Five Food & Drink Festivals in Cornwall

The Food and Drink Festival is well and truly coming it’s own these days…

Although the majority of the big Food Festivals might well have already passed us by…

The warm Indian Summers that we regularly receive here in Cornwall mean that we still have a packed slate to guide us through September and October.

So, don’t think that Summer is a thing of the past; take a trip down to Cornwall for one of these major foodie events and extend your summer for that extra bit longer!

The 12th Duloe Ale & Cider Festival – Saturday 16th September 2017 – Duloe, nr Looe

A local festival that welcomes people from across the country; all proceeds from this event will be donated to charities, large and small. 18 real ales will be present for thirsty punters to enjoy, as well as very local cider from Cornish Orchards and even Prosecco for those who fancy some! Live music will be provided by Tez & The Suits, The Wireless and more. The £5 ticket will get you entry, a pint glass and your first pint.

Universal Cookery and Food Festival 2017 – Wednesday 20th September 2017 – Padstow

Established in 2012 by three members of the Craft Guild of Chefs, this Festival is as much an opportunity to try new food as it is a glimpse into the future of the food industry. There’s a healthy mix of things to do at this roaming festival which this year makes it’s home at the nearby town of Padstow. Paying tribute to our county’s speciality in fish, the festival’s speakers this year will be showing off their takes on the classic surf’n’turf combination. Tickets do come at a high price – £120 on the door.

Great Cornish Food Festival – Friday 22nd-24th September 2017 – Lemon Quay, Truro

Truro once more hosts one of Cornwall’s most popular food festivals at the end of this month. Over 70 food and drink exhibitors will be crowding Lemon Quay this year which will feature a Cornish drinks bar, live cooking challenges and a street market selling handheld food that is sure to get your taste buds singing! There really is no excuse to miss this year’s festival as, once more, it’s absolutely free to explore the entire festival site – the only thing you’ll need money for is parking and the food…

Oktoberfest Truro – Friday 6th-7th October 2017 – Lemon Quay, Truro

There have been many attempts to bring the Oktoberfest phenomenon from Germany over to the UK, but few have done it as successfully as the people behind Truro’s premier German food and drink festival. The Lemon Quay will play host this year to loads of excellent beers and food, expect to see lederhosen a-plenty and a veritable army of students making the most of the 2-pint steins. Entry is strictly for over 18s only and tickets cost a very reasonable £13.20 in advance.

Falmouth Oyster Festival – Thursday 12th-15th October – Events Square, Falmouth

Although they say that Oysters are an acquired taste, that hasn’t stopped this very niche festival going from strength to strength. The festivities take place at the start of the oyster dredging season, bringing hundreds of people from across the country to taste the freshest of produce. Each year is kicked off by a masterclass from a celebrity chef, followed by demonstrations from some of the finest chefs in the county. In addition to cracking food there’s also live music and real ale. The festival is free to enter and not to be missed.