Young people in Falmouth have produced a cookbook celebrating the role that food plays in their community.

There was lots of excitement as Falmouth Art Gallery hosted the Dracaena Centre Youth Project's cookbook launch on Wednesday.

Children, young people, families and friends enjoyed viewing the cookbook's photographs taken by Falmouth University Students, which were displayed in the community gallery.

Everyone also had the chance to take part in some fun drawing and printing activities and collect a copy of the youth feast cookbook.

The event was supported by councillor Anna Gillet and Deputy Mayoress Councillor Trish Minson.

The deputy mayoress congratulated those who took part and in related her own childhood memories of cooking with her grandmother.

Kate Springfield, the centre's youth and community manager, said: “It’s a been a fantastic project to be part of and a real team effort. We are very lucky to be able to work with such fantastic young people and it’s great to see them so proud of their achievements.

"Thank you to the young people, Cornwall Community Foundation, Falmouth Cultural Services and the Youth Project team for making this happen."

The cookbook will be on sale at the Dracaena Centre and Falmouth Art Gallery from Monday.

All money raised will go towards resources for the youth project.

If you would like to find out more about the Dracaena Centre Youth Project or get involved in any of the activities, contact Kate Springfield on 01326 319414 or email

  • An excerpt from the book: “The original idea for this cookbook came from conversation with young people chatting about the important role food played in their community.

"Young people remembered a favourite cake they cooked with their Gran, a savoury homemade soup made for a special occasion by an Uncle or a spectacular pasta dish brought round by a neighbour they affectionately called Auntie.

"These dishes evoked memories of love, safety, happiness, excitement, pulling together and friendship. Some of the recipes in this cookbook are old family favourites, while others are our own tasty youth group creations.

"Each recipe has been lovingly developed and freshly made in our community kitchen and then shared, making our own special memories. We have had great fun making this cookbook and we hope you have fun, making these delicious recipes too."