Top Cornish Food Festivals
Every year, hordes of tourists flock to Cornwall to swim, surf, and sightsee. Here at FFF, we’re also fans of Cornwall, but mainly because of its festivals. To spread the love, we’ve compiled a list of the top festivals in the county that should be pencilled into your diary.
Daytime and evening live music will range from classical to country and rock to reggae with lots of local bands and some international acts. Porthleven even has its very own fringe festival featuring literary events, arts and family entertainment.
Entry to the main food festival is free, but tickets are required for the After Dark parties. The music line-up can be found on the Porthleven Food Festival website, as can helpful advice on transport and places to stay. Check back in January for a complete list of the 2017 exhibitors and the full line-up of chefs.
With over 220 years of experience, the Royal Cornwall Show knows how to run an event. This fantastic three day extravaganza will feature traditional events such as livestock competitions and parades, flower shows, a festival of dance, and an exhibition of steam, in addition to more modern activities including motocross displays and an air show by the RAF Falcons. After sampling the diverse array of activities at the show, attendees are invited to be wined and dined at the numerous stalls which will be dotted around the grounds. With enough activities to keep everyone entertained, there really is no reason not to attend.
On the Northwest coast of Cornwall sits an idyllic town called Rock. Although somewhat unheard of, Rock boasts a local produce so delicious, it deserves its own festival. There’ll be cookery demonstrations, a farmers market, fully stocked bars and a plethora of children’s activities on this day celebrating all things oyster. Conveniently set in the middle of summer, you’re almost guaranteed to be enjoying the rock oyster festival armed with your sun cream and sunglasses (even with our shoddy British weather).
With coastlines more suited to a tropical paradise, the Scilly Isles are one of the UK’s lesser known treasures. The islands of Tresco and Bryher will both be hosting events, giving attendees the opportunity to experience some tasty treats with a beautiful backdrop. The festival will be well equipped to feed the hungry hordes with beef, pastries, crab and lobster, ice cream, and a selection of beverages to wash it all down with including wine, ales and much, much more. There’ll also be talks, workshops and cookery demonstrations.
Following the crowds which descended upon last year’s shenanigans, the Little Orchard Festival will once again be combining cider and music to create an event which promises to be bigger, better and bursting with things to see and do. The festival will comprise of over 100 real ale and craft ciders from across Cornwall and beyond, and an impressive music line-up. There’ll also be various tents and marquees offering tasty treats and cider sampling to keep attendees sufficiently fed and watered, plus cider walks, tractor rides and a silent disco to keep attendees entertained.
Intent on educating attendees about the unknown world of fishing practices and the fantastic, fresh seafood of the area, Newquay Fish Festival provides a programme jam-packed with things to see and do. There’ll be cookery demonstrations, sandcastle competitions, live music and a big party to end the weekend with a bang. Restaurants in the area will also be joining the celebrations with special menus available for the duration of the festival to highlight the fabulous fish Newquay has to offer.
In celebration of the beginning of the oyster season, Falmouth rolls out the welcome mat and invites all to join the celebration of this special seafood. Each year promises a cookery demonstration and book signing by a big name in the cookery business (2017s chef is yet to be announced, so keep checking back), in addition to a whole range of events including a parade, live music and a host of local fisherman and producers presenting their goods in the festival marquee. For the competitive there’ll also be an oyster-shucking competition. So if you’re a lover of these exquisite molluscs, make sure you head to Falmouth this October.