Food Calendar | Spring Foodie Happenings in Cornwall

Fal River Festival

As the weather warms up and we move closer to summer it’s peak foodie event time and a chance to taste the delicious produce that has come into season and on offer in Cornwall. The top events for food celebrate and praise the efforts of farmers and local producers, and here are a few of the best in the coming months that you’ll not want to miss.

 

Charity Garden Open Weekend at Tregothnan Estate

Tregothnan Estate is well known for producing tea within the expansive estate on the banks of the Fal river, opening up to the public a few times a year to invite people to learn more about the process, as well as enjoy some of the products too. They offer visitors the chance to sample some of the teas with their cream teas, as well as Salcombe Dairy ice cream, and a selection of succulent meats reared on the estate and cooked over Tregothnan’s own charcoal. It’s a one off experience to learn about the estate and their processes in growing and making their teas, as they don’t often open the gates to the public. Once you’re there, there’s plenty to enjoy, including scenic walks and stunning gardens. This year the entry fee is going to Cancer Research, and online booking is advised since these events can be quite popular.

When: 11th-12th April

 

Porthleven Food Festival

This free event brings the best of what is local and fresh this time of year, as well as music and dance to entertain as you sample the delights of what’s on offer. This year the theme is ‘Feast and Fiesta’ so visitors can expect a mouth watering range of world food to be on offer alongside the more traditional Cornish dishes. This year in the Chef’s Theatre, visitors can enjoy cooking demonstrations from the likes of Anthony Worrall Thompson, entering in a cook-off challenge with Jude Kereama, owner of Kota restaurant in Porthleven. Rick Stein will be in attendance too, giving a demonstration and entertaining the crowds alongside his son Jack.

In the main marquee, visitors will be able to sample the food on offer from local producers, over ninety are expected to be there so expect a whole range of produce to tantalise your taste buds.

When: 24th– 26th April

 

Fal River Festival

This festival is now in its tenth year, and it’s an event known for its distinctly Cornish feel and vibrant attractions. Celebrating all aspects of Cornish life, it boasts a diverse range of highlights, from music and dance to wildlife walks, as well as the castle to castle swim. And, of course, you can expect plenty of fresh seafood to be on offer too. In previous years visitors have been given the chance to sample all manner of Cornish produce in the market, delighted by the fish festival and the cooking demonstrations on offer. Last year, local chef Annie Silbert gave several cookery demonstrations, and a fish auction was held to raise money for Fishermen’s Mission. The full range of foodie events for this year are still yet to be announced, but expect something special for the tenth anniversary.

One event that is always popular is the Beer Fleet on the first day, which is the now-ceremonial passing of the beer from Truro to Falmouth by flotilla to signal the beginning of the festival. No visit would be complete without sampling some of the local beers and spirits, all the while being entertained by the vibrant music and dance performances put on by the many local bands and dance groups in attendance.

When: 22nd -31st May

 

Royal Cornwall Show

With its origins as an agricultural show reaching way back to 1793, the Royal Cornwall Show is a popular and unique event in the Cornish calendar. But it isn’t just about the livestock and farming industry, it’s a chance to gather together the finest producers in the county, as well as attracting some who are further afield. The Food and Farming tent has grown and grown over the years to accommodate all the best companies and producers in the county, celebrating their achievements and promoting their businesses. From smokehouses to cheese makers, bakeries to butcheries, there is a vast and tantalising range of food to try and buy. The full list of exhibitors in the Food and Farming tent is available on the website.

In addition, the event is also well attended by several of the large local breweries. Their stalls are dotted around the showground for you to drop in on, so there are plenty of opportunities to sample a range of beers, wines and other liquors whilst you are there.

When: 4-6th June