Sharon Reid

 

It transpires that Cornwall is considered a prime foodie destination, who knew? Michelin –starred, TV chef, Rick Stein is a consistent promoter of Cornwall; he is a long –term resident and has built up an impressive portfolio of Cornish restaurants. In addition, Nathan Outlaw has transferred his Michelin –starred fare to his eponymous fish restaurant in North Cornwall’s picturesque fishing village of Port Isaac; while Jamie Oliver has given Cornwall his seal of approval via his enthusiasm for its delicious seafood and produce.

Celebrity endorsements aside, Cornwall will host several food festivals over the coming months; this is a great opportunity to sample local, fresh produce while breathing in the fresh sea air.

What: Porthleven Food Festival

When: 24th -26th April

What to expect

 ‘Feast and Fiesta’ is this year’s theme, tantalise your taste buds with international themed dishes such as: Japanese sushi, Spanish Churros and Filipino Adobo pork, not forgetting local Cornish delights.

Dance off the calories with live music from two outdoor stages.

Stay at

Captain’s Rest (sleeps four) in Porthleven, a stylish refurbished fisherman’s cottage with incredible sea views. A week’s stay, from April 18th,  costs £167 pp (£667 total).

What: Don’t Wake the Fish Festival

When: 23rd – 24th May

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 Now in its fourth year, this quirky festival held at the Gurnard’s Head in St Ives is a celebration of Cornish ale, live music and skilled artisans. Eat locally sourced food washed down with Cornish brewed ales against the backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean and ancient Penwithian moorland.

Stay at

1 Academy Cottage (sleeps two) in St Ives Town, a well-equipped property with beautiful vistas of the harbour. A week’s stay, from May 23rd, costs £356 pp (£712 total).

What: Newlyn Fish Festival

When: Bank Holiday Monday – 31st August

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An extensive programme of cookery demonstrations by top local chefs, the Cornish Fishmonger of the Year competition, stories read by story –tellers and of course the chance to feast on some of the country’s best seafood, while helping to raise money for the Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen.

Stay at

HarbourPride (sleeps six) in Newlyn a former pilchard press situated alongside Newlyn Harbour. A week’s stay, from August 29th, costs £112 pp (£670 total).

 

For more information, and to book one of Aspects Holidays’ coastal and country holiday discoveries – for a short break or longer – call 01736 754242 or visit www.aspects-holidays.co.uk.