Autumn food festivals in Cornwall

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If we’re going to have to wrap up our bodies in layers of clothing for the next few months, we might as well indulge our foodie sides

We’re well into Autumn now and with crisper mornings and chillier (darker!) evenings it’s time to prepare for the long months that lie ahead. If we’re going to have to wrap up our bodies in layers of clothing, we might as well indulge our foodie sides.

With one of the best reputations for food in the UK, Cornwall (captured so beautifully in our featured image by Nanagyei) is a great place to start. The good news is you don’t have to scour the county to find the freshest produce and finest culinary skills. A host of food festivals do all the legwork for you. Here are our picks.

Newquay Harbour
Newquay Harbour. Photo by tomsled1

Newquay Fish Festival ­– Newquay

The Fish Festival took place September 14-16. Hailed as a great success, the practical cookery demonstrations by local chefs were a definite highlight. Stay tuned for 2013’s festival.

Truro Cathedral from Boscawen Park
Truro Cathedral from Boscawen Park. Photo by Tim Green aka atoach

Cornwall Food and Drink Festival – Truro, September 28-30

Every year, some 40,000 people are drawn to the city of Truro for its foodie festival. Firmly established as one of the nation’s favourite food festivals, its friendly, fun and genuine atmosphere epitomises everything that people love about Cornwall and its people. The fact there are at least 60 exhibitors is as good a reflection as any of Cornwall’s wide range of quality local produce.

Like the Newquay Fish Festival, you can check out live cookery demos. But for those who are truly serious about their food, the real draw will certainly be the series of cookery masterclasses run in conjunction with the event.

They’re a new addition that could prove very popular – best get your name down quick!

Boscastle. Photo by Deborah Desmond-Hurst

Boscastle Food, Arts & Crafts Festival – Boscastle, October 6 and 7

Boscastle is undoubtedly one of Cornwall’s most picturesque spots. Remember those iconic images of the floods that ripped through the town a few years back? Thankfully the coastal village has fully recovered and back to its beautiful old self.

Ten of Cornwall’s best chefs will be putting on demonstrations during this festival – among them are Nathan Outlaw of the 2 Michelin-starred St Enodoc Hotel, Andy Appleton from Fifteen Cornwall and Paul Harwood from Rick Stein’s St. Petroc’s Bistro.

Falmouth, Cornwall
Falmouth’s seafaring past is very much in evidence. Photo by BazzaDaRambler

Falmouth Oyster Festival – Falmouth, October 11-14

Coinciding with the start of the oyster season, this festival has a cornucopia of stalls brimming with oysters, seafood, wine and other delicacies.

The event is a celebration of both the prized local native oysters renowned for their sweet, delicate flavours and the Falmouth Working Boats and oyster punts that trawl them.

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Autumn food festivals in Cornwall was last modified: June 26th, 2019 by Brett Ackroyd
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