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21.07.05
Organic Beach Barbecue At Cornish Kite Surfing Competition

Cornwall hosts Britain's first official organic beach barbecue this September at the British Kite Surfing Association's (BKSA) Wave event, Watergate Bay. Organic South West is supporting the event to celebrate National Organic Week and everyone attending or taking part can enjoy top quality food and drink from local organic suppliers, at their beach barbeque on Saturday 10th September night, complete with an organic cocktail bar and live entertainment.

National Organic Week, organised by the Soil Association, is the UK's largest celebration of organic food and drink. Now in its 11th year, hundreds of events take place across the country including Cornwall and Devon, which has over five per cent of the UK's certified organic farmers.

Organic South West manager, Traci Lewis explains what the beach barbecue is all about. "Cornwall has some of the best organic meat producers in the country and we want to celebrate this during Organic Week. What better way to do this in Cornwall than with a beach barbeque!" said Traci. "The kite surfing competition is all about being the best so it makes sense to provide some of Cornwall's very best food and drink for competitors and spectators alike. As Organic Week is a celebration of organic produce, there's also an organic cocktail bar on Friday night and for the Saturday night party."

"Kite surfing is a beautiful sport to watch and is one of the fastest growing and most thrilling new watersports," continued Traci. "It has much in common with organic principles, being a sport which works with, rather than against nature thus helping to both preserve and celebrate our beautiful natural environment. We are very proud to be supporting this event and look forward to a memorable and fun weekend."

Launched this year, the BKSA wave series is an exciting new addition to the UK kite surfing calendar. This is the second competition of the series and is hosted by the Extreme Academy at Watergate Bay. It should be a stunning event for both riders and spectators. Watergate Bay is renowned for good wind and waves and the Extreme Academy's Beach Bar & Bistro is a brilliant place to kick back, unwind and enjoy all the weekend has to offer.

Call Claire Young at Watergate Bay on 01637 860543 or email events@watergatebay.co.uk for event enquiries and to book your place at the Saturday night party. Other events to celebrate Organic Week are taking place across the region between 3-11 September. Visit: www.organicsouthwest.org for a full listing or call Organic South West on 01208 78988.

For further information please contact Laura Wellington of Organic South West on 01208 78988 or email: lwellington@soilassociation.org.

The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has invested in Organic South West through the European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF). In addition, the Watergate Bay Hotel has received European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) investment through the HONEY project.

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Editor's notes:

Organic Week, organised by the Soil Association takes place from 3-11 September, starting with the Organic Food Festival on Bristol's Harbourside, 3-4 September where Cornish organic producers will be exhibiting.

For a full list of events across the region visit: www.organicsouthweset.org or see: www.soilassociation.org

The kite surfing event takes place from Friday 9 to Sunday 11 September with all rides in the competition filmed by legendary film guru Sean Nolan - edited highlights will be shown on Saturday evening and judged by the riders at the event party. Sunday will be a rollover day in case of slack wind and waves on Friday/Saturday.

Drawing inspiration from a variety of watersports including windsurfing, wakeboarding and surfing, kite surfing combines these influences to create the newest and fastest growing extreme sport on the water. Competitors in this new series can use any kit (surfboard - strapped/ unstrapped, skimboard, twin tip, mutant) but the emphasis is on fun and riding waves. Style, length of ride, wave size and manoeuvres will all be taken into consideration in the judging. Classes include amateurs, pros, women's & juniors

More Information About Organic Week
Images of last year's Organic Food Festival, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Jamie Oliver, and of organic food and farms, are available from www.soilassociation.org/images.

Celebrity Support
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, who will once again take part in Organic Week, says, "Buy local and organic and you have the satisfaction of knowing you have contributed to the diversity and vitality of the countryside around you."

Jamie Oliver says, "I want to cook with the best ingredients and that's why I support the Soil Association. They're working to ensure that food is the way it should be: healthy, tasty and grown with nature."

Sophie Grigson says, "I eat organic and use organic ingredients where I can because I believe it is a logical step when you think more carefully about where your food comes from."

Sponsors
Organic Week is sponsored by Hambleden Herbs, Highland Spring and Whole Earth Foods.

The Organic Food Festival is organised by the Soil Association in partnership with Yeo Valley Organic. The event is also supported by additional sponsorship from Green & Blacks, Suma, Freshwater Company, the Village Bakery and Attwoolls.

Press release issued and distributed on behalf of Organic South West by Emma Parkin, PR and Media. Tel. 01392 490009 or email: em.parkin@blueyonder.co.uk.

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Clare Morgan
Media Relations Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
Castle House
Pydar Street
Truro TR1 2UD
Mobile: 07973 813647
Telephone: 01872 223439

cmorgan@cornwall.gov.uk

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