THE FOODIE DIARY: JUNE
As I write this the sun is streaming in through the window and it feels like summer is finally on its way. The longest day of the year is nearly upon us and the countryside is looking beautiful with an abundance of wild flowers growing in hedgerows and meadows.
Don’t miss buying some local asparagus while it’s at its best (see my asparagus blog). Cornish salad and vegetable production is going into overdrive; now is the time to enjoy Cornish earlies, strawberries and raspberries, radish and salad leaves.
In terms of fish and meat, oily fish such as mackerel and sardines are particularly good at the moment, as are crab and lobster, and spring lamb.
We hope you enjoy this month’s Foodie Diary; please feel free to comment at the foot of the page and do keep sending us your food news from across the county.
CORNWALL FOOD FOUNDATION’S FOODWORKS CAMPAIGN
Cornwall Food Foundation is best known for being the charity behind the Fifteen Cornwall Apprentice Programme and Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall restaurant. They also work with schools across Cornwall, helping teachers and students learn about growing and producing healthy, delicious, nutritious meals from scratch.
Their new programme, FoodWorks, will bring people together to share and practice food skills, enabling them to support and motivate each other to cook better for healthier lives.
The Crowdfunder campaign aims to raise £40,000 by 3 June, so if you feel you can support them, please make your pledge now.
The Big Lunch is a very simple idea from the Eden Project. The aim is to get as many people as possible to have lunch with their neighbours for a few hours of community, friendship and fun. 4.83 million people took part in The Big Lunch on 1 June 2014.
Potluck Cornwall and People and Gardens are coming together to hold this year’s The Big Lunch Potluck Picnic at Watering Lane Nursery. People and Gardens assists adults with learning difficulties and mental health issues, and together they grow salad and vegetables for The Eden Project and their own veg bags.
As well as enjoying a picnic (NB bring your own blankets and chairs, drinks and a dish or two to share) you will be able to wander around the nursery, see what’s growing and meet the people behind this fabulous organisation.
If you would like to make a donation to People and Gardens please text SPUD16 £5.00 (or your amount) to 70070.
WHEN: 1pm to 5pm, Sunday 7 June.
WHERE: Watering Lane Nurseries, Saint Austell, PL26 6BE.
MORE INFORMATION: See the Facebook event page.
POL ROGER DINNER AT ST TUDY INN
Pol Roger Champagne is teaming up with award-winning chef, Emily Scott, for a fabulous sounding evening at her beautiful pub, the St Tudy Inn.
Following drinks and canapés, Emily will be serving up a gorgeous, seasonal four course menu, with matching wines. Priced at £85 per person.
WHEN: 7pm, Thursday 4 June.
WHERE: St Tudy Inn, St Tudy.
RESERVATIONS: phone 01208 850656.
LUNCH WITH A VIEW AT FIFTEEN CORNWALL
The seasonal lunch menu at Fifteen Cornwall is mouthwateringly good, and with the restaurant’s views across Watergate Bay, I can’t think of many better places to watch the waves from.
The sample lunch menu includes dishes such as risotto primavera with pecorino and pea shoots, wood-fired Cornish chicken with polenta chips, spinach and aioli, and Cornish monkfish with clams, fennel and gremolata. Desserts could include apple arancini with toffee sauce and clotted cream, and Amedei No9 chocolate torte with pistachio crème fraîche and praline.
The three course set lunch menu is £32 per person, and a children’s menu is also available at lunchtime.
To reserve a table phone 01637 861000 or book online.
AMITY OPENS IN NEWQUAY
Katy Davidson of Mangez Moi Oysters has opened a fabulous little seafood bar in Newquay. Amity serves up oysters as well as other seafood dishes, including lobster rolls, mackerel baps and moules marinières, plus great coffee, healthy breakfasts, salads and promises of exotic sweets.
The Thirstea Company’s trusty van, Earl, is back at its usual spot at the National Trust’s Porth Farm on the Roseland. They’re open six days a week (closed Fridays) in June, and seven days a week in July and August.
There is an excellent circular walk at Towan Beach (postcode start is TR2 5EX), after which you can enjoy The Thirstea Co.’s homemade cakes and bakes, fresh Cornish pasties, homemade sandwiches and Callestick Farm ice cream, as well as a jolly good cup of tea.
POLO ON THE BEACH
Not entirely food-related, but GWR Polo on the Beach is a fabulous weekend of family entertainment. The event will be held at Watergate Bay from 26 to 28 June.
