THE FOODIE DIARY: APRIL 2017
The school holidays are almost upon us, and cafés, restaurants and hotels are steeling themselves for the influx of holidaymakers.
This is such a gorgeous time of year, with a hint of warmth in the sunshine, spring flowers in the hedgerows, and beautiful fresh produce on our plates. Not to mention a huge quantity of chocolate that it is quite acceptable to eat come Easter Sunday.
There are some great events coming up in Cornwall and, halfway through this month’s blog, we’ve sorted them into date order to make it easier for you to organise your diary. Let us know if the new format works for you.
Happy reading, happy eating and happy Easter!
Expect wonderful food and a fantastic atmosphere at the two spring feasts at Nancarrow Farm .
On Friday 21 April the menu will feature the ribs, sirloin and rump from one of the farm’s retired South Devon cows. Eleven years of grazing Nancarrow pasture will ensure spectacular flavour.
The following evening, Saturday 22 April, sees another beefy feast. Expect pit roasted brisket, shin and featherblade from the same handsome beast.
Both events are priced at £38 per person and are available to purchase online.
Dinner, bed and breakfast packages are also available in the beautifully converted barns (£210 for two people). Book online.
Yallah Coffee’s Brunch on the Farm looks like a gorgeous event. From 8 to 10 April a group of makers, chefs, and musicians will gather at Yallah’s roastery at Argal Home Farm, near Falmouth.
Alongside a delicious brunch, guests will be able to take part in a workshop, including pottery, singing and screen printing.
Thyme and Tide will be cooking brunch each day, menu as follows:
- Starter ~ grilled Cornish sardines with fennel, citrus and harrisa on a sourdough crisp.
- Main ~ Shakshuka – a glorious mix of cumin, garlic, capsicum, paprika, tomatoes, baked eggs and Persian feta. Served with home made labneh.
- Bottomless mugs of Yallah Coffee and Waterloo tea.
Tickets can be purchased online for brunch only (£15) or with a workshop included (£30 or £45 depending on course).
LOST STORIES OF HELIGAN SUPPERS
Woodfired Canteen is bringing another two magical feasts to the Lost Gardens of Heligan in April.
On 15 April the event will celebrate 25 years of Heligan being reopened to the public in the current set up. In honour of this guests will enjoy heritage produce and learn about productive/traditional gardening techniques.
The second Lost Stories of Heligan supper takes place on 30 April. Menus aren’t yet confirmed, but expect delicious wood-fired food, showcasing Heligan’s beautiful produce.
Read about our visit to their first feast here.
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BREAKFAST AT ROJANO’S
The mouthwatering new breakfast menu at Rojano’s in the Square in Padstow is bound to prove popular with locals and holidaymakers alike.
Dishes currently include: baked eggs with chorizo, cannellini beans, tomato, basil and Parma ham; smoked salmon and poached egg on a crumpet with pickled butter and lemon and chive cream cheese; and a breakfast “trifle”, consisting of granola, with berry compote, fresh fruit and natural yogurt.
Served between 9am and 11am, seven days a week.
HARBOUR BREWERY’S 3/9 PROJECT
In 2016 the 2/6 project was launched, resulting in two very special beers, a Saison and an IPA, brewed by six breweries – Beavertown Brewery (London), Cloudwater Brewery (Manchester), Harbour Brewing (Cornwall), Siren Craft Brew (Berkshire), The Wild Beer Co (Somerset) and Arbor Brewing (Bristol).
This year the project will evolve in to something even more special with the 3/9 project.
Nine of the very best breweries from the USA, UK and elsewhere in Europe will be split into three teams who will compete to make three different beers. They’ll only brew them once.
Sign up to be the first to hear announcements on participating breweries, exclusive events, pre-ordering and voting on a winner.
Back for spring, Wild Wine Club’s first event for 2017 will be held on 22 April in Colan Woods and is entitled Amongst the Ruins.
Guests will explore the forgotten estate of Fir Hill Manor and learn about its history, before an intimate, candle lit, long table feast.
Sommelier Debbie Warner will guide you through a selection of Loire Valley wines, whilst Adam Banks will create a feast of foraged and locally sourced food in his wild kitchen.
£60 per person, includes 5 courses and 5 wines, book online.
PORTHLEVEN FOOD FESTIVAL
The annual Porthleven Food Festival will take place from 21 to 23 April, with a host of food and drink stalls, chef demo theatre, live music and family entertainment. Camping is also available this year.
Over 150 exhibitors include fantastic street food vendors, and don’t forget to bring your cold box so you can take some fresh produce home.
Die-hard foodies can buy a gourmet ticket to the event, priced at £29.50, which includes free entry to all three After Dark parties, one item of official merchandise, a bridge pass and a guaranteed seat in the Chef’s Theatre (with front row seats allocated on a first-come, first-served basis).
Antony Worrall Thompson and Jude Kereama kick off the demos at 10am on Saturday 22 April. Other demo-ing chefs include Josh Eggleton, Jack Stein, Simon Hulstone and Ben Prior.
