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Thousands flock to Truro for Cornwall Food and Drink Festival

By CG_Oscar  |  Posted: September 29, 2013

  • Nathan Outlaw opened the festival

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Some of the best chefs in the county have been tickling the taste buds during the Cornwall Food and Drink Festival which ends today after a three day run.

It’s the tenth anniversary of the festival and over 60 exhibitors have been at Truro’s Lemon Quay enticing visitors with their tasty produce.

An estimated 30,000 visitors came along on Friday and Saturday and this morning the huge marquee continued to attract large numbers.

The festival was opened by Michelin-starred chef Nathan Outlaw, who made his name at the Marina Hotel in Fowey, before moving on to oversee restaurants at Rock and his latest venture in Port Isaac.

At the pop-up Croust Kitchens, chefs have been offering a taste of their mouth-watering signature dishes in true street food style with free masterclass or tasting sessions on the Croust Bar Stage.

At the Food and Drink Pavilion the best of the county’s food and drink has been available, plus a Funky Food Zone for children.

Festival organiser Ruth Huxely, who this morning had the unenviable job of helping to judge a fun Cornish Breakfast Challenge between two Cornish Pirates and a pair from the Cornwall Air Ambulance - won the rugby players by a single point - said the festival had been a roaring success.

“It has been absolutely fantastic, for the exhibitors and I’m sure for the 30,000 visitors we have so far attracted,’’ she said.

“ We have had many of our leading chefs giving masterclasses which have proved popular and this year we have had a lot more things for the children to do.

“ We try our very best to improve the festival year on year, and I really do believe the mix of events we now put on is better than ever,’’ she said.

Exhibitors were enjoying the festival too. The Ponsanooth-based Lynher Dairies Cheese Company had their national award winning Yarg for sale which has recently been judged the best cheese in England.

The company’s Maria Grimshaw said: “It has been an extremely busy three days and our cheeses have been selling really well.

“There has been a lot of interest, including from people who would like our cheeses sent by post - it’s been a great festival for us.’’

Lostwithiel-based Trewithen Dairy’s stall had also been busy.

Alan Whitford from the dairy said: “ The festival has been really good for getting our brand across. People have been particularly interested in our live natural yoghurt, and our packaged cream teas, and its been a bust three days.’’

The festival closes at 4pm this afternoon.

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