For anyone who can’t get enough of the fantastic array of food and drink that heralds from the UK’s most South Westerly peninsula, the answer is just around the corner. A new concept hits the road this year, and its first stop is Bristol.
Cornwall Food & Drink LIVE will come to Brunel’s Old Station in Bristol, from November 2 and 4, 2012.
The two-day event will highlight just why Cornwall has gained such a reputation as the culinary capital of the coast and countryside and is a destination for food lovers from far and wide. Featuring the county’s top food and drinks producers and a host of admired Cornish chefs, plus much more, the event will bring the true flavour of Cornwall to the city.
What’s on offer?
Clotted cream and pasties? Of course! But that’s just the beginning. Cornwall has one of the richest larders in the world and wants to share its bounty! From award winning ales such as Sharp’s Doom Bar and St Austell Brewery’s Tribute, to champion cheeses like Cornish Blue, succulent grass-reared meats and designer chocolates and even the launch of a Cornish pasty flavoured crisp courtesy of the Cornish Crisp Company!
With Christmas just around the corner, Cornwall Food & Drink LIVE is a great opportunity to taste and buy the very best festive produce and gifts straight from the producers, delis, breweries and restaurants in Cornwall.
Headlining in the demonstration theatre two-Michelin starred Nathan Outlaw, a favourite with audiences of BBC’s Great British Menu and Saturday Kitchen, will partner with fellow seafood-superstar, Mitch Tonks, in an unmissable Seafood Special on Sunday 4th November. Throughout the weekend the stage will play host to numerous other master-classes, tastings and fun challenges, including:
- On Saturday 3rd, the show opens with James Churchfield from BBC Radio Cornwall teaming up with renowned Cornish chef Paul Ripley to take on BBC Radio Bristol and a Bristol chef in a cook-up challenge
- Mark Puckey, Head Lecturer of Padstow Seafood School, Andy Appleton, Head Chef at Fifteen Cornwall, and Emily Scott from The Harbour in Port Issac will be sharing their skills in the demo theatre, whilst chef Richard Musgrave will be demonstrating ‘cooking for survival’ from a ShelterBox kit.
- Wine expert Fiona Beckett will be taking the lead in the Drinks Academy, matching Cornish drinks with cheese … just in time for the Christmas cheeseboard. Cornish drink producers including Sharp’s and Cornish Orchards Cider will also be giving informative but fun tutored tastings over the weekend.
- Sunday November 4 will also bring Cornish chef Paul Ainsworth (from No. 6 in Padstow, recently awarded Michelin star status) to the stage to demonstrate seasonal game, and the Clifton Rugby boys go head to head in a pasty crimping challenge.
Plenty to please all tastes and ages. Families can get stuck in with an array of fun activities with a distinctly Cornish flavour. Old and young can have a go at learning the art of pasty crimping, come face to face with an RNLI lifeboat and take part in shanty singing! Those who enjoy the active side of life can also Race the Doom Bar with the Sharp’s rowing simulator!
And if you’re planning a getaway to the county next year, there will be many hotels and attractions to talk to, including the experts from Visit Cornwall. Cornish Mining World Heritage and Country Sports South West will also be on hand with lots of ideas for your visit to Cornwall!
For more information and to book discounted advance tickets, visit http://www.cornwallfoodanddrink.co.uk/live.
Cornwall Food & Drink LIVE will take place on Saturday and Sunday November 3 and 4, 2012, at Brunel’s Old Station, Bristol.
Opening times: Saturday November 3 – 10am to 6pm, Sunday November 4 – 10.30am to 5pm
Entrance is £5 (or £4 if purchased via http://www.cornwallfoodanddrink.co.uk/live before November 1); free for children under 16 accompanied by an adult.
Situated next to Bristol Temple Meads Station, the Brunel’s Old Station venue is easily accessible by rail. With rail journey times of less than 15 minutes from Bath, around 30 minutes from Taunton and just over an hour from Reading, it’s an easy and stress-free route to a great day out. For those who’d like to take in the whole weekend, there are numerous hotels within easy walking distance, and the Cabot Circus shopping centre is just a short distance away. The venue is also on bus routes and is served by several car parks.