For full details visit porthlevenfoodfestival.com. Image above by Tim Woolcock Photography.
WINE DINNER: AUSTRALIA VS CORNWALL
Porthminster Beach Café is celebrating the opening of its new terrace – which enjoys stunning views across St Ives Bay – with an Australia vs Cornwall Wine Dinner on Saturday 8 April.
Executive chef Michael Smith, who is originally from Warrnambool in Victoria, has teamed up with Jon Keast of Scarlet Wines to devise a menu of the finest Cornish produce matched with iconic Australia wines from the likes of John Duval, Cullen and Grosset.
The seven course dinner with matching wines is £60 per head. To book call 01736 795352.
A GREAT LUNCH & A GREAT WALK
A Great Lunch & A Great Walk is an offer running until the end of April at The Carew Arms in Antony.
Go to the gorgeous pub for a delicious two course lunch (a main course and either a starter or a pudding) and they will give you a free ticket to the beautiful Antony Woodland Garden (normally £6 each).
Offer available Tuesday to Saturday. For reservations, sample menus, etc. visit carewarms.com.
NEWS FROM PHILLEIGH WAY
Philleigh Way‘s new Easter Baking Course takes place on Saturday 8 April and is run by Christine Hawker, an experienced WI market baker, county cookery judge and WI advisor.
During this half-day course, students will learn how to make a wide variety of traditional favourites, from Easter biscuits to Philleigh Way’s take on Simnel cake and hot cross buns.
Other courses this month include Dinner Party Cookery on 12 April, Cornwall in a Day on 15 April, and Japanese Cookery on 19 April.
Friday 14 April sees an Indian Street Food Supper Club with the Mahamasala Spice Company. The six course feast is priced at £40 per person, with an optional wine flight available. Buy tickets online.
SPRING AT FIFTEEN CORNWALL
Celebrate this spring at Fifteen with daily changing menus showcasing beautiful Cornish and Italian produce as it arrives. With stunning views across the beach at Watergate Bay, you can enjoy two courses for £26 or three for £32, and a complimentary dessert until the end of May.
As the days get longer, watch the sunset whilst indulging in dinner. For a special treat, enjoy the five or seven course evening tasting menu, with accompanying wines selected by Head Sommelier Elly Owen.
To make a reservation phone 01637 861000 or book online.
WEDDINGS AT TREVIBBAN MILL
The construction of Trevibban Mill’s ‘Upper Deck’ is well under way and is due to be finished by mid-summer. This beautiful light-filled space can fit 120 people for sit down dining, and up to 200 for dancing, will be hireable for weddings, private parties and functions.
We spotted this offer via Wed magazine: Trevibban Mill is offering a 30% discount for weddings booked for 2017 and 15% discount for weddings booked this year for 2018, meaning that you can be one of the first couples to host a captivating and memorable event at this unique location.
The vineyard’s Grand Walking Tours will be kicking off again on Easter Sunday and are running at midday every Sunday until harvest in October. On the tour, visitors meander through the vineyard and orchard learning about the history of Trevibban Mill and grape growing in Cornwall before finishing in the winery and tasting room for a full wine tasting and lunch platter at Appleton’s. The tour costs £30 per person and lasts 2 to 3 hours in total.
Enjoy a magical night lantern lit evening and delicious food – slow roasted brisket, paprika beans, garlic & rosemary mash – at the beach café. Storytelling performance by Catherine Lake and Olivia Lowry.
29 March Wine Tasting at The Cove
Trevibban Mill is taking its wines to the south coast for a guided tasting at The Cove, Maenporth.
30 March The Great Food Fight
Round 2 of The Great Food Fight takes place at The Rosevine. Read about the first bout here, which was recently held at The Old Quay House Hotel. The four course dinner is £35 per person, phone 01872 580206 to book.
World Sales Manager of Morgenster Wines will be presenting each wine at this special South African wine dinner. £39 for five courses, including the wine flight. Phone 01736 719200 to book.
1 April The Hidden Hut Feasts
Set your alarms! Tickets go on sale for The Hidden Hut‘s April feast nights at 12 noon on Saturday 1 April. This month’s feasts will be held on 14 and 27 April.
This event is organised by Potluck Cornwall. Guests will taste 10 different beers, then tuck into a pasty. £10 each, book online.
8 April Street Eats, Beets and Beer
This new street food event from The Shellfish Pig takes place at The Rebel Brewery in Penryn. Event details can be found on Facebook, and each week winners are being selected from the list of people marked “going” who will then get free food/drinks from the vendors on the day.
8-10 April Brunch on the Farm
14 April The Hidden Hut Feast
If you were quick enough to nab some tickets to this, you’ll get to enjoy hot, smokey mussels, cooked over a fire-pit. Choice of three sauces, served with crusty bread. £12 pp.
14 April Supper Club at Philleigh Way
14-17 April Falmouth Folk & Cider Festival
Expect over 70 ciders, 22 folk bands and original artistes, street food stalls and an art and craft market over the Easter weekend in Event Square in Falmouth.