The Saturday night Beach Party features live music as well as great food and drink from The Horse and Carriage beach bar, the Airstream Champagne garden, the Bath Gin cocktail bar and a selection of street food.
We have two party tickets up for grabs – head over to our competition to enter.
DAVID GRIFFEN WINS FOOD PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR AWARD
Huge congratulations to Cornwall-based food photographer and Barefoot favourite David Griffen, who has won the top prize at the world’s leading food photography awards.
David’s shot of a Malaysian street food vendor was the winner in the Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year 2015 awards, held at London’s Mall Galleries on 6 May.
The winning image, titled “Smoked Wings”, depicts a street food vendor smoking a cigarette whilst cooking and smoking racks of chicken wings over hot coals, and was taken on the street Jalan Alor in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
For more information on David Griffen, and more images from his trip to Malaysia, visit www.davidgriffen.co.uk.
GOLD FOR CAMEL VALLEY
More success for Cornwall, with Camel Valley picking up a gold award in the International Wine Challenge and Decanter World Wine Awards.
The International Wine Challenge Gold Medal was for the Camel Valley Pinot Noir Rosé 2013 – yet to be released – and Silver Medals were awarded to ‘Annie’s Anniversary’ Brut 2013 and their flagship fizz, ‘Cornwall’ Brut 2013.
The 2012 Pinot Noir Rosé won the same international gold last year, along with the trophy and two other gold medals.
Pete has been following biodynamic and organic growing principles for many years to grow his popular salad leaves – Lizard Leaves – and after last year’s trials, twelve tomato varieties have been selected, with a focus on great taste.
These include Canara Gold (a bright orange round cherry tomato with exceptional flavour due to high sugar content), Tomato-berry (a unique heart shaped red tomato with a super sweet flavour), Rainbow Blend (juicy, sweet and colourful olive shaped fruits in yellow, orange, red and pink), Green Zebra (distinctive flavour with a green-yellow stripe) and Costoluto Fiorentino (a meaty heavy ribbed beef tomato).
Fal Oyster’s pop up oyster shack and wine bar on Crinnis Beach reopens for the summer on 16 June.
The fully licensed restaurant and bar Ostraca has seating for eight inside which can be reserved or, alternatively, visitors can eat and drink al fresco on the decking or at the large tables facing the bay.
Food on offer includes Porthilly Rock oysters, Cornish sardines, Cornish scallops, Cornish crab and Cornish salad, Baker Tom cakes, Tregothnan teas, Fal Oyster Stout, beers and ciders. Also on site is the first official Camel Valley Wine Bar where the solar powered fridge will be stocked with ‘Cornish Champagne’.
Regular pop up nights will be held there over summer, with Mark Apsey (ex-Idle Rocks) taking the helm for the first event on 23 June. For more details visit ostraca.co.uk.
There are still a few tickets left for the Giaconda wine dinner at Padstow Seafood School on 10 June. The six course food and wine tasting menu costs £95 per person, and judging by the Archangel dinner we enjoyed in October, you’re in for a treat.
Jack Stein has designed an exclusive six course menu which will be accompanied by matching wines, with guided tastings from Giaconda vineyard’s experts.
The sample menu looks delicious:
- Raw sea bass, apple and lemon verbena | Giaconda Estate Vineyard Chardonnay 2012
- Turbot ragout with miso, summer vegetables and Iberico ham | Giaconda Estate Vineyard Chardonnay 2011
- Lobster, Trerethern Farm vegetables, olive powder and rapeseed | Giaconda Estate Vineyard Chardonnay 2010
- Lemon sole with Shiraz, baby leek and bacon | Giaconda Pinot Noir 2013
- Beef short rib, Jerusalem artichoke and pickled red onion | Giaconda Warner Vineyard Shiraz 2012
- Cheese selection | Giaconda Warner Vineyard Shiraz 2008
WHEN: 7pm, Wednesday 10 June.
WHERE: Padstow Seafood School.
RESERVATIONS: Phone 01841 532700, £95 per person.
Shellfish Pig is celebrating its first birthday by hosting a feast evening in the idyllic Enys Gardens near Penryn. Guests are invited to explore the gardens, relax (bring your own blankets and chairs) and feast.
