Food & Drink Events in South Cornwall

With a cuisine dominated by fresh seafood and home grown produce, South Cornwall offers a diverse and varied menu to the discerning foodie. Get to grips with the region’s produce at one of these food and drink events taking place over the next few months.

Oyster Gathering & Cornish Produce Festival

A plate of oysters from Oyster Gathering FestivalSteamed Oysters by Extra Zebra is licensed under CC 2.0

Taking place at the end of the River Fal’s Oyster fishing season, the Oyster Gathering & Cornish Produce Festival is a special event beloved by locals and tourists alike. The oyster may not be to everyone’s taste, but those native to the Fal are of significant importance to Falmouth and the South Cornish coast. The festival celebrates the oyster in all its forms, and there are special events scheduled throughout the weekend showcasing how to prepare and serve these tasty delicacies. Those not partial to the oyster can enjoy other wonderful Cornish cuisine, including sardines, clotted cream scones and a selection of locally brewed beers.

When: 10am – 10pm, 27th – 29th March 2015

Where: Oyster Gathering & Seafood Harvest, Princes of Wales Pier, Falmouth, Cornwall, TR11 3DF

Contact: 07807 290315

If you're visiting Falmouth in fishing season read through our fishing trips in Falmouth guide to discover the best places to fish, what equipment you'll need and more.

Fal River Festival

Crab from Fal River FestivalImage by Aurelien Guichard is licensed under CC 2.0

The Fal River Festival is an annual event celebrating the diverse culture, heritage, places and people of the Fal River. Now in its tenth year, the festival features over 150 different events taking place over a ten day period from 22nd to 31st May. Food lovers will be in their element at the festival, with a plethora of culinary happenings on offer including cookery demonstrations, a three-day fish festival, and various local produce stalls. What’s more, the event is sponsored by Skinner’s Brewery among others, so you can look forward to tasting a pint or two of refreshing real ale during your visit – what could be better?

When: 22nd May – 31st May, 2015

Where: Variety of venues around the Fal River

Contact: 01872 274555;

St Austell Feast Week

Scones from St Austell Feast Week

The traditional week of feasten was a celebration of the Feast of Saint Austol, last celebrated in 1946. Now, feasten week is back, under the contemporary moniker, St Austell Feast Week. This week long event is a celebration of community life in St Austell, and features traditional games, local food and a programme of entertainment. Sample an array of traditional Cornish produce including pasties, cream teas and Squab pie, or enjoy a historic walk through St Austell’s charming streets. Taking place in a variety of venues throughout the town, St Austell Feast Week is sure to be an unforgettable and extraordinary event.

When: 20th – 28th June, 2015

Where: Variety of venues around St Austell


Looe Food Festival

Looe Food FestivalPaella by Mike McCune is licensed under CC 2.0

Cornish growers, producers and suppliers flock to the Looe Food Festival, making it the ultimate destination for those seeking the best in local produce on the Cornwall’s south coast. Skinner’s Brewery are among the producers on the bill, and they’ll be serving an array of bottled and kegged real ales throughout the weekend. Other producers exhibiting at the festival include Big Pan Parties, Bosue Vineyard, Cornish Gouda, Down the Cove, Kelly’s Ice Cream and The Little Cornish Deli, but there are plenty more besides. For recipe inspiration and advice, a number of Cornish chefs are offering food demonstrations – visit the website for a complete programme of events.

When: 27th – 28th June, 2015

Where: Looe Food Festival, The Millpool, Looe, Cornwall, PL13 2AF

Contact: 01503 250308;

Mevagissey Feast Week

Mevagissey Feast WeekImage by Alex Janssen is licensed under CC 2.0

Since 1754, residents of Mevagissey have celebrated the Feast of St Peter. This unique event, which was formerly held in December, has flourished into a popular community event, with locals and tourists joining in the celebrations. A selection of events take place in the village throughout the week, and the majority are free to enter, making it a great event for those holidaying on a budget. Alongside a packed entertainment programme, there’s also the chance to sample some of South Cornwall’s true delicacies, including oysters, crab and traditional Cornish ice cream. Visit anytime during the week, and you’re sure to have a day to remember.

When: 22nd May – 31st May, 2015

Where: Variety of venues around Mevagissey

Contact: 01726 842920;

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