THE FOODIE DIARY: JUNE
Another jam-packed issue of the Foodie Diary. There are festivals galore, product launches, foraging adventures and restaurant openings.
June brings us beautiful broad beads and peas, salads and strawberries, lamb, mackerel, crabs and lobsters. We can enjoy the long, light evenings, perhaps even daring to eat al fresco… Dig out your flip flops, fire up the barbie, and enjoy Cornwall’s amazing produce as we step into summer.
Over 40 local exhibitors will be at this year’s Looe Food Festival, which takes place over the weekend of 28 and 29 June in the large marquee in Millpool car park. Visitors have a chance to meet growers and producers and taste everything from cheeses and cupcakes to ice cream and sea salt before buying.
There will be regular chef demos throughout the event in the purpose built “Chefs’ Kitchen”, including appearances by Nick Barclay of the Blue Plate Restaurant and deli, the Posh Pasty Co.’s James Strawbridge, and the Tanner brothers, who have recently opened a farm shop and food outlets in Looe in addition to their Plymouth restaurants and new pub in Kent.
WHEN: From 9am, 28 and 29 June 2014
WHERE: Millpool car park, West Looe
ENTRY: Free, with plenty of parking.
Now in its 220th year, the Royal Cornwall Show is the county’s biggest annual event, and is recognised as one of the UK’s finest agricultural shows, celebrating all aspects of farming and rural life. The three days are packed full of family entertainment (see website for details) and over 1,000 trade stands.
The Cornwall Food and Farming Group’s pavilion will contain almost fifty exhibitors, showcasing the best of Cornwall’s food and drink. Other food businesses will be exhibiting beyond the pavilion and dozens of food stands will be located across the site.
WHEN: 5, 6 and 7 June
WHERE: The Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge, PL27 7JE
COST: £17.50 for adults, £5 for children. More ticket details.
CORNISH KETCHUP LAUNCHES
The brainchild of Grounded‘s Chris Gordon, and Kris Fleming, of Inhabit, Cornish Ketchup has arrived, just in time for summer barbecue season. The tomatoes were grown by People and Gardens, and the ketchup was produced to Chris and Kris’ own recipes.
FRESH LOBSTER AND CRAB FROM BOSCASTLE FISHING CO.
The Boscastle Fishing Company, who opened on Good Friday, sell super-fresh lobster and crab, landed in Boscastle Harbour from their boat ‘Beeny’. The lobsters and crabs are kept in seawater holding tanks, and are available to both public and trade buyers from their shop just up the quay in the old Rocket Store.
Pop in for a simple crab sandwich or a delicious lobster roll, made to the classic ‘Maine’ recipe with chopped lobster, diced celery, a little lettuce, mayonnaise, lemon salt, pepper and paprika.
Crabs and lobsters are available in a range of sizes, live or cooked, with dressed crabs and white and brown crabmeat also for sale. Phone ahead if you have a specific requirement or want to pre-order for a party or your holiday, although there is always a good selection in the shop.
OPEN: Tuesday to Saturday, 9am – 5pm, sandwiches and rolls from 11.30 – or phone ahead if you want one earlier.
WHERE: The Boscastle Fishing Company, The Rocket Store, Boscastle Harbour, PL35 0HD
CONTACT: tel 01840 250450 or email [email protected]
CORNWALL’S AWARD WINNNERS
The 2014 Taste of the West Product Awards was hugely successful for Cornwall’s food and drink producers. Buttermilk Confectionery took five awards for their Cornish fudge, and Cloud Nine Marshmallows won a gold for their delicious sounding salted caramel peanut marshmallow. Roskilly’s and Callestick scooped four awards for their ice creams, with Red Stuff, Trewithen Dairy, St Ewe eggs and Lynher Dairies amongst other winners. Cornish Duck, Kernow Sausage Co, Primrose Herd won awards in the meat categories, and Cornwall’s beer and cider producers did well in their categories. See the full list of results.
Cornwall’s hospitality sector has also done well in the 2014 Taste of the West Hospitality and Retail Awards. Gold winners so far include the Blue Tomato Café in Rock, The Herring in Mawgan Porth, No 4 Peterville in St Agnes and Oliver’s Restaurant in Falmouth. See the full list of results as they come in.