The evening kicks off at 6pm with Cornish crab bruschetta and a glass of Cava, followed by a feast box of Primrose Herd pork – smoked pulled pork sliders, sticky tender pork ribs, sausage wrapped in candied bacon – and a selection of salads and side dishes.
Sophisticakes will be providing birthday cake, and other cakes, treats, soft drinks and coffee will be available on the evening at extra cost.
WHEN: Doors open 5.30pm for 6pm start, Saturday 27 June.
WHERE: Enys Gardens, St Gluvias, Penryn TR10 9LB.
TICKETS: £12 per person, phone 07917 196970.
RICK STEIN’S NEW BOOK: FROM VENICE TO ISTANBUL
Rick Stein will be releasing a new book on 30 July and to celebrate he will be holding a book signing at Stein’s Deli and hosting an evening event at Padstow Seafood School.
The book is entitled “From Venice to Istanbul” and is a food journey through the Eastern Mediterranean, from Venice, through Greece and Croatia, to Turkey. The book accompanies a new six-part series which will be screened on BBC2 this summer.
The events aren’t until July, but you might want to put the date in your diary and book your tickets before they sell out:
The book signing takes place at Stein’s Deli, from 11am to 12 noon on Thursday 30 July.
An Evening with Rick Stein will be held in Padstow Seafood School from 7-9pm on the same day. Rick will demonstrate his favourite dishes from the book and guests will get to taste them, along with a glass or two of wine. Tickets are £85 each and available online.
NEWS FROM LUSTY GLAZE
Lusty Glaze’s second Secret Supper Club will be held on Thursday 4 June. Tickets are priced at £35 per person and available online. The menu, event details and layout will all remain a secret – just the date and location are revealed.
From 11 June the weekly Sundowner Sessions move to Thursday evenings throughout the summer months. Entry is free, with live music from 8pm.
The new summer menu will launch mid June, featuring local produce from the land and sea. The bar and restaurant are open from Wednesday to Sunday during June. For reservations phone 01637 872444 and for more details visit www.lustyglaze.co.uk.
BUTTERMILK‘S NEW FUDGE FACTORY
The Buttermilk Confectionery Co. has moved all production to brand new premises in Bodmin. David and Tracy Goad took over the 50-year-old company from David’s parents in 2010, and they have invested £600,000 in the new site, tripling production space and creating six new jobs.
Tracy said: “This is a major milestone in the Buttermilk story and we’re really excited for the next chapter. We’re operating on a much larger scale but the core of what we do will always remain: we are an artisan producer, hand making our products in open copper pans with quality ingredients.”
Buttermilk produces over 70 different flavours of fudge and a range of confectionery including brittle, toffee, truffles and Turkish delight. In their new factory they are easily able to produce 1,500kg of delicious fudge each day.
For more information visit www.buttermilk.co.uk.
SWIM AND DINE AT ZACRY’S
When you book an evening table in Zacry’s you can use the hotel’s beautiful Swim Club for a couple of hours before dinner. The 25m indoor infinity pool is the perfect place to work up an appetite for supper, or relax in the hot tub on the deck, or simply sink into a sofa with a G&T in the tranquil Ocean Room.
Three courses and use of Swim Club cost £36.50 per person. Swim Club available from 6pm, and tables available from 8pm. For full details and to book a table please visit their website.
Rick Stein’s Fish in Falmouth is holding a crab celebration throughout June.
If you’ve never eaten crab before, the team will be on hand to give top tips and will provide all the tools you need to get stuck in and gloriously messy.
As well as their usual restaurant menu you can enjoy a wide range of crab dishes; the sample menu includes crab bisque, crab cakes, Malaccan black pepper crab and crab linguine. Yum.
NEWS FROM SAM’S @ THE BAY
Still glowing from winning the award for the best creative business at The Hub Awards in December, Sams @ the Bay at Crinnis beach is now open again for the year.
This summer sees a new Tikki rum shack and a diary packed with events and live music as well as Miracle Theatre on 24 June. Great food and Sam’s usual relaxed vibes make this a perfect place to hang out by day or by night.
For all event information see Facebook.
The weekend of 19 to 21 June sees a new, free, food and music event in the streets of Fowey.
Bands on the quay include Backbeat Sound System and Hitpinch, food vendors include Sam’s and Inkie’s and local butcher Richard Kittow will be demonstrating sausage making.
Plus vintage fairground rides, Father’s Day dad dancing (brilliant idea) and a BBQ smoke off. For full details see their Facebook page.
