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Food and Drink Festival Highlights, Cornwall 2013

Posted on 14th February 2013 by ewwwebdev There have been 0 comments

Whether you're planning a trip to Cornwall in the coming months or want to make the most of living in this rural food haven, here is our round up of events not to miss in 2013.

Porthleven Food Festival - 20th April

A food festival with great credentials, but which doesn't take itself too seriously, and organisers who know how to put on a show. Enjoy live music, street performers and plenty of interactive experiences for every age group. The festival takes place on Porthleven's picturesque harbour, centred around roughly 80 food stalls. You can meet local producers and enjoy demos from a selection of Cornwall's most innovative chefs. This year's theme is 'Sourced from the Sea' in celebration of the town's fishing heritage. The website has loads of helpful information on transport links and the 2013 year's schedule: www.porthlevenfoodfestival.com/

St Ives Food and Drink Festival - 18th & 19th May

What better location for a Cornish food festival than right on the beach? Porthminster Beach and it's well-loved Beach Cafe play host this year, for what's hoped will be the biggest and best St Ives Food and Drink Festival yet. A marquee will be positively bursting at the seams with local producers, all keen to tempt you with delicious tasters, entirely free from sand of course. Get to know the chefs of St Ives and beyond, as some of Cornwall's biggest personalities take to the stage to win over audiences with their inspiring recipes. Look out for a demo from Porthminster Exec Chef Michael Smith, and also experts talks and guidance on gathering and using seaweed with local foragers. This is also a key date in the calender for Cornish drinks producers - ciders, ales, wine and more will be there with bells on! Find out more at www.stivesfoodanddrinkfestival.co.uk/

Asparagus Festival - 19th May

Building a food festival around a single, very seasonal vegetable may seem a little indulgent, but if anything deserves this honour it must be these magical green shoots. Local chefs will show you a plethora of ways to enjoy this food-stuff, and local asparagus producers will be on hand to pass on their enthusiasm. There will be plenty of other goodies available too from food stalls of all descriptions. The festival is held at the Penventon Park Hotel near Redruth. Check out https://cornwallasparagusfestival.co.uk for more info.


The Gurnard's Head Cider and Ale Festival - 'Don't Wake the Fish!' - 25th & 26th May

One of Cornwall's favourite food destinations, The Gurnard's Head may be out on a limb, located as it is between Zennor and the edge of the known universe, yet those in the know descend here in their droves for Sunday lunches. It's location, clothed in fields laced with well-trodden footpaths and little else, makes it ideal for this foot-stomping mini-festival which features a vast array of local brews to choose from, as you enjoy a smattering of up-beat folk. Food stalls and a BBQ will nourish you well into the night. Keep an eye on The Gurnard's Facebook Page for more details when they get round to it.....

Rock Oyster Festival - 21st - 23rd June

This food festival is all about the finer things in life. Set in the grounds of Dinham House overlooking the estuary, visitors munch their way through mountains of oysters, sip champagne and enjoy music and artistic interludes. If that all sounds a little horizontal, the festival also includes cookery demos from local chefs and there’s the eagerly-anticipated oyster shucking competition. Cornwall's brilliant foodie flag-bearer, chef Nathan Outlaw, whose eponymous restaurant is just up the road at St Enodoc Hotel, is sure to put in an appearance. Live music ranges from gypsy folk to reggae, the bar is well stocked, and if that brings you back round to horizontal, there’s plenty of camping space on site. www.rockoysterfestival.co.uk tells you everything you need!

Fowey Mussel Fest - 22nd - 23rd June

With a traditional Cornish seafaring theme, Fowey Mussel Fest brings you pirates, boat trips, sword fights, public executions and sea shanties. There will also be a fair few Fowey river mussels, cooked in myriad ways, which you can enjoy as you wander the streets of this great little town. Chef demos and various events are scheduled, our tip is Glynn Wellington of Fowey's 'The Bistro'. Go to the Visit Cornwall Website for more info on this year's festival.



Newlyn Fish Festival - 26th August

Newlyn has been landing top quality fish for centuries and the daily life of the town still centres around the busy harbour. This popular fish festival celebrates the best seafood you're likely to find anywhere and supports the crucial work of the Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen. Browse an enormous display of fish, watch chef demos and fishmongery competitions, and have a nose around luggers, gigs, fishing boats and lifeboats. The Fish Tales Tent is brilliant, with local storytellers on hand to scare small children. Cheer them up with bouncy castles, face painting and crazy theatre. Visit one of our favourite Cornish chefs Ben Tunnicliffe at The Tolcarne, for a top festival food experience! www.newlynfishfestival.org.uk

Cornwall Food and Drink Festival - 27th - 29th September

It's a tried and tested formula of marquees and chefs demos, and a location on Lemon Quay in Truro guarantees a busy event. For a snapshot of the depth and strength of Cornish food producers and cooking talent you can't beat it, and it's a great opportunity to shop local in the heart of the city! Schedule to be announced soon. www.cornwallfoodanddrink.co.uk/events/cornwall-food-drink-festival-2013/

Falmouth Oyster Festival - 10th - 13th October

The Falmouth Oyster Festival celebrates the start of the dredging season for this traditional oyster fishery. As well as the usual marquees featuring local produce and chef masterclasses taking place, enjoy live music, a working boat race and an oyster shucking competition. Comedy and gourmet nights also take place during the festival, which is located on Events Square, by the National Maritime Museum. Find out more about visiting at www.falmouthoysterfestival.co.uk

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