This autumn in Cornwall, it’s all about food; our unrivaled fresh seafood, fantastic producers, and world-class chefs. Over the next two months there’s lots happening for food lovers. Here’s our pick.
Newlyn Fish Festival
Monday 31 August (Bank Hoilday)
Where? Newlyn, near Penzance
A fish festival in Cornwall’s fish capital, if not the UK. Celebrating 26 years of fun, food and fish, the bustling atmosphere always makes for a great day out. This year there’ll be fish displays, gig racing in the bay, a kiddie’s fish trail, two music stages, fish auction and cooking demonstrations.
Fish Supper Fridays at The Beach Hut
When? Various Fridays throughout September and October
Where? Watergate Bay
Throughout Autumn, The Beach Hut will be celebrating Cornwall’s rich coastline and the country’s favourite dish – fish – with three special fish supper nights. First up is a four-course lobster feast on Friday 25 September, followed by a fish pie spectacular on Friday 9 October, and fish curries inspired by executive chef Neil Haydock’s travels on Friday 20 November. Tickets must be bought in advance.
Newquay Fish Festival
Friday 11 – Sunday 13 September
Where? Newquay harbour
Think you know what Newquay’s all about. Think again. Now in its 13th year, Newquay Fish Festival has grown to become one of Cornwall’s most popular food festivals. The family friendly food and craft show combines the traditional fishing history of Newquay harbour with modern day entertainment, displays and cookery demonstrations.
Great Cornish Food Festival
Friday 25 – Sunday 27 September
Where? Lemon Quay, Truro
The Great Cornish Food Festival is 100% all about great food and drink, hosted in Truro’s Lemon Quay. With a packed timetable of hands-on masterclasses, sampling and kids’ activities, get ready to enjoy three days of tastings, culinary titbits and food-loving fun for all ages – with two-Michelin-starred Nathan Outlaw confirmed to host the grand finale on Sunday afternoon.
The Festival of Food
Thursday 10 – Sunday 27 September
Where? The Eden Project, nr St Austell
A galaxy of star chefs, including Jean-Christophe Novelli, Ken Hom, Phil Vickery, Jack Stein and Great British Bake Off winner Nancy Birtwhistle, are just some of the names confirmed for the Eden’s Project’s Festival of Food, each giving live cooking demonstrations. Don’t forget that Eden’s Beer Festival is also returning on Saturday October 3, organised in partnership with St Austell Brewery and featuring almost 100 speciality beers, plus tasty food and live music.
Bude for Food
Friday 18 – Sunday 20 September
Where? Bude, North Cornwall
Venture up the Atlantic highway for the second annual Bude for Food festival, on Bude’s iconic Castle Grounds. In the Demonstration Kitchen, there’ll be chefs including Martin Dorey from BBC2’s ‘One Man and his Camper Van’ and expert forager Emma Gun, while local producers include cheese makers, bakers, charcuteries, and some of Watergate Bay Hotel’s favourite suppliers including Cornish Sea Salt, Cornish Seaweed Company and the Kernow Sausage Company. Entry Prices for the Artisan Food Marquee and Kitchen Theatre is just £1.50 per day.