We’re into our third week of Autumn now and that means this nice weather won’t be with us for too much longer. If we’re going to have to wrap up our bodies in layers of clothing for the next few months, we might as well indulge our foodie sides.
With one of the best reputations for food in the UK, Cornwall (captured so beautifully in our featured image by Nanagyei) is a great place to start. The good news is you don’t have to scour the county to find the freshest produce and finest culinary skills. A host of food festivals do all the legwork for you. Here are our picks.
Newquay Fish Festival ¬– Newquay, September 14-16
Enveloped by waters on three sides, Cornwall has always had a special relationship with the sea. So it’s only right that one of its most famous fishing villages hosts a festival where you can try local fish dishes prepared by talented local chefs. Here, the chefs are as much an attraction as the seafood they cook. Not only do you get to watch their flamboyant culinary skills live, but you also get to taste what they’ve whipped up!
Cornwall Food and Drink Festival – Truro, September 28-30
Every year, some 40,000 people are drawn to the city of Truro for its foodie festival. Firmly established as one of the nation’s favourite food festivals, its friendly, fun and genuine atmosphere epitomises everything that people love about Cornwall and its people. The fact there are at least 60 exhibitors is as good a reflection as any of Cornwall’s wide range of quality local produce. Like the Newquay Fish Festival, you can check out live cookery demos. But for those who are truly serious about their food, the real draw will certainly be the series of cookery masterclasses run in conjunction with the event. They’re a new addition that could prove very popular – best get your name down quick!
Boscastle Food, Arts & Crafts Festival – Boscastle, October 6 and 7
Boscastle is undoubtedly one of Cornwall’s most picturesque spots. Remember those iconic images of the floods that ripped through the town a few years back? Thankfully the coastal village has fully recovered and back to its beautiful old self. Ten of Cornwall’s best chefs will be putting on demonstrations during this festival – among them are Nathan Outlaw of the 2 Michelin-starred St Enodoc Hotel, Andy Appleton from Fifteen Cornwall and Paul Harwood from Rick Stein’s St. Petroc’s Bistro.
Falmouth Oyster Festival – Falmouth, October 11-14
Coinciding with the start of the oyster season, this festival has a cornucopia of stalls brimming with oysters, seafood, wine and other delicacies. The event is a celebration of both the prized local native oysters renowned for their sweet, delicate flavours and the Falmouth Working Boats and oyster punts that trawl them.