The Cornish Street Food Collective’s Moorish events are proving successful. This month they will be on Falmouth Moor on Wednesday 10 June from midday until 9pm, and Saturday 27 June from 6-10pm.
Moorish events combine live music, family entertainment and great street food, and traders include the Mexican Bean, Proper Pancakes, Bangers on the Go and Eat This.
Keep an eye on their Facebook page for more events.
LOBSTER SUPPER AT THE ROSEVINE
The Rosevine’s new summertime treat is the Cornish Coastal Lobster Supper.
Start with a sharing Cornish tapas slate, then enjoy the simply grilled lobster, with a garlic and herb butter, fries and salad. Choose any dessert from the menu.
Priced at £90 for two people, inlcuding a chilled bottle of Prosecco, this is a real treat.
Please book 24 hours in advance. Phone 01872 580206 or email [email protected].
SLICE OF CORNWALL
A gorgeous new café – Slice of Cornwall – has opened up in Homestead Woodland Garden near Wendron. Open from 10am to 4pm from Thursday to Sunday, the café serves delicious cakes, freshly made each day, and Olfactory coffee and hot chocolate.
Light lunches include delicious sounding dishes such as smoked mackerel rillettes with toast, pickled cucumber and charred lemon, a 21 day aged beef and ale ragu with Cornish Yarg polenta and wild nettle gremolata, and a healthy super food salad. Sandwiches are made with Da Bara’s sourdough bread, and the children’s menu looks just perfect.
For more information see their Facebook page.
Rogue Kitchen‘s wild cooking adventure takes place in Tehidy Woods at the end of May.
Cooking on fires, this magical evening is part bush craft, part wild foraging and part hands-on cooking. Rogue Kitchen will be celebrating the wild and ancient art of having fun with food, whilst bringing to life a whole world of imagination with Rogue Theatre’s fantastical storytelling.
For more information visit www.roguetheatre.co.uk.
WOODFIRED SESSIONS AT PHILLEIGH WAY
Brothers-in-law, James Martin and George Pascoe have built a huge brick oven (pictured), believed to be the largest in Cornwall. Throughout the summer they will be using the oven, and an Argentinian parrilla, for their woodfired sessions where local produce will be cooked over wood from Philleigh Way’s ancient oak woodland.
This month’s events feature beef on 11 June and fish on 18 June.
Tickets are available on the website and are priced at £30 per person.
THE NATURAL CAKE COMPANY
If you need a cake for a birthday, wedding or special occasion, then look no further. The Natural Cake Company is based in North Cornwall, and Faye (a professionally trained pâtissière and chocolatier) bakes beautiful bespoke cakes using all organic, natural and unrefined ingredients, decorated with fresh flowers.
For more information visit thenaturalcakecompany.co.uk.
I couldn’t let the June Foodie Diary go without a mention of the biggest event in Cornwall’s calendar, The Royal Cornwall Show. This year the show takes place from 4 to 6 June at the Royal Cornwall Showground near Wadebridge.
Originally an agricultural show, and set up in 1793, the Royal Cornwall Show is now a huge event, with demonstrations, family entertainment, shopping, a steam fair, trade stands, arts and crafts, food and drink, and a lot more alongside the traditional agricultural exhibitors.
If you love lobster, then try ordering online from Fish for Thought. The Bodmin based fishmonger will deliver lobsters cooked or alive, or cooked, split and prepared, across the UK, with free delivery and two free portions of fish with your first order of £40 or more. Their prices are great, currently around £12 for a 400g lobster and £40 for two 700g lobsters. They are also part of the “buy one set one free” scheme run by The National Lobster Hatchery.
We’re looking forward to Prawn on the Lawn opening in Padstow soon. They have taken over Margot’s and will be opening a fishmonger and seafood bar there.
Nancarrow Farm’s next feast on 1 July will have a French theme: an evening des boules, des moules et de la fumée. Tickets sell out quickly, so keep an eye out for them going on sale on their website.
The Hidden Hut‘s June feast night tickets go on sale at 7pm on 2 June. You’d better be quick if you want to snap up tickets for any of the following: beef asado on 5 June, crab barbecue on 18 June or (my favourite) lobster and chips on 27 June.
Stuart Pate’s macaron workshop at Padstow Seafood School looks wonderful. Enjoy a glass of wine whilst watching Stuart demonstrate how to create the perfect macaron, then have a go at making your own. 6-8pm, Friday 12 June, £40 per person, book online.
