With the summertime Cornish food festival season nearly upon on us, we have put together a short guide to some of our favourite events. There are so many fantastic festivals across the length and breadth of the county, all of the brilliant and unique in their own way. This summer its time to get out and about, support your local producers and have some fun!
Porthleven Food & Music Festival
26th April 2014
Marking the start of the summer festival season, Porthleven Food & Music Festival was a roaring success despite the wind and rain last weekend. With a fantastic line up of chef demonstrations, Cornish producers and delicious dishes on offer, a little drizzle was not nearly enough to damped spirits as visitors braved the gloomy weather to support this marvellous event.
Celebrity chef Antony Worrell Thompson has been Patron of the Porthleven Festival since it first began six years ago and joined a host of local talent in the main marquee for live cooking demonstrations. Visitors were spoilt for choice with hot food stalls ranging from Filipino delicacies and authentic Japanese sushi to more traditional Cornish pasties and pies. Down by the harbour, the Kernow Sausage Company team were serving up sizzling hot dogs, made freshly to order, to the hungry crowds. With cracking live music from acts such as Ben Waters, Duncan Disorderly and Bobby’s Helmet over the weekend, visitors were dancing the night away.
Porthleven has seen its fair share of storms this winter, so it was lovely to see such energy and support from locals, plenty of them enjoying an award-winning Kernow sausage of course! Get the full story at the Porthleven Food & Music Festival website.
Royal Cornwall Show
5th- 7th June 2014
Long established as the quintessential Cornish summer event, Royal Cornwall Show always brings together a colourful blend of fun, farming and foodie goodies across the three days. Equine enthusiasts will be thrilled to hear about the show’s newest addition, The Mounted Games, which will see teams competing in a range of exhilarating obstacle and relay races. Head over to the flower show for a glimpse at some beautiful displays and the ‘Cooking with Herbs Masterclass’ from our friends at Philleigh Way Cookery School.
Over in the Food & Farming Pavilion, the county’s proud producers offer visitors the chance to sample proper Cornish produce, from hand-made fudge from Buttermilk Confections to craft beer from Harbour Brewing Company. While you’re there, don’t forget to look out for the Kernow Sausage Company stall where you can pick up fridge packs to take home, along with dry cured bacon and sausage sandwiches. For more information, take a peek at the full schedule on the Royal Cornwall Show website.
Newlyn Fish Festival
25th August 2014
A firm favourite on everyone’s calendar, Newlyn Fish Festival raises funds for The Fishermen’s Mission and offers the public a glimpse into the world beyond the harbour. Celebrating its 25th anniversary at this year’s event, organisers promise more fun, food and fish than you can shake a stick at. A full schedule of live music is planned to get visitors’ feet tapping, while down at The Fish Tales Tent youngsters can enjoy a jig and a giggle at Squashbox Theatre’s production of ‘The Sea Show’. You can also cheer on the crews to victory at the impressive Lugger-Rowing World Championship, now in its third year.
Of course, the main attraction is over at the fish market where the prestigious Cornish Fishmonger of the Year competition and fish auction are held. Here, an impressive display created by Passionate About Fish gives visitors the chance to get up close and personal with a wide assortment of species, all caught from this side of the Atlantic. We will be joining a hoard of other local fishers, farmers and producers in the market, showing off the finest and freshest food available in Cornwall. With the vibrant range of foodie treats on offer, Newlyn Fish Festival is so much more than just a tribute to scaly swimmers; it promises to be a wonderful day out for one and all. Find our more and plan your visit at the Newlyn Fish Festival website.
Bude for Food Festival
20th- 21st September 2014
An exciting new addition this summer, the Bude for Food Festival has been created by a group of passionate locals to celebrate the immense variety of artisanal food and drink that is grown, made and produced in the area. Held on the stunning grounds of Bude Castle, the weekend promises to be jam packed with celebrity chef demonstrations, foodie master classes and great live entertainment. With hot food stalls and sweets treats along with a real ale bar, there will be plenty of options to keep your rumbling tum at bay. For more information please visit the Bude for Food Festival website.
The Great Cornish Food Festival
26th- 28th September 2014
Finishing up the festival season in style, The Great Cornish Food Festival is the biggest bash anywhere dedicated solely to Cornish food and drink. Held at Truro’s Lemon Quay, the festival is a true foodie heaven and perfect for those wanting to tickle their taste buds. Building on the success of previous Cornwall Food & Drink Festivals, the organisers have given the event a new look and feel designed to showcase the pride that local producers have in their products and entice visitors from far and wide to experience Cornish cuisine at its best.
Visitors can not only fill their boots with an array of carefully crafted produce, but can also pick up new tips and kitchen inspiration from the parade of celebrated chefs featured on the main stage. Over in the Croust Bar, just follow your nose to the sizzling sausages and chow down on one of our gourmet Kernow Sausage Company hot dogs. Read all about this fabulous event at The Great Cornish Food Festival website.