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8 Summer Food Festivals in Cornwall

8 Summer Food Festivals

Cornwall is home to a variety of food producers, from farmers to cider makers, and whether you’re eating at your classic Cornish cottage., or dining out in the array of restaurants and pubs, you’ll be impressed by the high quality of food and drink available.

With local, fresh, seasonal produce available from farm shops, restaurants, pubs and cafes, you can savour fresh seafood, treat yourself to a traditional Cream Tea (jam first of course), or tuck into a delicious Cornish Pasty.

For the days when you’re not staying in to dine in your traditional Cornish cottage, why not head to one of the summer food fairs and events happening throughout the summer months to pick up something for dinner, or just browse the stalls and sample the local culinary delights.

Here are a few summer food festivals, fairs and events happening across Cornwall in the coming months:

1. Rock Oyster Festival, Rock

15th & 16th July 2016

Rock Oyster Festival

This family-friendly festivals celebrates Cornish seafood alongside music, comedy and kids activities. The Farmers Market boasts a variety of stalls selling local produce, as well as food and drink vendors selling everything from wood-fired pizzas to gourmet burgers.

Jim’s Beer Tent will quench your thirst with a wide range of ales, ciders, lagers, wines, and cocktails, and at The Food Academy, you can watch talks from professional chefs and food experts and learn about local dishes.

There’s live music from bands, artists and DJs, and circus workshops and Squashbox Theatre performances that will entertain the kids.

Camping is available.

2. St Ives Beer and Cider Festival, St Ives

26th to 28th August 2016

St Ives Beer and Cider Festival

With food, comes drink, and this annual festival celebrates the best of Cornwall’s and the world’s ales, lagers, and ciders.

Hosted by St Ives Brewery, there’s musical entertainment, food vendors, and pint glasses are included with entrance prices.

3. Cornish Country Fair, Stithians Showground

28th August 2016

Cornish Country Fair

This family event is packed full of activities, shows, and food. There’s clay pigeon shooting, dog shows, donkey derby, tug-of-war championships, Punch and Judy shows, horse displays, and more.

In the centre of the ground is a marquee which is home to the festival of food with food stalls selling delicious sweet and savoury produce, and kids can learn how to make dishes at the special cooking classes.

4. Newlyn Fish Festival, Newlyn Harbour

29th August 2016

Newlyn Fish Festival

Taking place in the bustling fishing port of Newlyn, this one-day festival celebrating everything about fish, and more importantly fish found in Cornish waters.

There are chef demonstrations, cooking classes, lively fish auctions, and competitions, as well of plenty of opportunities to sample local fresh seafood. The Learning Zone educates visitors on sustainable fishing and the history of Cornwall’s fishing industry with various kids workshops and film clips.

As well as fishy dishes, there’s plenty of entertainment with music, gig races and fishy trails. Proceeds go to the Fishermen’s Mission.

5. Redruth Pasty and Mining Festival, Redruth Town Centre

9th to 11th September

Redruth Pasty and Mining Festival

No visit to Cornwall is complete without enjoying a traditional Cornish Pasty. Shops, cafes and bakeries all across the region claim to make the best Cornish Pasty but it’s up to you to sample them all and make your own mind up.

The event has cooking demonstrations and classes where you can learn to make pasties, and exhibitions and displays that portray the history of the savoury dish and its importance in the mining industry. There’s live music, storytelling, fancy dress competitions, and fairground rides.

Redruth Pasty and Mining Festival Facebook Page

6. Festival of Food, Eden Project, St Austell

9th to 11th September

Festival of Food

Where better to taste the flavours of the southwest and beyond than beneath the giant biomes at the Eden Project.

The three-day event hosts celebrity chefs, cooking demonstrations, talks, workshops, cooking classes and those all-important tasting sessions.

7. Great Cornish Food Fair

23rd to 25th September

Great Cornish Food Fair

Dedicated to the Cornish food and drink festival, this is the largest event of its kind in the region. More than 100 chefs and food experts showcase their talents through demonstrations, talks and cooking classes in a large marquee on the piazza in Truro.

Browse the stalls and sample Cornish chocolate, cheese, oils, meats, breads, ice cream, fudge, wines, ciders and beers during this three-day and prepare to end up in fully-stuffed, but satisfying, Cornish food coma.

8. Falmouth Oyster Festival

13th to 16th October 2016

Falmouth Oyster Festival

Taking place on the Events Square, this four-day festival celebrates the native Fal Oyster and Cornish seafood.

There are cooking demonstrations, food and drink vendors, oyster bars, and talks from top chefs from Cornwall’s hotels and restaurants.

Activities include a Working Boat Race, the famous Grand Oyster Parade through town, a shucking competition, live music and a Grand Oyster Draw.