Congratulations to Grumpies, who won two silvers in the British Pie Awards for their Chicken, Gammon and Leek Pie and Venison & Red Wine Pie.
Camel Valley have added to their trophy cabinet with another set of impressive results at this year’s International Wine Challenge. The Lindos took golds for their 2012 Pinot Noir Rose Brut and 2009 Chardonnay Brut sparkling wines, a silver for the 2012 Camel Valley Brut, and two bronzes.
The week long Mevagissey Feast Week kicks off with a Fish Festival on Sunday 29 June and culminates in a firework display over the harbour on Saturday 5 July.
There is plenty to keep you entertained at the Fish Festival, with exhibitions, demonstrations, live music and a fantastic selection of fish dishes to eat. Other events during the week include choirs and bands, flora dances, children’s entertainment and competitions, plus colourful parades, boat and raft races and a fête.
WHEN: 29 June to 5 July
WHERE: Mevagissey Harbour
MORE DETAILS: www.mevagisseyfeastweek.org.uk
NEW OWNERS FOR THE MARINERS IN ROCK
The Mariners in Rock is in new hands as Nathan Outlaw and Sharp’s Brewery collaborate to take on their first public house.
The kitchen will be led by Executive Chef Paul Ripley, himself the holder of a Michelin star at his eponomous St Merryn restaurant from 2003 to 2009. After stints at the St Kew Inn and Stein’s Seafood Bar in Falmouth, Paul helped set up Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen in Port Isaac last summer.
WILD FOOD FORAGING WALK AT BEDRUTHAN
Adam Clark, Bedruthan Hotel and Spa’s resident wild food expert and chef, leads regular foraging walks from the hotel. We recently attended one of these wonderful walks and learnt so much about wild food. The walk from the hotel, down to the beach, and then along the wooded valley towards St Mawgan was fascinating and highly recommended.
WHEN: 10am – 12 noon, Tuesday 27 May, Saturdays 14 and 21 June
WHERE: Meet at Bedruthan Hotel and Spa
COST: Free to hotel residents, £5 for non-residents
BOOK A PLACE: for full details visit Bedruthan Hotel and Spa’s website
Launceston’s first Food Festival is part of the Charles Causley literature and arts festival, which is running from 12 – 16 June.
On 14 June, food and drink will take over the town, with pop up bars and restaurants, wine, cider and beer producers, and food stalls in the town square and surrounding streets. Penpont Brewery has created a special Causley Ale and there will be free performances from poets and musicians to keep you entertained during the event.
WHEN: 10am – 1opm, Saturday 14 June
WHERE: Launceston Town Square
MORE DETAILS: Visit their Facebook page
SURF-SIDE OPENING IN POLZEATH
Fluid Movement, responsible for some of London’s most experimental cocktail bars, are relaunching Surf-Side café and bar in Polzeath. Fluid Movement’s Thomas Aske and Tristan Stephenson (ex-Fifteen Cornwall) are teaming up with Stuart and Amanda Kirkbride, who have run Polzeath’s ConeZone for 13 years.
The 38 cover restaurant and outside terrace will serve great food using locally sourced and healthy ingredients. Open throughout the day and into the evening, when you can watch the sun set and enjoy some seriously good beverages. Watch this space for more details.
Surf-Side are currently recruiting – please get in touch via their Facebook page.
Cornwall Hospice Care is holding the Cornish Food Festival at The Penventon Park Hotel on Sunday 1 June.
Featuring thirty Cornish food and drink producers, there will also be live cookery demonstrations and talks on seasonal produce. Entry is free and proceeds from a raffle will go to Cornwall Hospice Care. Prizes include a weekend at The Penventon Park Hotel and a hamper from Rick Stein.
A PINCH OF SALT
These gorgeous little pinch pots are handmade in Cornwall for Cornish Sea Salt, and perfect for restaurant tables. They are currently looking lovely on the tables of The Porthminster and Margot’s Bistro, amongst others. Please email Cornish Sea Salt to find out more.
Cornish Sea Salt is also launching a new Smoky BBQ Sea Salt at the end of May. It makes an ideal rub for chicken and fish, just in time for barbecue season. Other favourites include Lemon and Thyme and Luxury Pepper, now indispensable in our kitchen.
