A recent trip to St Ives was well timed (pure coincidence) allowing us a brilliant trip to the St Ives Food and Drink Festival. A truly well organised and well executed event, the festival takes place on the sands of Porthminster Beach.
Taking place over a weekend in May it attracts some big name, local hero chefs like Nathan Outlaw and Jack Stein, as well as winners of TV favourites Master Chef and GBBO. It plays host to over 20 chefs across the two days who entertain with live demonstrations which were huge crowd pleasers but never too busy that we couldn’t get a seat. If you go – get a front row seat so you can grab a few samples when they’ve finished!
A huge range of food and drink was on offer, so many demonstrating the best in local, fresh ingredients it was difficult to know where to start. I could have eaten from almost every food stand, of which there were around 40 at a guess. The Crab Shack, Brew, Waffle Island and El Loco Burrito treated us well with crab nachos, amazing macaroon and perfectly brewed coffee. Alongside this was a producer’s tent which food to take home so after buying half the jam and peanut butter in Cornwall we headed over the music tent which struck the perfect balance of upbeat and chilled out. Some real local talent left us mesmerised while we enjoyed a few beers from the Cornish Orchards beer tent.
Groups of friends, families and couples alike all made for a great atmosphere, some serious foodies who knew their produce coupled with those who just wanted a day out and at £3 entry or £5 for the weekend it didn’t disappoint.
Next time we’ll be back to take advantage of the food trail that starts in the town the week preceding the event but to be honest, you can make as much, or as little of it as you like. Definitely one to make a meal of in my eyes.