Cornwall is a real destination for foodies. Over the years the county has developed an impressive reputation for fine producers and incredible eateries. On holiday in Cornwall you can eat at establishments such as Rick Stein’s Seafood Cafe, Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Restaurant and Paul Ainsworth’s No.6 in Padstow. Cornwall is home to fabulous producers too, many selling fine foods at monthly and weekly farmers markets, through local delis and farm shops and at larger scale events.
If you are on holiday and you want to absorb some Cornish
food culture then a food festival is your best bet. At these festivals you’ll
find the producers and chefs in the same place. Sample foods and watch how the
professionals prepare food in live demos and take some delightful ingredients
home with you. Here are some great food festivals to check out.
Porthleven Food Festival, 21st-23rd April 2017
The picturesque fishing harbour plays host to a fine food
festival. The festival itself has many stalls, a main marquee with producers
and demo area as well as entertainment tent with live music and other
entertainment for little ones. Spend a day sampling food and ale around the
harbour and dance the night away with friends on full stomachs. This is one of
our favourite events of the year, a great day out for folks of all ages with
something for every taste.
St Ives Food Festival, 13th-14th May 2017
St Ives has a reputation for art and beautiful beaches. St Ives Food Festival is based on the world
renowned Porthminster beach. The beach itself is home to Porthminster Cafe, with
its own notable reputation for fresh seafood and foraged ingredients. The
festival boasts a multitude of suppliers and producers alongside an excellent
programme of chef demos. Take the time to feel the sand between your toes
whilst enjoying some fine food, then take in the delights of St Ives
restaurants in the evening.
Great Cornish Food Festival, 22nd-24th September 2017 (TBC)
The big one. Three days celebrating everything that is both
great and tasty in Cornish food. The festival is hosted by Cornwall Food and Drink
on the Lemon Quay in the centre of Truro. The county’s finest chefs deliver
demos and the huge marquee and outside market area provides the space for
hundreds of producers. This is a show not to be missed, and we love attending
as our head chef Joe Lado-Devesa usually delivers a chef demo each year on the
Friday of the event.
Newlyn Fish Festival, Late August
The historic fishing town hosts an annual day long fish
festival. Here the finest chefs deliver cooking demos with locally landed fresh
fish and stall holders sell produce inspired by the sea. There is also live
music and other entertainment such as gig spring races (Cornish rowing boats).
Always busy, but well worth a visit!
Newquay Fish Festival, Mid September (TBC)
Into its 14th year this festival in Newquay
brings together a craft and food fair alongside cooking demos, music and more
on Newquay harbour. Be sure to take in the festival and enjoy a refreshing pint
on the veranda of Newquay Rowing Club.