With some of Cornwall's most popular restaurants on its doorstep, it’s easy to see why North Cornwall has become a one-stop destination for foodies. But how does the region fair when it comes to independent food events? Here's a guide to five of the region's best food festivals.
The Cornish Arms Beer and Mussel Festival
Beer and mussels may sound an odd combination, but travel to The Cornish Arms Beer and Mussel Festival and we think you’ll be pleasantly surprised. This unique event takes place at Rick Stein’s famous gastropub, The Cornish Arms, and has become popular among food lovers and beer drinkers alike. Throughout the weekend, patrons can sample over 30 different beers and ciders, including ales from St Austell Brewery and Sharp’s Brewery. There’s a range of delicious mussel dishes on offer too, not to mention a full entertainment roster, making the Beer and Mussel Festival a must-see event.
When: 21st – 22nd March, 2015
Where: The Cornish Arms Beer and Mussel Festival, Churchtown, St Merryn, Padstow, Cornwall, PL28 8ND
Contact: 01841 532700; www.rickstein.com/beer-and-mussel-festival-2015
If you're a lover of beer, take a look at our 7 of the best breweries in Cornwall guide and choose one of the many great breweries to visit on your next trip.
Rock Oyster Festival
Celebrate Cornwall’s artisan food and independent culture at the 2015 Rock Oyster Festival. As one of the county’s largest food festivals, Rock Oyster is a vibrant event where great food and magnificent entertainment go hand in hand; think cooking demonstrations, live music, craft stalls and even high-flying circus performers. If you aren’t a fan of oysters, don’t fret, as there’s plenty of other gastronomic treats on offer, including steak, curry and an abundance of tasty seafood.
When: 11th July, 2015
Where: Rock Oyster Festival, Dinham House St Minver, Wadebridge, Cornwall, PL27 6RH
Newquay Fish Festival
Taking place on Newquay’s popular promenade, the Newquay Fish Festival is an undisputed success story. Since 2003, the event has event has grown at a tremendous rate, and now attracts over 20,000 visitors a year. Now in its 11th year, the 2015 fish festival promises more seafood celebration than ever before – with live music, cookery displays and a host of specialist seafood stalls. Some of Cornwall’s top chefs will descend on Newquay Harbour for this year’s event, and they’ll be offering up top culinary advice throughout the weekend.
When: 11th – 13th September, 2015
Where: Newquay Fish Festival, The Harbour, Newquay, Cornwall, TR7 1BD
Contact: 01637 854020; www.newquayfishfestival.co.uk
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Bude for Food
An inspiring medley of artisan food and top chefs make Bude for Food an attractive offer for food lovers. This two day event takes place in the grounds of Bude Castle, and features a packed programme of culinary events. Some of the chefs attending this year’s Bude for Food include Michelin-starred Paul Ainsworth – head chef of Number 6 restaurant in Padstow – as well as Emily Watkins from The Great British Menu. Throughout the weekend, visitors can sample an array of delicious, chef-prepared Cornish produce, before enjoying a tipple in the festival’s well-stocked bar – bliss.
When: 18th – 20th September, 2015
Where: Bude for Food Festival, Bude, Cornwall, EX23 8LG
Contact: 01288 321921; www.budeforfood.co.uk
If you're planning a visit to Bude, read through our best things to do in Bude guide to discover what else the town offers.
Boscastle Food, Arts & Craft Festival
The Boscastle Food, Arts & Craft Festival takes place from 3rd to 4th October in the ever-so charming village of Boscastle. This two day event has grown rapidly in recent years, with more stalls and exhibits planned for 2015 than ever before. From cookery demonstrations to wine tasting, the Boscastle Food, Arts & Craft Festival is a real treat, and best of all, a percentage of all proceeds go to local charities. Whether you’d like to stock your holiday home’s pantry with delicious local produce or pick up a handmade gift for a loved one back home, the Boscastle Food, Arts & Craft Festival is a must.
When: 1st – 4th October, 2015
Where: Boscastle Food Arts & Craft Festival, Boscastle, Cornwall, PL35 0HD
Contact: 01840 250010; www.boscastlefestival.co.uk
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