Cornwall already has an impressive list of reasons to attract visitors. From the beaches and the surfing to the breathtaking sights and the music festivals, visitors have a full itinerary whenever they are in town. However, there is another reason why they should make the trip. Cornwall has a growing list of food and drink festivals that celebrate its fishing roots and to showcase the growing number of top producers and chefs. So if surfing or hiking is not your thing and prefer instead to browse food stalls and spoil your taste buds, here are some of the best food and drink festivals in Cornwall.
Porthleven Food and Music Festival, Porthleven
This festival has been taking place in April for the last 10 years and is now an established food festival in Cornwall. It has been bringing in more than 30,000 people to this eye-catching harbor port in Porthleven, offering its guests with national and international food stalls, yummy street food, as well as musical entertainment the whole day until night time.
More information: http://www.porthlevenfoodfestival.com/
St. Ives Food and Drink Festival, St. Ives
After the Porthleven Food and Music Festival, visitors can catch the family-friendly St. Ives Food and Drink Festival in May. This is a celebration of the local good and beverages, featuring top culinary experts and various attractions for the more than 12,000 visitors. If the food is not enough, then there are tons of activities and other forms of entertainment suited for every member of the family, regardless of age.
More information: https://stivesfoodanddrinkfestival.co.uk/
Mevagissey Feast Week, Mevagissey
In June, this quiet little fishing village transforms to celebrate the Feast of St. Peter. This tradition is traced all the way back to 1754 and now it is a community event frequented by visitors as well. The whole week is full of various activities that are also mostly free for everyone.
More information: http://www.mevagisseyfeastweek.org.uk/
Newquay Fish Festival, Newquay
Come September, the Newquay Fish Festival is an event never to be missed if you are a huge seafood fan. The 300-year old harbor is the site of this festival, where the eateries showcase the freshest and most delicious seafood dishes. Running for the past 15 years, it is a food festival that celebrates Cornwall’s fishing heritage and visitors can enjoy the traditional Cornish delicacies. Beyond the guests, this event also draws in the best chefs in all of Cornwall to demonstrate how the traditional food is prepared, which visitors can enjoy later on.
More information: http://www.newquayfishfestival.co.uk/
Falmouth Oyster Festival
This festival, which takes place in October, opens the oyster dredging season. For four days, guests can feast on the delicious oysters and other types of Cornish seafood. There are cooking demonstrations, live music, food stalls and of course, lots of delicious food to satisfy your palate.
More information: http://falmouthoysterfestival.co.uk/
Think Food on Your Next Visit to Cornwall
This is only a sampling of the many food festivals that actually take place in Cornwall, as there are also combined food and music festivals not on this list. Moreover, other very popular festivals were not listed, like the Great Cornish Food Festival, which is taking a break in 2018, though organizers say they will be back in 2019. So if you are heading over to Cornwall for a holiday, stop by one of these festivals and treat your stomach with only the best food that this beautiful UK county has to offer!