Thursday, 20 September 2012

Autumn food festivals in the West Country...

Cornwall Food and Drink
Many people let their tastebuds take the lead when choosing holiday destinations. In this busy world we live in, a holiday means we can sit down opposite our loved ones and take the time to enjoy mealtimes together for a change.
The West Country is renowned for the quality of its local produce and is blessed with hundreds of excellent restaurants and pubs serving delicious fare. We're also lucky to have a tantalising selection of food festivals throughout the region and autumn's a great time to catch one...
Cornwall Food and Drink is a three day celebration of Cornish produce, running from 28th to 30th September in Truro. The festival features more than 60 exhibitors - with plenty of opportunity to try and buy local favourites - and live demos from Cornwall's top chefs. Take your tasty haul back to S243.

Powderham Castle
We're delighted to be sponsoring the inaugural Powderham Food Festival on 6th October which is to be held at 600-year-old Powderham Castle, amidst a beautiful deer park with breathtaking views across the Exe Estuary. The festival has a particular focus on historical Devon fare, as well as stalls, food demonstrations and tastings by artisan makers, small producers, growers, local community groups, wineries and more. Make G109 your castle for the week.

This year’s annual Boscastle Food and Craft Festival, which is taking place on 6th and 7th October, features an impressive line-up of well-known chefs including Nathan Outlaw, Paul Ainsworth of Number 6 Padstow, Andy Appleton from Fifteen Cornwall, and Paul Harwood, head chef at Rick Stein’s St Petroc’s Bistro in Padstow. Test your culinary skills in the fine kitchen of P21.
Falmouth Oyster Festival, from 11th to 14th October, celebrates the start of the oyster dredging season. With oysters galore, seafood, wine and local ale, children's shell painting, sea shanties, a town parade, live music, an oyster shucking competition and a Falmouth Working Boat race, you'll be glad of a comfy sofa waiting for you back at S211.

Dartmouth Food Festival
This year sees the 10th anniversary of the Dartmouth Food Festivalrunning from 26th to 28th October, which sets out to showcase the best quality produce the south west has to offer - from Severn & Wye Smokery through to Heron Valley fruit juices, Well Hung meat and Bigbury Bay Oysters. Mitch Tonks is the festival's advocate - try out his recipe for Fresh Spaghetti with Crab, Chilli and Parsley.

To find out which food festivals are on during your holiday with us, you can search the events on our online 'Explore the Area' map, check our news pages or refer to the 'What Shall We Do Today?' printed guide we send you when we confirm your booking.