Cultural charity ONFife is tapping into its creative strengths to reconnect with customers and support food and drinks businesses in the kingdom.
Using the historic Adam Smith Theatre in Kirkcaldy as a location, ONFife is creating a twice-weekly outdoor café and bar that brings together food and drink from six producers in Fife and is encouraging the community to show their support for local businesses – all in a safe environment.
ONFife, as Fife Cultural Trust is better known, manages and operates more than 50 theatres, libraries, museums and galleries and cultural partnerships on behalf of Fife Council and, like other cultural organisations, has been hit hard by the pandemic.
Judy Rae, ONFife’s Head of Business Development said,
“We wanted to embark on a creative venture that would re-engage the local community and have them support Fife businesses,”
“Having fantastic produce in Fife and this beautiful building in our estate is a great combination. It’s the first time we’ve worked in collaboration with Fife suppliers and we hope it’s going to lead to closer working in future as our venues start to emerge from lockdown.”
The result is The Advantage Café & Bar, which will be popping up at the theatre every Friday and Saturday from next week, giving the town centre a great place to enjoy an alfresco coffee, breakfast, lunch, chill-out with a cooling drink – or indulge in a bit of escapism in these challenging times with a luxury afternoon tea.
The café and bar will operate fully in line with Scottish Government guidelines and appropriate social distancing and there will also be a take-away option.
The Advantage will be offering a real taste of summer with a big helping of great producers – coming on board are much-loved Kirkcaldy favourites, Kangus Coffee House and the Buffalo Farm; from St Andrews will be the award-winning Jannettas Gelateria, St Andrews Brewing Co and Eden Mill Gin; and providing hand-crafted bespoke afternoon tea will be cake and food experience company Hatters from Newburgh.
“ONFife’s wider ShineOnFife project, which was created in response to the pandemic, has been highlighting the best activities going on in the kingdom during lockdown so it’s great to continue that by bringing together great producers to shine the spotlight on them,”
“In these difficult times we all need to be able to relax in a safe environment and we are delighted to provide a way for people to enjoy some amazing food and drink, from Jannettas award-winning ice-cream to a famed Buffalo Farm Burger to a taste of St Andrews Brewing Co’s finest brews.
“We also hope people will want to show their support for ONFife. As a charity, the profit from the venture will go to help our theatres, museums, galleries and libraries at a time when the culture sector faces real challenges.”
Tony Strachan, of Kangus Coffee House, said:
“We’re delighted to be working in partnership with Fife Cultural Trust. Judy and the team at the Trust have given us a wonderful opportunity and we are very excited to be out and about and keeping Kangus alive.”
The Advantage, which takes its name from the economic theory of absolute advantage put forward by 18th century economist and philosopher Adam Smith who was born in Kirkcaldy, opens on Friday, 24 July, and will initially be open from 10am on Fridays and Saturdays until September.
“However, we will be listening to what our customers want and possibly will open on more days, or for longer times, if people want to join us,”