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Fair to preview 'what's hot' for next season's wine lists and menus

David Hearnden of Castang Wine ShippersThe build up to the region's biggest wine and food event has begun, with organisers promising a 'fashion week' type of event for anyone planning wine lists or menus for the coming season.

The annual Cornwall Wine and Fine Food Fair is taking place on 15-16 February at the St Mellion Golf and Country Club. It's an invitation-only event, and each year attracts thousands of people from the region's booming hospitality industry, as well as individual enthusiasts.

The 2005 event will be an opportunity to sample from a selection of more than 300 wines from all around the world, including those tipped to be 'hot favourites' for the coming season's wine lists by UK wine experts. The fair is being promoted by Castang Wine Shippers with Cornwall Taste of the West, which is running the fair's Food Hall for the third year, showcasing the best of local foods and produce.

"Just like haute couture, each season sees new trends in food and wine fashions," says David Hearnden of Castang Wine Shippers. "Our annual fair is unique in the region. The excitement is in getting a preview of what's going to be 'hot' in terms of wine and food, which will really help restaurateurs and hoteliers plan some exciting menus and wine lists."

Visitors can book to attend wine master classes with wine expert and broadcaster Stephen Barrett, plus Cornwall's only cheese monger Stephen Gunn will again be presenting his hugely popular Cornish cheese master classes at the event.

Tickets for the event will be sent out in January. To ensure your details are on the list to receive a ticket, contact Cornwall Taste of the West on 01579 349363.

For more press information contact Veronica Newport at npr on 01363 866927 or email

Taste of the West is a gateway fund for Objective One investment under the EAGGF.


Editor's notes:

For more press information contact Veronica Newport at npr on 01363 866927 or email

Details of wines to be sampled, and food exhibitors will be available in the New Year.

1. Cornwall Taste of the West is a £3 million Objective One umbrella project, funded by the European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF), the Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs (Defra) and private matched funding. It is part of the Taste of the West speciality food group. Cornwall Taste of the West's four year project includes a trade development programme, a marketing grant scheme and a capital grants scheme, available to small and medium sized food businesses that produce, sell or process foods in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. For more information log on to
2. Castang Wine Shippers, based near Looe, is an independent family business established in 1979. The company imports and supplies wines and grape-based spirits to hotels and restaurants, other merchants and an active private and corporate customer base. David Hearnden has been involved in the wine trade for 38 years and runs the business with his wife Janet, two sons Jonathan and Philip, and daughter in law Mel. The company operates throughout South West England, and has accounts and franchises in other areas of the country. Its portfolio of wines expands annually with selections from wine areas throughout the world. Many of the 400 wines listed are exclusive to Castang. The long-term involvement with the wine trade enables the family to provide a wide range of business skills, a comprehensive service and sound advice to clients.

Veronica Newport
Tel: 01363 866927
Mob: 07808 063053



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