Cornwall Food Festivals You Won’t Want to Miss

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Fowey Mussel Festival

We love Fowey and we love mussels. Combine that with live music and Champagne and you’re on to a winning weekend.

The weekend will be packed full of entertainment and mouth-watering delicacies, live music, sea shanties and of course locally caught fresh fish. Highlights of the weekend include live cooking demonstrations by top chefs, including Lee Tambling of the Lugger, Glynn Wellington of The Bistro and TV presenter and Chef James Strawbridge.

When: 20th – 22nd June

Rock Oyster Festival

The Rock Oyster Festival is a widely anticipated annual event, taking place on the picturesque grounds of Dinham House, overlooking the lazy ebb and flow of the Camel Estuary.

Celebrating award-winning oysters that are nurtured in the estuary bed, the festival promises to deliver another incredible day out for the whole family, showcasing the best in in local produce, music and art – three things that Cornwall is known best for.

When: 12th July


Newlyn Fish Festival

With over 40 acres of harbour, Newlyn is one of the most important fishing ports in the UK, contributing hugely to the local economy. The Newlyn Fish Festival is now in its 25th year and has grown from strength to strength since first conceptualised by Len Scott, now welcoming over 15,000 visitors per year and national media coverage.

As well as enjoying a wide array of the freshest fish available and watching live cooking demonstrations, the festival aims to showcase the importance of fishing to the economy and the challenge that fishermen have faced in the past, today and in the future. The event raises in the tens of thousands for the Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen and is never a disappointment – well worth a visit!

When 25th August


Cornish Pasty Festival

Obviously, this is no valid foodie fest list if we don’t include a dedicated festival to Cornwall’s much-loved and much-devoured pasty.

Taking place over three days at the Redruth UNESCO World Heritage Site, the weekend will celebrate the deeply rich heritage or mining and pasties – the two going hand in hand, of course. With celebrity appearances from TV Chef James Strawbridge and Food Glorious Food’s Eunice Woolcock, highlights of the weekend include free pasty-making, Oggy Treasure Trails and Street Theatre performances. Challenge: sample as many different pasty fillings as possible!

When 12th – 14th September


Great Cornish Food Festival

Marketed as the biggest food festival in Cornwall, Cornwall Food & Drink have been organising this fantastic celebration of Cornish culinary delights for 11 years. Taking place at the deliciously named Lemon Quay in Truro, this year will see the biggest names in Cornwall’s dining world, pop-up restaurants, street-food vendors and artisan food stalls all tantalising your taste buds.

Masterclass demonstrations by renowned chefs, including Michelin-starred Nathan Outlaw, will be topping the bill. Taking place in late September, this is a good opportunity to do start the Christmas shopping early.

When 26th – 28th September

Cornwall, being the the culinary capital that it is, has a huge number of fantastic foodie events taking place all year round, with new ones popping up each year. To keep track and find out more information, head over to Visit Cornwall.