A year long calendar of foodie events
Foodie Falmouth and Beyond
Taste your way through a year of foodie festivals, events and tasty treats on the Cornish coast...
March: World Pasty Championships at Eden | 2nd March
Come and celebrate the grand finale of the Cornish Pasty Week, with the Olympics of the Oggy! The World Pasty Championships celebrate the traditional Cornish pasty recipe, as well as some more unusual varieties! From the Americas to Australia, pasties derived from recipes passed down by Cornish emigrants over centuries are eaten and enjoyed by many millions of people. The championships set the table for both amateur and professional bakers to parade their wares and entries are invited from around the world. Supported by the Cornish Pasty Association. All set in the beautiful surroundings of The Eden Project, making this event a fun day out for everyone.
April: Porthleven Food and Music Festival | 26th – 28th April
The festival takes place in the picturesque harbour town of Porthleven, West Cornwall, expect all day cooking demos, food tasting and craft stalls surrounding the harbour, music, dancing, performances, music, art and celebrity chefs cooking workshops. Daytime festival music and entertainment remain free-of-charge including the Chefs’ Theatre Children and Family area including workshops and circus skills and shows, the Lime Kiln Stage, the Literary Tent and entry to all food markets, demos and areas.
May: St Ives Food and Drink Festival | 11th – 12th May
This fantastic foodie event has a dedicated local food producers market, offering everything from wine, beer and cider, to chocolate, cheese and meat. It takes place on the iconic Porthminster Beach.
May: Falmouth Street food & Craft and Ale’s Festival | 25th - 28th May
Held on Events Square, Falmouth this ever popular free event is in its third year and growing in strength and demand. This festival showcases the best street vendors from across Cornwall. Here you’re able to explore grommet foods from around the world met with the finest craft ale Cornwall has to offer. This is an event that will appeal to a wide audience to suit all tastes and ages. Running alongside will be local arts and craft stools and a packed programme of music to set the scene and be enjoyed by all. You’ll be spoilt for choice.
June: Royal Cornwall Show | 6th-8th June
The Royal Cornwall Show is regarded as one of the last true major agricultural shows in the UK. The first show held near the Red Lion Inn in Truro over 200 years ago was just a ploughing match between local farmers. For three days each year the dedicated showground at Wadebridge is transformed into a living town, bustling with local Cornish produce, agriculture, entertainment lots of local stalls to take away a slice of Cornwall. It is a significant event on the Cornish calendar with around 130,000 people attending.
June: Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival | 14th – 16th June
The Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival was founded in 2003 by Falmouth Shout, a group of singers whose mission is to keep alive the history of Tall Ships and the days of sail by performing sea shanties, songs of the sea and Cornish songs. The Festival’s aims are to raise money for the RNLI and to preserve and promote the maritime heritage of the area.
The Shanty Festival now takes place at the same time as the Falmouth Classics Regatta, the synergy of Classic Boats and Sea Shanties produces an event which provides an ideal opportunity to bring the Town and the Sailing scene closer together, with song, local produce and local ales.
June: Mevagissey Feast Week | 23th - 29th June
This wonderful festival thought to be the longest surviving in Cornwall, owes its success to the blend of traditional and contemporary events which brings the whole community together and welcomes hundreds of visitors to share in its unique celebrations. The weeklong event features exhibitions, demonstrations, live music and lots of fish dishes to eat. Along with choirs and bands, flora dances, children’s entertainment and competitions, plus colourful parades, boat and raft races, a fete and a huge firework display.
August: Rock Oyster Festival dates to be confirmed
Rock Oyster Festival is one of the leading artisan food festivals in Cornwall and takes place at Roskear Farm, St Breock, overlooking the Camel Estuary near Wadebridge.
Promoted as a midsummer celebration of food, music and art, visitors to the festival eat their way through thousands of Cornish oysters. As well as oysters there’s live music, circus acts, endless children’s entertainment, alternative performing arts and a shopping bazaar.Running over the weekend there’s a fantastic range of family entertainment as well as some of the best local producers showcasing delights from
August: Newlyn Fish Festival | 26th August
The UK's premier fishing port celebrates all things fishy on August Bank Holiday, and revellers can satisfy their appetite with some of the best seafood you're likely to find anywhere. The event also helps to raise money for the Fishermen's Mission, the only national charity that works solely with fishermen and their families. The organisers of Newlyn Fish Festival cancelled the 2018 festival to enable them to develop the annual fundraiser into a bigger and better event in 2019!
September: Taste of Scilly Festival | 1st Sept 2019 - 30 Sept
Taste of Scilly is back this September with a month-long celebration of the very best in food, drink and produce from across the five inhabited islands. The Taste of Scilly programme is packed with events sharing the unique low-food miles, slow-food culture of the famously unspoilt archipelago, 28 miles off the coast of Cornwall. Throughout September, there’s a fresh foodie experience to savour every day, from lobster feasts to Scillonian produce markets, from beach barbecues to pasty-making workshops, from evening supper boats to Taste of Scilly cocktails and cream teas.
October: Falmouth Oyster Festival Falmouth |10th – 13th October
Falmouth’s Events Square will again play host to one of Cornwall’s biggest and best-loved specialist food festivals, Falmouth Oyster Festival, now in its 23rd year. 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.
Daily cookery demonstrations are held during the festival by top chefs and food experts from Cornwall’s hotels and restaurants, inspiring visitors to try their hand at unusual and exciting seafood combinations and indulge in the tastes of native oysters, wines, ales and local produce. The programme includes live music, Cornish food produce, arts and crafts, real ale and wine bars, oyster and seafood bars, Working Boat race, Grand Oyster Parade, shucking competition and a Grand Oyster Draw.
November: Cornish Winter Fair | 2019 dates to be confirmed
There will be a huge range of Cornish food and drink producers on show, with a chance to try and buy their delicacies. This free event, held at the Royal Cornwall Events Centre in Wadebridge
December: Padstow Christmas Festival | 5th – 9th December
Fantastic live chef demonstrations and festive treats await you at the Padstow Christmas Festival, held in the Cornish town every winter. Expect a tempting selection of food, ranging from artisan bread and cakes, chocolates, meats, cheeses and preserves, not to mention award-winning craft beers and locally produced gins.
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Not forgetting the regular Cornish Food Markets
Falmouth’s Farmers Market on the Moor | Tuesday for 9am -2pm
A Showcase of local produce available in Cornwall, Includes fish, meat, cheese, local honey, bread and cakes. The market has been trading on The Moor for ten years and also features local craftspeople. The Market is every
Falmouth’s Farmers Market St Ives Cornwall | every Thursday
throughout the year at the Guildhall in St Ives. St Ives Farmers Market is a community venture to help make fresh local produce available in St Ives, Cornwall. Opening times are 9.30am until 2.00pm. At the market, you can find a wide range of local food to meet your needs, including meats, vegetables and baked goods depending on who trades on a particular day and what is in season. St Ives Farmers Market is a dog-friendly event in Cornwall
St Ives, Pendeen and Helston all host markets during the first two months, while Sennen and Bude also host weekly events from March and April respectively.
Be perfectly placed to sample the spectacular offering of foodie hotspots across Cornwall.