Cornwall Food & Drink Festival will celebrate its tenth anniversary this year with a line-up packed with new restaurants, fresh features and tasty local produce.
Between Friday and Sunday next week (September 27 to 29) Truro’s Lemon Quay will transform into foodie heaven for three days of eating, drinking, shopping and entertainment as the festival celebrates the food revolution that has taken place in Cornwall over the past ten years.
New for this year will be street food style “pop-ups” from a selection of Cornwall’s top restaurants, which will be serving a taster of their signature dishes in a feature called The Croust Kitchens.
These will include Michelin starred Nathan Outlaw’s new Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen, Truro’s own Bustopher’s and soon-to-open Mustard & Rye, Olga Polizzi’s Hotel Tresanton and Kit Davis from The Castle at Bude amongst others.
The county’s artisan producers will serve up the best food and drinks from around the county, including new product launches such as Hugo Woolley’s specialist porridges, pizzas from Kernow Forno and the latest Proper Cool chilled beer from St Austell Brewery.
Meanwhile, top chefs will share their secrets on two stages. The line up includes an opening by Nathan Outlaw on the first day before he hands over to Emily Scott, Neil Haydock from Watergate Bay and Tom Scade from Tides Restaurant at The Mariners in Rock. There will also be the BBC Radio Cornwall Chef’s Challenge on that Friday.
Little ones won’t be forgotten either, in the Funky Food Zone, where they can practise pasty crimping with Proper Cornish, dipping fruit kebabs in cream with Rodda’s Clotted Cream and concocting ice cream sundaes with Kelly's Of Cornwall Ice Cream – putting them in with the chance of winning a year’s supply of ice cream.
With the traditional symbol for a tenth anniversary being tin, it is therefore fitting that the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site is one of the main sponsors of this festival. Staff will be highlighting some of the links between tin mining and Cornish food – such as pasties – and also launch new product partnerships.
The free to enter festival will also see the launch of The Great Cornish Food Book by Cornwall Food & Drink – a collection of recipes with tales from the ocean, fields and clifftops of Cornwall. It will be available to buy over the three days and also online at www.greatcornishfood.co.uk.