15 April Lost Stories of Heligan Supper
15 April Latte art course
Origin Coffee is holding a latte art course at their roastery, covering the basics of milk steaming and some latte art, starting with a classic heart. For more info or to book a place visit origincoffee.co.uk. £30 per person.
15 April Cajun Seafood Feast
Lee Lake of Thyme & Tide is cooking up fish tacos, seafood jambalaya and pecan pie at this Cajun seafood feast at Porthtowan Beach Café. £20 for adults / £10 for children, book online.
21-23 April Porthleven Food Festival
21 & 22 April Feasts at Nancarrow Farm
22 April Cornwall Vegan Festival
A day of talks, workshops, vegan street food, stalls and crafts at Mount Pleasant Eco Park.
22 April binTwo’s Flight Club
22 April Wild Wine Club, Amongst the Ruins
26 April Duchy Game evening
This Potluck Cornwall event will be held at Penrose Kitchen. £17.50pp, includes drink on arrival, game sharing platters and dessert. Guest speaker Marc Dennis from Duchy Game/Duchy Charcuterie. Buy tickets.
27 April The Hidden Hut Feast
This feast celebrates the arrival of spring lamb, slow roasted in rosemary and garlic, and finished over hot coals. Served with salsa verde, charred asparagus and new potatoes. £15 pp.
29 April – 1 May Exeter Food & Drink Festival
Hop over the border to this fab food and drink festival, with a great line-up of food stalls, chef demos and entertainment.
Wadebridge Foodbank’s annual charity fundraiser includes a three course meal by Keep Cornwall Fed, live music from The Grace Notes, an auction and raffle. Held at the Royal Cornwall Showground Events Centre, tickets are priced at £35, available from the Foodbank and from Wadebridge Wines.
17 May Farm Gate Feast
Save the date for Nancarrow Farm’s first Farm Gate Feast at Tregassow Farm, home of some of Cornwall’s finest asparagus. Tickets on sale soon.
19-21 May Polo on the Beach
Not only can you watch horses charging across the sand, the team at Watergate Bay puts on great food, drink and entertainment for the weekend at this fun, free event. More info next month.
Buy your tickets now for this Wild Wine Club event. Chef Emily Scott will be cooking up a 5 course feast at Harlyn Bay, and Mark Hellyar (Chateau Civrac) will be guiding guests through five matching wines. £60 pp, book online.
This little food and drink festival is hosted by The Old Mill House, and features a small, but perfectly formed, selection of food producers, street food stalls and chefs.
30 April Lost Stories of Heligan Supper
The Beach at Bude is offering a special Sunday night dinner, bed and breakfast rate until the end of April. £149 for two people sharing, phone 01288 389800 to book.
From 31 March The Old Quay House Hotel is open for lunch, 12.30 to 4.30pm, Wednesday to Sunday. Their terrace is a gorgeous place to sit, eat, and watch the boats go by.
The Rosevine has a new brasserie menu, packed with family favourites and lighter lunches, available from 31 March.
Pintxo in Fowey has just celebrated is first birthday, and has a shiny new website, with mouthwatering images of tasty tapas.
Now’s the time to book your place at Pen’Grillie’, a BBQ festival to be held at Pentillie Castle on 6 August. Amateurs and professionals are invited to compete for the title of “PenGrillie Pitmaster of 2017”. Download entry form.
From 7 April you can enjoy tasty burgers, tacos and burritos from Craftworks Street Kitchen near the Camel Trail (outside Bike Smart) in Wadebridge.
Spring Taste of the Bay is available at Watergate Bay Hotel from 23 April to 24 May, arriving Sunday to Wednesday. Stay for three nights with dinner in The Beach Hut, Fifteen and Zacry’s. From £339 per person, based on two people sharing. Book online or phone 01637 860543.
Padstow Food Fair will be open in the Padstow Memorial Hall on the following dates in April: 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 18, 23, 24, 25 and 30.
Nomadic Kitchen has a new range of products, available to buy at the Padstow Food Fair, including luxury spice grinders and potted meats and pâtés – chicken, venison, pigeon, pork, rabbit and game.
The Scarlet Hotel is offering a Taste of Spring Gourmet Break, available Sunday to Thursday until 25 May. Prices start at £410 per person, based on two sharing, for a two night break, and includes breakfast each morning, a five course tasting menu with wine flight, and a three course dinner. For reservations phone 01637 861800.
Just opened at The Point at Polzeath is The Bear Bar. I’ve heard it’s a good spot to have a drink.
Little Lotus Kitchen is a new vegan deli/café which opened in March in Truro.
For the Easter holidays, Porthleven’s Kota Kai is open every day for lunch and dinner from 1 to 17 April.
Surfside in Polzeath reopens for the season on 1 April. Head down to the beach for the best lobster rolls, mac ‘n’ cheese, coffee, cocktails, and more.
WAX 2017 Locals Card Launch will be held on 25 March. Head to Watergate to get your card, try out the new spring menu, and enjoy live music from Josh Curnow.
If you have food news for the May Foodie Diary please email it to reach us by 23 April.