Jump aboard the fresh and local food bandwagon by sourcing your grub from Cornwall’s array of farmers markets and foodie events this autumn, where a wonderful world of tasty, wholesome and sustainable ingredients can be found in a variety of sense-stirring forms.
Picture the latest colourful harvest fresh from the field alongside locally reared meats, freshly landed fish and seafood, dairy products and delicious baked goods as you peruse the spoils and stuff your boots (or reusable bags) with the very best provisions available.
Not only are you supporting the local economy and environment, but you’ll be feasting on some truly top tasting foodstuffs that will help you to look, feel and be all the better for it!
Here are few handpicked event ideas to get you schmoozing on the circuit…
Truro Farmers Market
(Every Saturday 8am-1pm)
Visit the Heritage Fire Hall for one of Cornwall’s most popular events that presents everything from cheese, meats and wine to preserves, flowers and organic produce. Whether you fancy something different for lunch or need to tick off your weekly grocery list, you’ll be able to bag a samosa, Fairtrade coffee, herbs, honey, cupcakes, crêpes, homemade soups and artisan breads.
Expect top-notch fare as well as live music, kids corner, and a series of regular, seasonal events such as special harvest/community dinners, workshops and festivals.
St Ives Farmers Market
(Every Thursday 9.30-2pm)
Wing your way to the famous seaside town and hit The Guildhall to discover a plethora of edible delights. The dog-friendly do is all about the local community – grab a bite at the café, listen to a local soundtrack courtesy of St Ives’ buskers and stock up on the season’s latest offerings.
From fruit, herbs and vegetables to freshly baked bread, visitors can wrap their lips around the scrumptious likes of homity pies, brioche, cupcakes, Cornish cheeses, smoked foods, homemade jams and chutneys, spirits, sushi, cider and even Indian food.
Great Cornish Food Festival
One of the biggest buzzes from Cornwall’s ever-expanding foodie scene, the Great Cornish Food Festival on Truro’s Lemon Quay promises not only a feast for the eyes with a string of live entertainment (celebrity chef cooking demonstrations helmed by Nathan Outlaw, workshops, sampling) – but a brilliant belly fill to boot!
Hosting a huge array of Cornish exhibitors such as Rodda’s, Sharp’s Brewery, Buttermilk Confections, Cornish Cheese Co, Cornish Food Box Co, Deli Farm Charcuterie, Portreath Bakery and Cadgwith Cove Crab means that you can get your mitts on a dizzying range of seriously delicious foods while absorbing the sights, sounds and smells of this wonderful appetite-inducing affair.
Fifteen Cornwall Winter Food Fayre
Saturday 28th November (9.30am-3.30pm)
As the seasons merge, continue to celebrate your love of good food with an inspired affair at one of Cornwall’s most prized locations. The free event in the Extreme Academy car park at Watergate Bay will see demonstrations from the heady likes of Jack Stein, Elsie Pinniger and Jack Bristow, who will share some of the secrets to their culinary success as you peruse over 20 stallholders’ goodies and stock up on some fantastic food and Christmas gifts.
With meat from Primrose Herd, Cornish Duck and Deli Farm Charcuterie presented alongside breads from Da Bara Bakery, seafood from Matthew Stevens, and Cornish pastis and Tarquin’s gin from Southwestern Distillery; there will also be many of Fifteen Cornwall’s own handpicked suppliers plying a spellbinding range of produce. Plus, with warm food being served from Fifteen Cornwall’s team of apprentices, a host of hot drinks from Origin Coffee and lip-smacking selection of street food vendors in attendance, it would be criminally remiss of you to leave either empty handed or stomached!