STEIN’S SUMMER SEASONAL DEMO
At the time of writing, tickets are still available for this popular evening. The summer seasonal demo kicks off at 6pm with a glass of wine in the Seafood School, whilst watching some of Stein’s chefs demonstrate three dishes. They will also talk about what’s in season and share tips and techniques.
Following the demos there will be a selection of tastings in the deli below, and guests will receive a £5 voucher for the deli for use on purchases over £25.
WHEN: 6pm, Thursday 19 June
WHERE: The Seafood School, Padstow
COST: £16 per person, booking essential
RESERVATIONS: tel 01841 532700
Jack Stein, executive chef and son of Rick, hosts his first ever ‘Evening with Jack Stein‘ at Padstow Seafood School on Thursday 26 June. Tickets are now on sale for what promises to be a fun and interesting evening.
Jack will demonstrate a selection of his favourite dishes from his travels around the world, whilst offering cookery tips and techniques and entertaining the audience with anecdotes from his culinary adventures.
WHEN: 7pm, Thursday 26 June
WHERE: Padstow Seafood School
TICKETS: £45 each, which includes a tasting of all the dishes demonstrated by Jack, accompanied by a selection of wines.
RESERVATIONS: tel 01841 532700 or email [email protected]
GO FORAGING WITH FAT HEN
Fat Hen is a Wild Food Cookery School in West Cornwall, specialising in foraging. This month Caroline Davey is running a wide selection of courses:
Friday 6 June, wild food foraging talks at 12 noon and 4pm in the horticultural tent at the Royal Cornwall Show.
Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 June, Fish & Game Weekend
Wednesday 11 June, Wild Food Taster Day
Friday 13 June, Seaweed Foraging & Cookery Day
Friday 20 June, 4 – 6pm, Wild Food Taster Walk – Coastal Vegetables & Seaweeds
Friday 27 June, Wild Food Taster Day
For more details of individual courses, visit the Fat Hen website.
FEASTS AT THE HIDDEN HUT
June sees a wonderful array of feast nights at The Hidden Hut, including the very popular Lobster Week. Tickets on sale at 7pm Monday 26 May. Good luck!
Wednesday 4 June, Crispy Pork Belly, £13 pp
Tuesday 10 June, Lobster Thermidor, £20 pp
Thursday 12 June, Lobster & Crab Cakes, £16 pp
Saturday 14 June, Lobster & Chips, £20 pp
Wednesday 25 June, Minted Lamb Burgers, £9 pp
Sunday 29 June, Keralan Vegetable Thali, £13 pp
If you like to bake and eat cakes, then this could be for you. The Cornish branch of the Clandestine Cake Club meets every month or two. Guests bake a cake, bring a friend, and meet at a secret location, where the cakes are enjoyed.
A great opportunity to meet like-minded people, the June event will take place at the same time as Susan Fowler’s #CornwallHour on Twitter, so there will be live eating and tweeting. The theme is “Free as a Bird”, the event is free to attend, but please register beforehand.
DUCHY COLLEGE SUMMER FOOD FESTIVAL
Duchy College opens its doors to the public for the weekend on 21 and 22 June. This family friendly event gives you the chance to meet the students, staff and animals, tour the farm and enjoy the entertainment, which includes bakery and cheese making demos, a dog show and a digger driving challenge. Free entry and parking. For full details visit their website.
WHEN: 10am – 4pm, 21 & 22 June
WHERE: Duchy College, Stoke Climsland
CONTACT: tel 0845 60 50 455
RIVERFORD’S BIG WORM DIG
Riverford is hoping to get as many people as possible to take part in its Big Worm Dig this summer. Using the booklet available through their website or from Riverford Cornwall, simply dig a small patch of soil, identify the worms you find with their easy key and upload results to the Big Worm Dig website.
Though widespread, very little is known about the ecology of earthworms, so the aim of this survey is to better equip scientists to monitor the wellbeing of the UK population.
“They may not be the most appealing of creatures, but we really need worms,” explains Steve Allen, who delivers Riverford vegboxes in Cornwall. “They are like mini tractors, loosening up the soil to allow air and water to penetrate. They also convert soil nutrients into a form that plants can use more readily, which is why we love them at Riverford; they help look after our veg!”
