here?

IMG_2796Our workshop teams helped prepare dinner. We ran three sessions during the afternoon, making the cabbage rolls and falafels for the starter, and rosemary shortbread for the pudding. The enthusiasm from the participants made it all taste even better.  It was so good to see such a range of people and ages getting together to cook – this is what the Fife Diet is all about.

IMG_2819Click here for recipes of the food made in the workshops and served for dinner.

IMG_2731We got in a jam over the food system. Well, in a way! Elly shared some of the jams from the Tree of Fife whilst discussing our food coop proposals. More enthusiastic members volunteered their time and skills for the steering committee, and we’re excited about holding our next meeting in March. The wonderful Waste of Paint Productions brought our vision to life with the cardboard food coop – keep an eye on the website and our newsletters over the following year to see this become reality.



IMG_2780Mrs Mash kept us all entertained with foodie stories. Is there anyone who doesn’t love Mrs Mash? She’s our favourite. And it was her birthday last week too – happy birthday!


We experienced tastes of Scotland, past and present. We were very pleased to be joined by author Catherine Brown, who shared her extensive knowledge of our country’s diet, and brought along some samples which we eagerly tucked into. We saw lots of people take one of her excellent books home with them, so hopefully you’ll all be read up on your food history for our next event!

IMG_2748We were still smiling, even come dinner time. These guys came all the way from Stirling Uni to volunteer on the day – and what a brilliant job they did. Special thanks too to Martin MacDonald who co-ordinated the cooking team – we’ll be using MacDonalds catering again some time!

SAM_0261And just when it was time to put our feet up, the dancing began. We tried to take photos of the ceilidh, but you were all dancing so energetically there is nothing but a blurry memory left. Now to start thinking about next year’s event. It’s going to be a biggie…