10 reasons to get excited about the St Ives Food and Drink Festival

PUBLISHED: 11:51 08 May 2018 | UPDATED: 16:04 18 May 2018

Cornish Michelin star Nathan Outlaw wows the crowds at the St Ives Food and Drink Festival

Cornish Michelin star Nathan Outlaw wows the crowds at the St Ives Food and Drink Festival

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One of the highlights on the St Ives calendar is fast approaching. We pick ten reasons to get really excited about this year’s St Ives Food and Drink Festival taking place 11-13 May on Porthminster Beach

1. We get to sit on Porthminster Beach all day

Eating the best food whilst enjoying white sands and turquoise sea is one of our favourite ways to spend the day… We’re just crossing our fingers for sunny weather!

2. There’s more food to choose from than ever before

We’ve been attending the festival for a couple of years now and it just keeps getting bigger and better each year. For 2018 there’s going to be up to 60 stalls to visit. From pulled pork nachos and locally made chutneys, to crumbly fudge and some of the best churros around, there’s going to be plenty on offer to sate the appetite. The only difficulty is choosing what to have.

3. An incredible line-up will be hitting the Chef Demo Stage

We’re not the best cooks and we need all the help we can get – that’s why we’re super excited to be watching some of Cornwall’s best chefs taking to the stage at the festival. This year, you can expect to see the likes of 2016 MasterChef winner Jane Devonshire and our very own Food & Drink Hero from the Cornwall Life Food & Drink Awards 2017, Ben Tunnicliffe.

4. Live entertainment just got livelier and longer

This year’s festival now extends from daytime entertainment through to the evening on both Friday and Saturday night which means the foodie party can go on for longer. A number of talented local bands and singers will be performing this year. Live performances will be from Shades of Blue, The Correspondents, Electric Swing Circus and much more.

5. Dinner with the ‘St Ives’ Chefs

Festival-goers can look forward to a special one-night only dinner event cooked by some of St Ives most amazing chefs. Michael Smith, Louis Wardman and Cameron Jennings from Porthmeor Beach Café, Grant Nethercott of Alba, Fraser Bruce from The Tate, Glenn Gatland of UNA and Jon Keast from Scarlet Wines are all going to be there. Booking is essential and it’s on a first come, first served basis. Email pminster@btconnect.com to secure a coveted seat!

And here are 5 producers we can’t wait to try at the festival…

1. Barbecue Starr

For a slice of the Caribbean right here in Cornwall, visit the Barbecue Starr stand for some delicious BBQ meats and curries. The catering business is operated entirely by soldiers of the British Military too.

2. Just Pigs

Cornish pulled pork slow cooked in Cornish cider for 12 hours, topped with a sweet BBQ sauce. Need we say more?

3. Thyme and Tide

Experienced Chef Lee Lake cooks up creative seafood dishes influenced by his travels to Japan, Thailand and Portugal. We’ve got our eyes on his seafood gumbo.

4. Choccy Churros

We’ve got a sweet tooth and always leave room for pudding and we’ve certainly got space for these churros. Take your pick from Cream Tea churros, churros topped with Lotus biscuit and coconut cream, and peanut butter and brownie churros too. Churros, churros, churros… We just love them!

5. Achar Street Food

Achar serves up 100% pure veg Indian street food. Expect spicy thali, masala chai, zingy chutneys and crispy bhajia on the go. Yum!

For more information visit www.stivesfoodanddrinkfestival.co.uk

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