CORNISH PIZZA CO. ON THE ROAD
The award winning Cornish Pizza Co. in St Agnes is getting ready for the debut of their VW Camper van mobile pizza service, to be seen this summer at markets and festivals across Cornwall. It can also be hired for weddings and parties.
Their pizza dough is made each day in the St Agnes shop, and cooked in their mobile Italian stone-based oven. Pizzas include the “Wheal Coates”, with Cornish blue, leeks and cherry tomatoes, and the “Wheal Roots”, with spiced chicken, preserved lemon, black olives, coriander and peppers. See the full selection here.
For more information phone 07989 159277 or contact them via their website.
Elisa Cunningham is a talented illustrator, and we’re thrilled that she’s produced the beautiful header image at the top of this page for us, as well as the Cornish Pizza Co’s picture (see article above).
Elisa is a freelance illustrator based in Cornwall, and recently graduated from Falmouth University with a degree in Illustration. She uses a mix of traditional and digital methods to create her illustrations and highly values observational work within her practice. She also loves creating atmosphere in her illustrations and using colour sensitively.
Elisa likes drawing a wide range of subjects, but her favourite commissions are definitely food related (see the food maps above). Local food clients include the Cornish Pizza Co, and she is also involved in a (currently top secret) rebrand of a major food brand with Briggs & Co.
Wadebridge Beer Festival takes place from 11am to 11pm on Saturday 21 June in the car park behind Wadebridge Wines. There will be a huge selection of beers to taste, live music, and great food available. Entry is just £2, in aid of Wadebridge Lions Club.
This year’s Fowey Mussel and Beer Fest will be held on 21 and 22 June. Expect demos, champagne tastings, oysters from Fowey Fish and hot seafood from Sam’s and Fish for Thought. Saturday evening sees cocktails, a barbecue and live music on The Quay.
Jamie Andrew’s Bosvena Restaurant in Bodmin is due to open very soon. Watch this space for more details.
The Ship Inn in Wadebridge has started an informal, monthly wine club, where attendees have a chance to chat and try a selection of wines with expert tuition from Tamsin of Wadebridge Wines. The featured wine of the month is selected by the guests. The next event is Tuesday 10 June, reserve your place by Sunday 8 June. £12 per person.
If you haven’t tried James Nathan’s cooking yet, then don’t miss his seven course tasting menu. Available in The Green Room Restaurant every Thursday, £40 per person. For more details visit their Facebook page.
Falmouth’s Peasouk café host their next supper club on Saturday 7 June and will be celebrating new season, Cornish spring vegetables. Many will be home grown by Nicola or sourced locally from Cusgarne Organic Farm. Accompanied by Cornish songs, this should be a fun evening.
The Secret Garden Café in Truro is holding ‘All Veggie Evenings’ every Friday and Saturday during summer. There will be a different special menu each evening.
The first pop up restaurant for Bude’s Edgcumbe Hotel is being held on Saturday 28 June. American food by Ali of Made with Love includes a clam bake and key lime pie. £30 per person, phone 01288 353846 to book.
Don’t forget Zoltan the Knife Sharpener will be outside Cornish Food Box on Friday 28 June. Say goodbye to blunt knives, but have a packet of plasters at the ready!
Last, but not least, Miss V’s Cornish Cream Tea Tea Room and Tea Garden opens in St Benet’s Abbey in Lanivet on Saturday 14 June. Having run as a mobile vintage tea party for the past year, Miss V will be serving up homemade scones with Trewithen cream and Tregothnan teas at her new permanent café.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Port Eliot Festival returns to the beautiful Port Eliot estate near St Germans from 24 to 27 July. The festival celebrates the best of art, literature, music and food, with a great line up of chefs, including Rose Prince, Russell Norman and Tom Parker Bowles, and a wonderful pop up restaurant collaboration between Fortnum’s and Mark Hix. See the July Foodie Diary for more details, and for tickets visit their website.
The 2014 Rock Oyster Festival will be held on 12 July in the grounds of Dinham House near Rock. A farmers’ market will run from 12 noon to 4pm, and there will be a fantastic choice of food and drink for festival goers to enjoy alongside the music and entertainment. More details next month.
As ever, if you’ve got food news, please add it to the comments section below or email Ellie.