Alongside the growing culinary scene in Cornwall, there’s an ever-expanding list of exciting new food and drink festivals to feast your eyes on.
With the freshest fish in the country and a plethora of high quality artisan producers, Cornwall’s food and drink scene is on the rise. To ensure you don’t miss out on any of the fun, St Ives Penzance is here to share with you the best food and drink festivals in Cornwall this year…
Porthleven Food & Music Festival, Porthleven
Porthleven Food & Music Festival, now in its tenth year, is a well-established event on the Cornish festival calendar. The festival brings in crowds of over 30,000 people each year to the stunning harbour port of Porthleven; with national and international chef’s theatre, food stalls, street food, music day and night and entertainment for all.
St Ives Food and Drink Festival, St Ives
Taking place on the beautiful Porthminster Beach, this year’s St Ives Food and Drink Festival promises great culinary experts, attractions and a wide variety of local beverages and food. With crowds of over 12,000 expected, there will be a huge range of activities and entertainment which promises fun for all the family.
Mevagissey Feast Week, Mevagissey
24th – 30th June
The quaint fishing village of Mevagissey has celebrated the ‘Feast of St Peter’ since 1754. Since then it has evolved into a wonderful community event, where locals and visitors to join together to celebrate. The Feast Week Committee have worked very hard to produce a full week of activities, and events and most of the events are free of charge.
Newquay Fish Festival, Newquay
7th – 9th September
The Newquay Fish Festival takes place between 7th – 9th September, and showcases the stunning seafood available in Newquay’s eateries against the backdrop of one of the town’s hidden gems; it’s 300 year old harbour. Now in its 16th year the Newquay Fish Festival celebrates the heritage and cuisine Cornwall has on our doorstep. Top chefs from across the region show how to make the most of this bounty, with a chance to watch, learn and try some delicious seafood.
Falmouth Oyster Festival
11th – 14th October
Falmouth Oyster Festival’s takes place in Falmouth’s Events Square from Thursday October 11th – Sunday October 14th. The annual festivities celebrate the start of the oyster dredging season, the native Fal Oyster and the diversity of Cornish seafood, with four days of feasting, cooking demos, live music, food and craft stalls.
We also wanted to give an honourable mention to the Rock Oyster Festival and the Little Orchard Cider and Music Festival, which have only been left off this list because they were included in our previous post: Music Festivals in Cornwall 2018, which you can read here. The Newlyn Fish Festival and the Great Cornish Festival festival are not being held in 2018, but will be back next year so keep your eyes peeled.