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Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Cornwall Hosts a Feast of Food Festivals this Autumn

Cornwall has one of the finest reputations for food and drink in the
whole of the UK which it celebrates in a feast of food festivals. For
many, our celebrated harvest of the sea is at the heart of the festivals
with Newlyn, Newquay and Falmouth Oyster Festivals showcasing the
freshest fish and shelfish caught from around our coast, with cookery
demonstrations from top local chefs and samples to tempt the taste buds.

Celebrate all things fishy on August Bank Holiday Monday in one of
Cornwall's most distinctive and original fishing ports. Newlyn Fish
Festival is the biggest of its kind in the country where you will find a
huge fish display, six cooking demos from top local chefs, two fish
auctions, a lobster workshop and the Big Fish Filleting Challenge. You
can buy fish fresh, cooked or smoked from the best of Cornish seafood

Newquay Fish Festival runs from 9th to 11th September and grows in
popularity each year with more and more to see and sample. Try delicious
fish dishes, watch local chefs rustle up amazing food from local
produce, purchase a range of Cornish food and produce. The Chefs are the
characters of the Festival using their flamboyant demonstrations to show
off their culinary skills - and you get to eat the results!! As well as
live cookery, smoked fish, a pilchard BBQ, on site fish sales, crab
sandwiches, oysters, fish filleting demos and all sorts of other 'fishy'
will be on offer. There will also be Cornish a range of food and craft
stalls as well as family fun and entertainment over the weekend at The
Harbour, Newquay's hidden gem.

The imposing city of Truro is the venue for Cornwall Food & Drink
Festival which draws thousands of visitors to the event which takes
place from 23rd to 25th September.  The festival is the biggest
celebration of Cornish food and drink in the county attracting artisan
producers from chocolate to chutney; bakery to butchery; ice cream to
clotted cream; or pasties to paella - whatever your fancy, this festival
has got it licked, with the finest quality produce from all over
Cornwall.  If that's not enough, come and see at least a dozen of the
county's top chefs in action and learn new tricks and hot tips from
selected food experts.  Kids can get creative in the Funky Food Zone
and, new for this year, the festival fun goes on after sunset with some
special treats for true food lovers.

The first weekend in October sees the Boscastle Food, Arts & Crafts
Festival with eight fabulous Cornish Chefs demonstrating over the
weekend, including high rising stars such as Nathan Outlaw, proud owner
of 2 Michelin Stars  from the St Enodoc Hotel, Andy Appleton from
Fifteen Cornwall, winner of this year's desert course for the Great
British Menu,  three chefs from outstanding restaurants in Padtow
including Paul Ainsworth from Number 6, Paul Harwood from Rick Stein's
St.Petroc's Bistro and Adrian Oliver from Margot's, also Phil Thomas
from Rosewarne Manor and Aaron Janes  from Silks Bistro at Newquay's
Atlantic Hotel.  A host of stalls will be selling and sampling Cornish
food and drink and original arts and crafts in the huge marquees in this
picturesque harbour side village.

Special guest Tim Anderson, winner of BBC MasterChef 2011 will open
Falmouth Oyster Festival with a cookery demonstration. The festival is a
Cornish cornucopia of stalls brimming with oysters, seafood, wine and
other delicacies takes place from 13th to 16th October. Timed to
celebrate the start of the oyster season,  the event celebrates the
Falmouth Working Boats and oyster punts which trawl the natural oyster
beds of the surrounding area using traditional methods to harvest the
prized local native oysters renowned for their sweet, delicate flavour.
Cookery demonstrations with top local chefs and live music add to your
visit, while you can sit and taste a variety of seafood and other dishes
and take in the unique festival atmosphere.

Malcolm Bell, Head of Tourism at VisitCornwall, the Cornwall Development
Company tourism service adds: "Autumn is a fantastic time to visit
Cornwall and what better excuse can there be than taking in one or more
of our food festivals, which brilliantly showcase the very best of
Cornish produce, chefs and our growing reputation for quality
gastronomic  experiences.'

VisitCornwall are offering a two night break with extra treats for two
people at the St Michael's Hotel and Spa in Falmouth during the Oyster
Festival, see the 'win' page on the I Love Cornwall website
www.ilovecornwall.com  For a full listing of events in Cornwall and
inspiration for where to stay and things to do and see in Cornwall see

Food Festival websites:

Newlyn Fish Festival                                     

Newquay Fish Festival                                  

Cornwall Food & Drink Festival                     

Falmouth Oyster Festival                              

Boscastle Food, Arts & Crafts Festival          

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