Cornwall Food Festival 2014

October 13, 2014 by becca.lazar No Comments

Truro’s Lemon Quay Plaza was a cornucopia of Cornish delights as the annual Great Cornish Food Festival descended upon the city. With around 50 local and independent companies setting up shop, 3 days of chef’s demonstrations by the likes of Nathan Outlaw, there can’t be many food festivals around the country that offer this much regional exclusivity, can there?

Back for its eleventh year, the festival, of course, offered pasties and clotted cream but there was so much more. From award winning cheeses and internationally renowned chocolates to craft beers and artisan ciders, it is a great reminder of the high quality food that is now on every Cornishman’s doorstep.

As well as the demonstrations and a plethora of foods and drinks to sample, there were great kid’s workshops where playing with your food was actively encouraged, including; smoothie making, interactive dairy education through a cow simulator and a messy printing session involving vegetables.

For the adults there were tutored beer tastings run by St Austell Brewery, gin tasting, pasty crimping master-classes and cocktail making by Josh Linfitt of Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen.

Amongst the many free tastings we helped ourselves to, there were a few standouts that made sure we were heavily laden with bags of Cornish goodies by the time we left. Here are 5 of the best products we found during our visit.

Nicky Grant Cake

The Chocolatier

First up was Nicky Grant Chocolate’s stunning confectionary display. Lovers of salted desserts, we just had to have their sumptuous salt caramel chocolate bar, but it is their fennel and ginger truffles that have really put them on the map: they were awarded silver at the European leg of the 2014 International Chocolate Awards.


Cow Milking

Local Cheeses

For cheese lovers the Cornish Cheese Company had a range of Cornish Blues available, but for a proper taste of the county, Lynher Dairies’ Cornish Yarg is something to look out for. Wrapped in in nettles or wild garlic, Yarg is unique to the county and is available from delis around the county.

The Hard Stuff

A small artisan liqueur maker out of St Agnes caught our eye – or more honestly our desire for a wee tipple – as well. So small that her website is still a holding page, Spirits of Cornwall infuses elderflower, marmalade, and honey and saffron with her liquors into perfect Christmas gifts. As far as recommendations go, the idea of mixing these with prosecco to make interesting cocktails is definitely a winner. For information check her facebook page.

A Festival of Sausage

Tamblyn’s Traditional Breakfast Sausage won Gold at The Taste of The West competition and is honestly one of the best sausages I’ve ever tasted. The Kernow Sausage Company’s Mediterranean Medley with Fennel banger is also worth tracking down. The KSC can also be found cooking and dishing out their produce at events around Cornwall through their food stall.


Cornish Food Box Company edit

Delivered to your Door

Finally, For those of you doing a lot of cooking during your trips to Cornwall the Cornish Food Box Company had a fantastic stall showing their array of home delivered food boxes: an abundance of seasonal Cornish meat and veg delivered to your cottage door?

All the above produce can be bought online to bring a little bit of that Cornish sunshine back as the autumnal breeze blows in.

Guest blog by Matthew Collington

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