The county of Cornwall has one of the best reputations across the whole of the UK for food and drink, and it celebrates this with a veritable feast of food festivals. Many consider the Cornish sea food to be the jewel in Cornwall’s food crown, and the festivals that are held in Newquay, Falmouth and Newlyn showcase the freshest shellfish and fish that is caught around the coast, and there are also demonstration from top chefs and samples to tempt your taste buds.
August Bank Holiday is the date to put in your diary if you want to celebrate everything fish in one of the most original and distinctive of all the Cornish fishing ports. The fish festival at Newlyn is the largest of its kind in the whole country, and you will find an enormous display of fish, 6 cookery demonstrations from top local chefs, fish auctions, a workshop involving everything to do with lobsters and the ‘Big Fish Filleting Challenge’. Fresh, cooked and smoked fish is also available to buy.
The fish festival at Newquay runs between the 9-11 September, and is growing in popularity every year with more to see and sample than ever before. Sample stunning fish dishes, watch the local chefs rustling up amazing meals using local produce and purchase a huge range of the best of food and produce from Cornwall.
The chefs which attend the festival are the stars of the show, and take part in flamboyant demos to show of the best of their culinary skills, and the best bit being that you get to eat their creations. As well as the live cooking there is a pilchard bbq, smoked fish, crab sandwiches, fish filleting demos, oysters, on site fish sales and a whole plethora of other fishy goings on.
There is also be a range of Cornish foods to buy and craft stalls to browse around, as well as entertainment and lots of fun for the family. This great weekend is being held at the hidden gem in Newquay, the Harbour.
The imposing city of Truro is the venue for Cornwall Food & Drink Festival which draws thousands of visitors to the event which takes place from 23rd to 25th September. The festival is the biggest celebration of Cornish food and drink in the county attracting artisan producers from chocolate to chutney; bakery to butchery; ice cream to clotted cream; or pasties to paella – whatever your fancy, this festival has got it licked, with the finest quality produce from all over Cornwall. If that’s not enough, come and see at least a dozen of the county’s top chefs in action and learn new tricks and hot tips from selected food experts. Kids can get creative in the Funky Food Zone and, new for this year, the festival fun goes on after sunset with some special treats for true food lovers.
The first weekend in October sees the Boscastle Food, Arts & Crafts Festival with eight fabulous Cornish Chefs demonstrating over the weekend, including high rising stars such as Nathan Outlaw, proud owner of 2 Michelin Stars from the St Enodoc Hotel, Andy Appleton from Fifteen Cornwall, three chefs from outstanding restaurants in Padstow including winner of this year’s desert course for the Great British Menu Paul Ainsworth from Number 6, Paul Harwood from Rick Stein’s St.Petroc’s Bistro and Adrian Oliver from Margot’s, also Phil Thomas from Rosewarne Manor and Aaron Janes from Silks Bistro at Newquay’s Atlantic Hotel. A host of stalls will be selling and sampling Cornish food and drink and original arts and crafts in the huge marquees in this picturesque harbour side village.
Special guest Tim Anderson, winner of BBC MasterChef 2011 will open Falmouth Oyster Festival with a cookery demonstration. The festival is a Cornish cornucopia of stalls brimming with oysters, seafood, wine and other delicacies takes place from 13th to 16th October. Timed to celebrate the start of the oyster season, the event celebrates the Falmouth Working Boats and oyster punts which trawl the natural oyster beds of the surrounding area using traditional methods to harvest the prized local native oysters renowned for their sweet, delicate flavour. Cookery demonstrations with top local chefs and live music add to your visit, while you can sit and taste a variety of seafood and other dishes and take in the unique festival atmosphere.
VisitCornwall are offering a two night break with extra treats for two people at the St Michael’s Hotel and Spa in Falmouth during the Oyster Festival, see the ‘win’ page on the I Love Cornwall website www.ilovecornwall.com For a full listing of events in Cornwall and inspiration for where to stay and things to do and see in Cornwall see www.visitcornwall.com.