Fancy yourself a foodie?
Then the Fine Food & Dining Society is the place for you.
Our mission is to show students that you need not spend four years living off frozen pizza and tinned beans. Being in St Andrews means we are surrounded by farms, fresh seafood and an extraordinarily high number of local food shops per square foot. We want to show you how to take advantage of all this deliciousness. Founded in 2009 we quickly became one of the largest and most popular societies at the university. We are the largest University society, one of the most active and consistently union-acclaimed: we have won the award for Best Society twice. We pride ourselves on providing top-notch services and events for the St Andrews food-enthusiast.
We seek to teach members about food and cookery by running weekly cooking classes taught by the student-run committee or by local chefs. Ever wondered how to fillet a fish? Spin sugar? To properly bake bread? Create gourmet Christmas gift? How to break down a pigeon? We can show you how! They’ve sold out every 2 weeks since they began in 2009, and fret not, we make a point of catering to all levels of experience! Sign-ups will be open exclusively for members at Freshers' Fayre. In the evening sign-ups for non-members will go live on our website.
We believe that eating out is just an important part of living and that it should be affordable to do so. We organise dining events which are offered at student-friendly rates - and are further subsidised for our members - so we can take advantage of the hugely talented and diverse array of local chefs in Fife. Past events have included the curry night and the boozy brunch with Hotel du Vin (see the photo)!
We also organise smaller-scale and less formal events a few times per semester. This range in nature and scale. For example, we participated in Green Week collaborating with Zest on specialty coffee event. Every year you can find our food stall at the Christmas Ball. You could also met us at St Andrews Film Festival and DRA Garden Party. So put down your cup-o-noodles and come eat with us instead.
Since 2009 we managed to establish close ties with local businesses who became our sponsors. As a result, membership benefits include free or heavily discounted entry to all our events, along with discounts from our various sponsors shown below.
* Luvian’s Bottle Shop: 10% off events, 7.5% off wine and beer
* Zest Café: 25% off courses/trainings
* Tailend, Seafood Restaurant: 10% off fresh fish
* St Andrews Wine Company: 10% off wine, points on original sale price
* IJ Mellis, Cheesemonger: 10% off, 20% off purchases over £20
* Hotel du Vin: 15% off food and dining experiences
* Jannettas Gelateria: 10% off Monday-Friday
* Cook Central: 10% off
* Rocca Deli: 10% off (excluding meal deal)
* Minicks, Traditional Butcher: 10% off orders over £5 (excluding Christmas and Thanksgiving orders)
* Kazoku, Sushi Restaurant: 10% off food
Membership is a mere £15 for the whole year or £8 for a single semester.
How to join?
You can sign up in person at Fresher’s fayre or online at any time by visiting our website http://standrewsfoodsoc.wixsite.com/finefoodanddining . You will receive a membership card which you will have to show every time you want to use the discount.
Want to get involved in running the society?
Join the committee! In September we will be looking for the following roles: Freshers Rep, Second Year Rep, Ordinary Member and Publicity Officer. If you want to learn what each position entails, message the committee through our Facebook page. Stay tuned for more info!