Review: Newquay Orchard Spring Fayre 2019
PUBLISHED: 16:33 22 May 2019 | UPDATED: 13:01 23 May 2019
Born out of a passion for sustainable living, the Orchard's Fayre, now in its third year, exists to showcase the best of the Newquay community
Having never visited the venue before, I took a short tour where I quickly fell in love with this quirky green-minded community hub. The sprawling five acres is currently home to a traditional organic fruit orchard, produce polytunnel, community growing space and wood workshop. And there are plans for even more. By 2020 there'll be a dedicated makers space, community building with office space and café and - perhaps most excitingly of all - a 600-seat amphitheatre, making it one of the biggest music and arts venue in the county.
After swotting up, I headed to the current amphitheater area for its inaugural performance. Urban Playground, a performance parkour and dance group, put on their latest show: ZOO HUMANS. Inspired by the fact that a third of the UK's young people spend less time outdoors than prisoners, it combined David Attenborough's voiceover with a captivating performance that left the crowd whooping and cheering. Afterwards there was a very popular workshop, but by that point I had one thing on my mind: food.
From Latin America inspired eats and classics like mac 'n' cheese, to vegan cakes and excellent coffee, there was something for every taste bud. The stalls and indoor market was also a haven for foodies and visitors were able to stock up oils from Hard Pressed, seasonal veggies from Cows and Sows and People & Garden, preserves and sauces at Cornish Larder and loaves of Vicky's Bread from Sprout Health Foods.
There were plenty of other items on offer throughout the day too; the fresh cut blooms at Tide Flowers were as eye-catching as they were tempting, while the dream-catchers at Gypsy Soul would add the perfect touch of boho charm to a whimsical bedroom. There was also ethical cleaning products on offer at Innoscent Cleaning and local, natural products at B Skincare. Plenty of people brought along canvas bags and lapped up the opportunity to do some local, plastic-free shopping.
Along with eco-minded locals, the Fayre was especially popular with families and it wasn't hard to see why; there were so many totally free activities to keep little ones entertained. From foraging and bush crafts, to face painting and storytelling, it looked like the perfect family day out. Adults loved the Atlantic Brewery Bar which served up a range of adult-only beverages, meanwhile The Vinyl Collective played an eclectic mix of jazz, soul, funk and hip-hop which suited the atmosphere down to the ground.
I left feeling full and happy, as well as inspired to shop more locally, which should be easy given the prevalence and range of nearby producers and shops. Suffice to say, I'll be back next year. Let's just hope the sun is too.
For more information on events, volunteer opportunities and more visit: https://newquayorchard.co.uk/