The Launceston Food and Drink Festival is being organised by Launceston Tourist Information Centre on 13 June as part of the Charles Causley Festival. Firebrand/Penpont will be running the bar and also have a food stand there. Free entry.
Firebrand is also hosting the Charles Causley Festival‘s closing party from 9pm on Sunday 14 June, where you’ll be able to mingle with performers, artists, poets and exhibitors who have brought their talents to Launceston throughout the festival. Entry is free.
Congratulations to all the winners of Taste of the West Awards. The full list of award-winning products is here. Hospitality and retail entries are still open, and the results so far are listed here, including Rosewarne Manor who have won a gold award.
We’re sad to hear that The Eden Café in St Austell will be closing this August after failing to agree rent terms with their landlord at White River Place.
Bridge Bistro in Wadebridge is extending its hours for summer. From 2 June they will be open seven days a week serving coffee and cake all day with lunch from 12-2pm and dinner from 6pm.
Budock Vean is offering a vineyard and brewery break from Sunday 31 May to Friday 5 June. The five night break includes behind-the-scenes visits to Camel Valley, Skinner’s and Polgoon, and costs from £665 per person (five nights accommodation, dinner, breakfast, transportation and full use of the hotel’s facilities).
The Strand Café at Trebarwith Strand is featuring a May bank holiday special of “slow-cooked pulled jerk pork on a brioche bun with homemade coleslaw and apple sauce”. Keep an eye on Facebook for details of their popular Grub Club too, next event Friday 5 June.
Surf-Side has opened a new takeaway hut at its popular beach café at Polzeath. Now you can get one of their famous lobster rolls even more easily.
Harry’s – a café, coffee shop and wine bar – has opened above On The Rocks in Newquay. Informal and quirky, and with gorgeous views over Towan beach, this looks like a great place to stop for coffee and cake or a lazy lunch.
Congratulations to Lynher Dairies whose new cheese Cornish Kern has won Best Modern British Cheese in the British Cheese Awards.
The Laid Back Coffee Co.‘s little shop is nearly open. Opening hours from June onwards will be 8.30am to 4pm Monday to Saturday and 10am to 1pm on Sundays. Their van will still be out and about too.
Talented chef, Fiona Were, has now gone freelance and is available for pop-ups, events and functions. See her Facebook page for more details.
POP in Wadebridge is now hosting regular weekly pop-up dining events on Saturday evenings. Food is usually by Cuban chef Ruben Leon-Acosta, who trained at Ottolenghi in London. So far themes have included Cuban, Thai and Asian food. Details can be found on their Facebook page.
The Cornish Seaweed Company is now selling its sea spaghetti (himanthalia elongata) at 71 Tesco stores across the UK. The store cupboard ingredient should be rehydrated and is apparently delicious in stir-fries.
Caddy Shack (the ice-cream shed at Gilmore’s Golf) is now serving Cornish cream teas in beautiful bone china. Also don’t miss their “Golf ‘n’ Dine” package: 18 holes of minigolf, a burrito meal deal and a mojito for £17.
A new Cornish cookery book has hit the shelves: The Saltwater Kitchen Cookbook promises recipes, foodie tips and a guide to the best places to eat and drink by the sea in Cornwall. Watch out for a review on this blog soon.
Social Dining Network‘s next event takes place on Thursday 4 June at Asha in Falmouth. The Indian and Asian banquet menu looks delicious and costs £20 per person. The second event in June will be a private dining five course tasting menu at Rosewarne Manor on 25 June, £35 per person.
Rosewarne Manor‘s monthly seven course tasting menu night will be held on Thursday 26 June. Expect an array of delicious food. £45 per person.
Jamie Porter, head chef at St Moritz Hotel, is hosting a pop-up tasting menu at Truro and Penwith College’s Senara Restaurant on Friday 26 June. There will be live music from 8pm and an antipasti bar for those who do not wish to dine. £30 per person. To book, please email [email protected] or call 01736 335215.
Congratulations to Cornwall College, whose catering college has been acknowledged as one of the best in the country, after being recognised as a Centre of Excellence in three disciplines. Read more.
The newly refurbished Cove Café at Riviere Towans, Hayle, will be reopening mid-June. See the comments section below for more details.
Please let us know your news and views by commenting below, or by emailing [email protected]. Please send items for the July Foodie Diary by 20 June.