Cornwall Food & Drinks Festival 2014

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Ronnie McCluskey

Ronnie McCluskey
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ChefIt’s no secret that Cornwall is a county fond of its gastronomy. Fresh fish, award-winning meats, luxury ice creams and freshly-baked specialty bread; whatever tickles the taste bud is celebrated at the annual Cornwall Food & Drinks Festival. The 11th event, in 2014, takes place over the weekend beginning Friday September 26, culminating on Sunday 28. Visitors, as ever, can expect nothing less than the most varied selection of local food and drinks, as well as the typically buoyant community spirit the festival has become famous for. Held in Truro’s Lemon Quay, the trio of food-filled days will also feature cookery demonstrations from some of Britain’s top chefs, in addition to workshops for the little ones in the Funky Food Zone.


If you’ve ever pondered a trip to Cornwall’s famous, surf-tastic coastline, why not pair your thrill-seeking getaway to coincide with the Food & Drinks Festival? If top-grade cheeses, mouthwatering chocolates and Cornish scallops don’t tickle your fancy, well, I just have to question whether you're human. There’s very much an emphasis on fresh and sustainable produce in Cornwall, and as such, it’s a unique opportunity to sample everything from Buttervilla heritage tomatoes to lobster ravioli.

Go on - get along and celebrate Cornwall’s food revolution. It’s free, after all.


 

Cornwall Food & Drinks Festival 2014: all you need to know


   

Cornwall Food & Drinks Festival 2014: Chefs’ Theatre Cornwall Food & Drinks Festival 2014: Chefs’ Theatre

If you’re keen to sample a scattering of flavours from the county, head along to the Chefs’ Theatre. This is where Cornwall’s brightest and best chefs throw open their kitchen doors and invite all to see what goes into making their delectable signature dishes. This busy programme of demonstrations is hosted by presenters from BBC Radio Cornwall, and the county’s own Michelin-starred maestro, Nathan Outlaw, is expected to be in attendance once more.

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Cornwall Food & Drinks Festival 2014: Food & Drinks Pavilion Cornwall Food & Drinks Festival 2014: Food & Drinks Pavilion

The Food & Drinks Pavilion is the place to be if you wish to indulge in a spot of retail therapy. Forget fine threads, though; this is where you’ll pick up local organic produce and World Champion, creamy Cornwall blue cheeses. After you’ve gained some inspiration from watching a demo in the Chefs’ Theatre, duck into the Pavilion to pick up those all-important ingredients. All food and drink sold in this festival marketplace is guaranteed to have been processed or produced in the county, so whether you’re stuffing your basket with hand-crafted apple juices or cuts of cured meats, you know exactly the provenance of your shopping. Oh, and don’t forget your reusable bag.

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Cornwall Food & Drinks Festival 2014: Outdoor Market Cornwall Food & Drinks Festival 2014: Outdoor Market

The outdoor market is not specially erected for the benefit of the 40,000+ foodies who descend on Lemon Quay each year. In fact, many of the stallholders do a roaring trade year-round; for the festival, they simply rub shoulders with even more of Cornwall’s cheery food and drink producers. Part rural farmers’ market, part food bazaar, your stroll through the market is best done on an empty stomach; as well as award-winning preserves, Cornish honey and locally sourced wild game, you can grab a snack from an array of food vendors, with wood-fired pizza and French crepes proving especially popular.

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Cornwall Food & Drinks Festival 2014: Funky Food Zone Cornwall Food & Drinks Festival 2014: Funky Food Zone

The Cornwall Food & Drinks Festival is very much a family affair; a great many of the stalls are, in fact, family run, and so it stands to reason that kids are able to derive some fun from the event over the weekend. Based in the main marquee, the Funky Food Zone is where the little ones can rustle up dishes of their very own – everything from fruit flans to sausage rolls. The Cornwall Food and Farming Group are in charge of setting and delivering the junior programme, so there’s an educational feel to things, too. Food-themed fun – what could be better?

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Cornwall Food & Drinks Festival 2014: Croust Bar Cornwall Food & Drinks Festival 2014: Croust Bar

If there is a nerve centre of this festival, it is undeniably the Croust Bar. This is, quite simply, where you’ll get your eat on – all appetites and tastes are covered as a dizzying assortment of dishes, including many a Cornish classic, compete for your order. If street food is your thing, meanwhile, you can grab-and-go from one of the new pop-up kitchens serving all kinds of flavour-packed street food. Alternatively, grab a cocktail, Cornish cider or coffee, and watch the parade go by.

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Cornwall Food & Drinks Festival 2014 Accommodation

VAULT COTTAGE, pet friendly in Gorran Haven, Ref 904934

Vault Cottage is a delightful, upside down, barn conversion cottage on the owners’ non-working farm near the charming fishing village of Gorran Haven. The cottage offers two ground floor bedrooms, including a double room, and a twin room with 2’6”...

OCEAN RETREAT , pet friendly, with a garden in Tintagel, Ref 904228

Ocean Retreat is a ground floor, semi-detached cottage set less than two miles from Tintagel in Cornwall. There are three bedrooms, two king-size doubles (one of which offers an en-suite bathroom), along with a children's bunk bedroom, meaning the...

BEACHCOMBERS, family friendly, with pool in Porth, Ref 903500

Beachcombers is a lovely holiday cottage, 1.2 miles from Newquay. With two ground floor bedrooms, a double and a family room, it sleeps five people. Also on the ground floor is a bathroom. On the first floor is the open plan living area, with a ki...

HENFORD LODGE, family friendly, with pool in Bude, Ref 903740

Henford Lodge is a detached, single-storey lodge set on a holiday park, near the National Trust owned beach of Sandymouth, five miles from Bude. This cottage sleeps four people in two bedrooms, consisting of one double and one twin, as well as a b...

CODDY'S LODGE, family friendly, with pool in Polperro, Ref 28866

Coddy's Lodge is a single-storey detached lodge on the Killigarth Manor Holiday Park in Polperro, Cornwall. With three bedrooms, a double with en-suite, twin and children's twin, it sleeps up to six people comfortably. The lodge also has a bathroo...

SEACOTT, pet friendly in Porthtowan, Ref 25945

Seacott is a quirky, detached cottage perched at the top of the cliffs of Porthtowan in Cornwall, boasting beautiful, far-reaching sea views. With two bedrooms, one double with en-suite bathroom and one ground floor children's bunks bedroom, this ...

WAVERLEY, pet friendly, with a garden in Mevagissey, Ref 23719

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PORTH BEAN COURT in Porth, Ref 22062

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Amazing beach front, Luxury, family run, Large Five Bed House, Sleeps 4-10

www.cattran-graham-holidays.co.uk Friday-Friday changeover 3pm check in 10am check out. We aim to provide bespoke self catering accommodation that we would like to stay in. If you're looking for a relaxed and friendly retreat, with a touch of...

SUNNYVALE, family friendly, with a garden in Gorran Haven, Ref 17057

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