From Atlantic seafood to fine English wines, there’s an eclectic mix of produce available in West Cornwall. Get to grips with the region’s independent food culture with five of our favourite food and drink events that are taking place over the next few months.
Trereife Easter Food and Craft Fair
What’s to love: Those interested in cookery will love the Trereife Easter Food and Craft Fair. Now in its fifth year, the event attracts some of the region’s finest local producers, chefs and craftsmen, including Worthy Farm Cheeses and Cadgwith Smokies. Cookery demonstrations, craft displays and cider tastings are just a few of the attractions in Trereife’s events programme, with a Grand Easter Egg Hunt for younger visitors. All of the produce served at the fair is locally sourced, and there’ll be plenty of opportunity to sample some throughout the weekend.
When: 3rd – 6th April, 2015
Where: Trereife Easter Food & Craft, Trereife House, Penzance, Cornwall, TR20 8TJ
Contact: 01736 362750; www.trereifepark.co.uk
If you're in the Penzance area for the Easter Food and Craft Fair, read our guide to the best things to do in Penzance and discover the variety of other things you can get up to.
Porthleven Food Festival
What’s to love: Head to Porthleven’s historic and ever-so pretty harbour on 24th April and you’ll find the Porthleven Food Festival; one of Cornwall’s biggest food and drink events, attracting over 18,000 people each year. All-day cookery demonstrations will take place in the main marquee over the weekend, with high-profile chefs presenting an array of culinary masterclasses. Alongside several other marquees where live music and entertainment can be enjoyed, Porthleven hosts over ninety food and craft stalls. The theme for this year’s event is world street food, so look forward to tasting anything from Sushi to Churros, oysters to Adobo pork.
When: 24th – 26th April, 2015
Where: Porthleven Food Festival, Porthleven, Helston, Cornwall, TR 13 9JA
Contact: 01326 561341; www.porthlevenfoodfestival.com
Newlyn Fish Festival
What’s to love: Never has seafood been more enticing than at the Newlyn Fish Festival. This annual event celebrates Cornwall’s fishing heritage in all its glory, with live music, cooking demonstrations, a “fish auction” and – for this year only – The Great Cornish Fish Off. Where the Newlyn Fish Festival differs from other food festivals is its focus on fishing as a wider local tradition; children can follow the fishy trail, and learn about Cornwall’s seafood heritage en route, whilst grown-ups can try their hand at sculling a punt on the high-seas. Whether you’re interested in food, fish or fishing, this is a huge enjoyable event.
When: 31st August, 2015
Where: c/o Fishermens Mission, North Pier, Newlyn, Cornwall, TR18 5JB
Contact: 07518 603955; www.newlynfishfestival.org.uk
St Ives Farmers' Market
St Ives’ Farmers' Market is operated by not-for-profit community group, GULP – which stands for Great-tasting Unbeatable Local Produce. GULP was set up to support local producers and help their produce become more widely available in St Ives, and their market only permits producers from within 30 miles of St Ives. The market takes place every Thursday throughout the year, with a range of stalls on offer including, meat, vegetables, fish and baked goods – perfect for those looking to cook up a storm during their visit to Cornwall.
When: Every Thursday throughout the year
Where: The Guildhall, Street an Pol, St Ives, TR26 2DS
Contact: 07727 210324; www.stivesfarmersmarket.co.uk
Discover some of the other great attractions in the area in our guide to the best things to do in St Ives.
Pendeen Farmers' Market
From fresh sausage to tasty honey, you’ll find a wonderful array of local food and drink at the Pendeen Farmers' Market. This bi-monthly food fair attracts hundreds of traders from the local area, so you can be sure what you’re buying is home-grown and locally sourced. Some of the market’s favourite stallholders include Collier’s Cornish Cheeses, Bosparva Lane Bakery, Puddleduck Pantry and the Bissoe Plant Nursery, but there are plenty more besides. With an on-site café and lots to see and do in town, the Pendeen Farmers' Market is well worth a visit.
When: 10am – 1pm every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month
Where: The centre of Pendeen, Pendeen, TR19 7SE
Contact: 01736 786776; www.pendeenfarmersmarket.co.uk
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