Full steam ahead for Cornwall Food
and Drink Festival
Michelin-star chef Ben Tunnicliffe
of The Abbey Restaurant, Penzance, is one of the top Cornish
chefs booked for this year's Cornwall Food and Drink Festival,
pictured here performing food theatre at last year's event
Organisers of the 2005 Cornwall Food and Drink Festival are
aiming to establish it as one of the region's top culinary
events, just one year after it was first staged. The festival
dates have been confirmed as 30 September to 2 October. Truro's
Lemon Quay has been booked as the venue and a 'who's who'
list of Cornish chef's is already committed to taking part.
The Festival was first staged in October 2004 with huge success,
attracting more than 5,000 people over two days. The event
was so popular with the public that some food exhibitors sold
out of produce before lunchtime. Highlights included the spectacle
of food theatre with top Cornish chefs, fish filleting demonstrations
and a daily fresh fish auction.
The organisation of the 2005 event is once again being led
by Steve Whittingham of Fodders Restaurant in Truro, with
support from sponsors Cornwall Taste of the West and Inside
Cornwall Magazine. "Last year's success means we can
be even more ambitious in our plans for the festival," says organiser Steve Whittingham. "The public appetite
for fresh local food is growing dramatically, and an event
like this will help feed and develop people's interest in
and demand for Cornish produce. Ultimately it's a celebration
of Cornish food, which means it's guaranteed to be fun, fascinating
The Cornwall Food and Drink Festival now hopes to join the
ranks of the region's top food events like the Exeter Food
and Drink Festival and Plymouth's FlavourFest. The Festival's
food marquee is already taking bookings from would-be exhibitors
and its demonstration kitchen is set to be busy with chefs
such as Ben Tunnicliffe, Kevin Viner, Nick Barclay, Nathan
Outlaw and Nigel Tabb already confirmed on the food theatre
A Festival Guide is being produced by food writer Sara Paston
Williams in conjunction with Inside Cornwall and Cornwall's
only cheese monger Stephen Gunn will be joining forces with
wine guru Stephen Barrett to present a wine and cheese evening.
Anyone interested in supporting or taking part in the Cornwall
Food and Drink Festival should contact Grace Lobb on 01579
For further information contact Veronica Newport at on 01363
866927or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Objective One Programme for Cornwall
and the Isles of Scilly has invested in Cornwall Taste of
the West through the European Agricultural Guidance
and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF).
Festival Partners include: Fodders Restaurant; Cornwall Taste
of the West; Inside Cornwall Magazine; Alan Paston-Williams;
Truro City Council; Women's Food and Farming Union
Cornwall Taste of the West is a £3 million Objective
One Gateway 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 www.cornwalltasteofthewest.co.uk.
Tel: 01363 866927
Mob: 07808 063053
Media Relations Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
Truro TR1 2UD
Mobile: 07973 813647
Telephone: 01872 223439
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