While the weather put paid to the Highland Games planned in Cupar and on Kirkcaldy beach over the weekend, there were still plenty of events to keep Fifers occupied.
Sunday saw the climax of this year’s Limekilns River Festival, hosted by Forth Cruising Club, and catered for all tastes with craft stalls and river activities both to watch and participate in.
The spectacular sail-past and the popular Limekilns raft race were crowd favourites, although there was an abundance of things to see and do throughout the weekend – including high-speed trips under the Queensferry Crossing.
Another event making a splash in Fife, of course, was the annual double-handed coble boat race at Newburgh, continuing a long-standing tradition harking back to the days of commercial salmon fishing on the River Tay.
Saturday was also gala day in a number of areas, including Dalgety Bay and Hillend.
The theme of this year’s Dalgety Bay and Hillend Gala was pirates and princesses, and there were plenty of pirate hats and pretty dresses on show as the event took place at Dalgety Bay Sports Centre.
Several local groups were involved in the parade from Jubilee Park which was led by the Royal Party headed by King Fraser Cranston and Queen Jennifer O’Neill, from Donibristle Primary School.
The afternoon also saw plenty of activities for all the family, including a shopping village, the Neverland tent and the Tinkerbell tent, while the arena also played host to a range of displays and live entertainment.
There were similar festivities up the coast in Kinghorn, where cowboys and cowgirls had a hoedown as part of the Kinghorn Children’s Gala celebrations.
The Wild West was the theme for the annual children’s gala parade, and saw costumes inspired by the American frontier.
Children and adults in fancy dress walked in procession through the village, led by this year’s royal party, gala king and queen James Mercer and Eve Ness and attendants Isla Duncan and Ryan McIlravie.
The parade was followed by a sports afternoon, barbecue and disco.
And in Leven, Mountfleurie Primary pupil Elise Birrell was crowned this year’s Rose Queen and led a parade through the town centre joined by her attendants.
That was be followed by a community concert involving Kennoway Town Pipe Band, primary school choirs and local singers, gymnasts and dancers, and a children’s fancy dress competition in the afternoon.
The event marks the start of Leven Civic Week, which saw the Rose Queen visit local nursing homes on Sunday and the Sunshine Club at Scoonie Bowling Club on Tuesday.
Finally, anyone craving something delicious to eat or drink over the weekend would have been in their element at this year’s Crail Food Festival.
Cementing its place as one of Scotland’s major food festivals, the Crail Food Festival returned for its seventh year with a whole host of demonstrations, tastings and talks laid on to satisfy even the fussiest of appetites.
Even the weather played ball on Saturday, with the rain clearing to let foodies concentrate on the wide variety of stalls and sessions springing up throughout the picturesque coastal village in the East Neuk.
Hands-on cookery teacher Jenny Thomson opened Saturday’s programme, with honey and preserve specialist Heather Hills, Fife’s Food Ambassador Christopher Trotter, Wullie Balfour from SRUC Elmwood and acclaimed chef Justin Maule attracting sizeable crowds for their demonstrations.
Luvians celebrated World Gin Day with a tasting in the Royal British Legion Hall, which is also where the St Andrews Farmhouse Cheese Company gave people the chance to try some amazing local cheeses.
Sunday continued in a similar fashion, with Stuart MacAulay from St Andrews favourite The Adamson kicking things off, followed by a cocktail tasting session – again through The Adamson.
Other highlights included demonstrations from Michelin-starred chef Geoffrey Smeddle, ice cream maestro Owen Hazel from Janettas Gelateria, and Craig Millar, from the 2 AA Rosette 16 West End in St Monans.