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It’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
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
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
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
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
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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