PUBLISHED: 14:26 29 September 2015 | UPDATED: 12:57 30 August 2017

Nathan Outlaw and Outlaw's chef Tim Barnes (1)

Nathan Outlaw and Outlaw's chef Tim Barnes (1)

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Tens of thousands of people descended on to Truro’s Lemon Quay for the most energetic and exciting Food & Drink festival in its 12-year history

Tens of thousands of people descended on to Truro’s Lemon Quay this weekend for the Great Cornish Food Festival, in what organisers Cornwall Food & Drink are describing as the most energetic and exciting in the festival’s 12 year history.

The event is the largest festival anywhere that’s completely dedicated to Cornish food and drink. Over 100 different food experts and chefs from across the county were among the line-up of exhibitors, live demonstrations and children’s activities to get people trying, tasting and learning about Cornwall’s fabulous larder. Seafood hero Nathan Outlaw closed the festival on Sunday afternoon, cooking up a storm with fresh Cornish mackerel in a grand finale that followed a jam-packed timetable, where some of Cornwall’s top chefs were on stage to make the most of Cornish produce. The festival also played host to rising stars in the industry, featuring debuts from Harbour Lights’ Chloe Marsland, Godolphin Arms’ Bernie Powling and Fistral Beach Hotel & Spa’s Ben Arthur - part of Jamie Oliver’s original Fifteen cohort.

Noticeable this year were the number of people who attended the festival all three days, a fact that organisers Cornwall Food & Drink attribute to the sheer variety of demonstrations and produce on offer. “It’s been a great year for people to really get to grips with Cornish food and drink by learning about different techniques and products that they can use at home”, said Ruth Huxley, the festival’s director. “We have such a wealth of experts in the county – not just as chefs on stage but the people behind the products on sale – it’s a fantastic way for people to find out what’s on their doorstep and how to use it, supporting Cornish businesses as they go.”

The festival weekend coincided with the launch week of key sponsor GWR’s rebrand, part of which sees them strengthening the connection between their mainline train services and the communities they serve, working closely with local businesses to help boost the economy. Many of the Cornish products used on board the GWR train services – in particular their world-renowned Pullman Dining Service – were being showcased at the Great Cornish Food Festival this year, including sparkling brut from Knightor Winery near St Austell, biscuits from Furniss Foods, and products from Trewithen Dairy, who this week became the official milk supplier on board all GWR train services. Jamie Anderson, Campaigns Manager at Great Western Railway, says: “We’re delighted to be sponsoring this year’s Great Cornish Food Festival, to help celebrate the amazing food and drink which can be found across the region. We do everything we can to source the produce we sell on our trains locally, from the very land and sea that you travel past on each journey. We’ve been working with Cornwall Food & Drink for five successful years and supporting Cornish produce remains at the heart of our plans for the future."

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