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11.08.05
Cornish Cuisine Prepares For Centre Stage

The new logo for the Cornwall Food and Drink Festival is shown off by festival chairman Steve Whittingham (right) and top Cornish chef Kevin VinerThe new logo for the Cornwall Food and Drink Festival is shown off by festival chairman Steve Whittingham (right) and top Cornish chef Kevin Viner

Kevin Viner, Gareth Eddy, Ben Tunnicliffe, Nathan Outlaw – the list of top Cornish chefs taking part in the Cornwall Food and Drink Festival in September couldn't be more impressive according to organisers, who are promising a massive celebration of Cornish produce and cuisine. Excitement is building as preparations progress for the three day event which is taking place at Truro's Lemon Quay from 30 September to 2 October. An eye-catching new logo has been developed and a glossy festival programme will soon be available at Fodders Restaurant in Truro and local Tourist Information Centres. From mid-August programme details can also be downloaded from the website www.cornwallfoodanddrinkfestival.com.

Food theatre will once again be a major element of the Festival, which attracted more than 5000 people over two days when it was first staged in October last year. The demonstration kitchen will feature five top chefs each day, all using locally produced food to create delicious dishes, entertain and inspire festival goers.

Award winning chef Kevin Viner, of Viner's Restaurant at Summercourt, wrote the foreword for the Festival programme and will be appearing in the demo kitchen on Saturday 1 October. "I must admit to being a little surprised by the fantastic response to last year's event. There was a real energy and buzz about it, which shows the growing enthusiasm for honest, fresh food in Cornwall. So I'm really looking forward to this year's Festival which promises to be even more exciting. The food theatre is great fun for us chefs as well as the audiences, as we get to talk about and share our greatest passion, which is Cornish food."

The main Festival marquee is fully booked with more than 30 exhibitors and will be bursting with the best of local produce. Visitors will be able to sample and buy a huge range of food and drink, from fresh fish, artisan cheeses and local meats to fruit cake, ice cream and cider.

The organisation of the 2005 event is once again being led by Steve Whittingham of Fodders Restaurant in Truro, with support from sponsors Inside Cornwall Magazine and Cornwall Taste of the West.

"We're very excited about how the Festival's developing," says Angie Coombs of Cornwall Taste of the West. "It's gained so much support so quickly, it's as if this is the event's tenth year rather than just its second. The aim is to give people a delicious day out, but also inspire them to try and buy more local food and drink when they're out and about in Cornwall. If we succeed in both aims it will be excellent news for the county."

Cornwall Food and Drink logoThe event programme includes an exciting new Cornish Food Trail devised by food historian Sara Paston Williams. The Trail features her favourite foodie places around Cornwall, including treasures like Jelbert's ice cream parlour in Newlyn, Bangors Organic Tea Room at Poundstock and old-fashioned village baker H.M. Pearce at Kelly Bray.

The Cornwall Food and Drink Festival is being staged with the support of sponsors Cornwall Taste of the West, Inside Cornwall Magazine, City of Truro, Seafood Cornwall, Fodders Restaurant, Defra, Objective One and Cornwall Catering 2000 and partners.

For more Festival information visit www.cornwallfoodanddrinkfestival.com or call Cornwall Taste of the West on 01579 349363.

For further information please contact Vernoica Newport at n-pr on 01326 866927 or email: veronica@n-pr.co.uk.

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).

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Editor's notes:

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.

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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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