Shrinking Violet No More
Move over Padstow, Newquay and St Ives, Looe is preparing to show its foodie colours with a month long celebration of the area's produce and cuisine. Local producers, restaurateurs and businesses have come together to devise 'Taste South East Cornwall', a gastro-extravaganza running from 11 November to 11 December.
Organisers are putting together an extensive programme of events for each day of the month long initiative. These will include special menus at some of the region's best restaurants, cooking demonstrations and workshops. There will also be wine tastings, trips out to sea, two food fairs and guided walks over the region's moorland and coastal landscape.
The Festival website www.taste-southeastcornwall.co.uk is already up and running with all the latest information, plus visitors can post comments or request email updates on events as they're confirmed.
"This is such a lovely and welcoming area and the local food is so spectacular," says Nick Barclay, Cornish celebrity chef and owner of Barclay House Hotel and Restaurant in East Looe. "The razzamatazz of places like Padstow and St Ives has somewhat eclipsed the Looe area until now, but we hope this month long celebration will change all that. By staging it in the quieter autumn season it will give locals and visitors a chance to re-discover the area and its food at their own pace, and find some great inspiration for Christmas eating."
The ambitious initiative, which is being backed by Bateman Financial Management and Cornwall Taste of the West, is the first of its kind in South East Cornwall. Through its success organisers aim to establish the area as a fine dining destination for both visitors and locals, which will help sustain year round business for restaurants, food and drink producers, tourism businesses, accommodation providers, local shops and services.
Local restaurants and pubs will be promoting special 'Festival menus' featuring innovative dishes made from local produce. Accommodation suppliers are being encouraged to develop and promote foodie short break packages, and major Christmas food fairs at Cotehele and Mount Edgcumbe will provide peak events during the month long celebration.
The promotion of Taste South East Cornwall will also benefit from the already high profile of its four main organisers - Nick Barclay of Barclay House Hotel and Restaurant, Nick Love of Trawlers on the Quay and Andrew Treleaven of the award-winning Treleaven's Luxury Cornish Ice Cream, all based in East Looe, plus Richard McGeown of Couch's Restaurant in Polperro.
"The more local involvement, the more successful Taste South East Cornwall will be," says Nick Love, who is also Secretary of the South East Cornwall Tourism Association. "We've already got a lot of local business support, but we're still keen to hear from any South East Cornwall enterprises interested in getting involved and reaping the benefits of this exciting initiative."
To get involved or for further information email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Nick Barclay on 01503 262929, Andrew Treleaven on 01503 220969, Richard McGeown on 01503 272554, Angie Coombs on 01579 349363 or Nick Love on 01503 263593.
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).
For further information please contact Veronica Newport at n-pr on 01363 866927 or email: email@example.com.
Taste South East Cornwall main joint sponsors: Bateman Financial Management and Cornwall Taste of the West.
Principal Sponsors: Barclay House Hotel and Restaurant; Trawlers on the Quay Restaurant; Treleavens luxury Ice Cream; Couch's Restaurant; South East Cornwall Tourism Association and Herodsfoot Webworks.
Other Sponsors are: Fieldhead Hotel; Just Water; Ship Inn; Sargeants; Trewithin Dairy; Ocean Harvest; Lloyds Bank; Blue Cheese Co; Blue Peter Inn; Blue Sail Fish; Camel Valley Vineyard; Cornish Orchards; Kitto's Sausages; Langman's Restaurant; Plough to Plate; Whitsand Bay Hotel and Wringworthy Cottages.
The event is also supported by: Tamar Valley Tourism Association; Best of Bodmin Moor; Trehaven Manor Country House Hotel; Talland Bay Hotel; Fourniers Restaurant; The Pasty Shop; Walkabout West; Castang Wines; Western Morning News; The Granary Restaurant; Lower Trengale Holiday Cottages; The Wordsmith; Ollie Shears/Funkymiracles; Trehalvin Cottages; Bywater Restaurant; Liaisons Global Cuisine; The Cleave Restaurant; Ough's; Mount Edgcumbe; Cothele House; St Cleer Farm Shop; Yarg Cheese Farm; The Old Sail Loft; The View, Whitsand Bay Hotel; Pengelly's Fish Mongers and the Right Hon the Earl of St Germans and Catherine Wilson.
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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