THE FOODIE DIARY: AUTUMN 2018
Welcome to our latest edition of the Foodie Diary, containing some of the best food and drink in Cornwall. Grab a coffee, make yourself comfortable, and enjoy…
Summer seems like a distant memory already; luckily autumnal food is rich and warming and there’s much to look forward to. September is the start of the game season, we still have beautiful vegetables growing in the garden, fruit is plentiful in the orchard, and it’s the best time of year to enjoy fish and shellfish.
Autumn is my favourite time in Cornwall; the sea is still warm, beaches are uncrowded, and there’s some heat to the sun when it does choose to appear.
There’s so much going on over the next few weeks, and I’ve done my best to include everything I’ve heard about – scroll down for diary dates. If you are running an event, or have any news, please feel free to send me an email, and I’ll update this page from time to time.
The lucky sixth formers at Truro School are now able to study for a much-respected Leiths Certificate in Food and Wine alongside their A-Levels.
Prue Leith formally opened the new cookery school on 11 September, along with a small café, both of which will undoubtedly be popular additions to the school’s facilities.
The Leiths Certificate is a professional cookery qualification recognised by the Confederation of Tourism and Hospitality, and qualifies for UCAS points. A Distinction will earn students 36 UCAS points (an AS at Grade A is worth 20 points and an A level at Grade C is worth 32 points).
The cookery school is also opening up its doors to the general public, with a range of courses available during school holidays and on Saturdays, with classes divided into age groups: 11-14 years, 14+, 16+ and over 18s. Full details of upcoming courses can be found here.
THE WINESTORE OPENS IN CHARLESTOWN
The Winestore is a gorgeous new (opened in early August) wine shop, next to Short & Strong and beneath The Longstore in Charlestown, all of which are owned by Pollocks Pub Co..
The shelves are stocked with an impressive selection of wines to take home, and there are plenty available to buy by the glass, giving customers the chance to try before they buy.
The Winestore also serves artisan cheeses and charcuterie boards, small plates and nibbles, all specially chosen to complement specific wines and wine flights.
Watch out for regular wine tasting events and ‘meet the winemaker’ sessions. Upcoming events include a Rioja evening on 27 September, “Oktoberfest” on 4 October, and an organic New Zealand wine tasting on 18 October. These all take place from 7pm to 9pm and are priced at £20 per person which includes tasters and nibbles.
Founder Stuart Woodman uses foraged ingredients, such as rose hips, primroses or dandelions, to produce unique, seasonal craft ale. Stuart also runs foraging walks, beer tasting talks, and food and drink pairing events.
The crowdfunding campaign runs until 20 September. Rewards include bespoke brew days and tickets to events, as well as the beer itself and merchandise. To make a pledge, visit crowdfunder.co.uk/woodmans-wild-ale.
CORNWALL AIR AMBULANCE LAUNCHES NEW HELI GIN
The Wrecking Coast Distillery and Ellis Wharton Wines have collaborated to create a special edition New Heli Gin to raise money for the recently launched New Heli Appeal, which aims to bring a new generation air ambulance helicopter to Cornwall by April 2020.
The gin has been designed to be distinctly Cornish, and contains the bark of sycamore trees, known as “helicopter trees” due to their spinning seeds. It is a “light, citrus gin with good juniper notes. It has a touch of spiciness from green cardamom and coriander seeds and is finished with warmth from grains of paradise and liquorice root).”
New Heli Gin is available to buy from Ellis Wharton Wines priced at £37, and from local shops, bars, pubs, hotels and restaurants.
For more information about the New Heli Appeal, visit cornwallairambulancetrust.org.
BinTwo in Padstow has released its first own label wine in collaboration with Cornish wine maker Mark Hellyar.
BinTwo owner Mike Boyne visited Mark’s vineyard, Chateau Civrac near Bordeaux, back in 2014 when he first took over the wine shop. After tasting some of Mark’s best 2012 Merlot, he decided to buy some then and there. Read the full story here.
Of the wine, Mike says “Aged for 14 months in a two-year-old French oak barrel this cracking wine has developed great character. Plummy, slightly smoky with a rich, soft texture and lingering finish. It’s a very easy-drinking wine that would go down well on it’s own or with a few nibbles. Equally it has enough about it to pair well with food.”
Named “Jammy Git”, the Merlot is available to buy from binTwo in Padstow, Hawksfield and online, priced at £22.
PADSTOW OPEN STICKY TOFFEE PUDDING COMPETITION
Steve Ashworth (former SW Amateur Chef of the Year) and chef Adrian Oliver’s brilliant fundraising event – a sticky toffee pudding competition – is now in its fifth year.
If you make an amazing sticky toffee pudding, then put it to the test and see if yours is the winner. The rules are simple. One whole STP is to be entered into the contest, one portion will be judged, and the rest will be sold in aid of the RNLI
This brilliant competition is open to all and free to enter but, be warned, you’ll be up against stiff competition. STPs now come from all over the UK. Last year’s winner, Maureen Montgomery, posted her entry down from Carnforth, Lancashire.
The event takes place at The Old Ship Inn in Padstow on the morning of Saturday 6 October. STPs should arrive on the day between 9am and 11am, but can also be delivered the day before or posted. Make sure you include any special cooking instructions.
By lunchtime there will be some very full judges (including Steve Ashworth, Tiffany and Daphne from BBC Radio Cornwall, David McWilliam, Hugo Woolley, Jo Wotton, Gwyneth Maddock Brown and Tasha Jenkins.) and the results: overall Best Sticky Toffee Pudding, Best Amateur and Best Under 16.
The Autumn Weekender at Nancarrow Farm takes place on 5 and 6 October and features both Friday and Saturday feast nights. The menus will include autumn’s finest ingredients, and the main course will be the farm’s own organic beef. £40pp, tickets available here.
Upcoming dates for winter feasts have been confirmed as: Saturday 3 November, Saturday 1 December, Wednesday 5 December, Saturday 8 December, and Wednesday 12 December. All feasts are priced at £40pp. Bed and breakfast options are also available for £200 for a room for two people, including dinner.
The December feasts in particular will be magical events, a great place to celebrate the festive season with family, friends or even for an office Christmas party. Tickets aren’t on sale yet, but you can register your interest for upcoming events on the website. Highly recommended!
NEW VEGAN MENU AT RUM AND CRAB SHACK
Vegans, rejoice! One of our favourites, St Ives’ Rum and Crab Shack, has launched a new vegan menu.
The bestselling dish is ‘Tofu Fish ‘n’ Chips’: a piece of tofu marinated in lemon juice, wrapped in Nori seaweed sheets and cooked in a vegan-beer batter. This is served with a homemade vegan tartare sauce and egg-free mayonnaise and chips.
The team has enjoyed experimenting with vegan ingredients. The “bacon” bits in the vegan mac ‘n’ cheese are coconut flakes soaked in hickory-flavoured liquid smoke, and the “cheese” is made with ground almonds, almond milk and natural yeast flakes.
From 6 to 14 October the Lost Gardens of Heligan is holding a week long harvest festival. There is a packed programme of talks, demonstrations and tasters, and a Harvest Trail to learn more about where our food comes from.
All activities are free with garden admission. For full details see website.
On Fridays 5 and 12 October the Heligan Kitchen team will be showcasing the estate’s produce in a three course Harvest Feast Night. To book phone 01726 845100 (£27.50pp).
Budelicious is a new festival for Bude, which will be held over the weekend of 22 and 23 September, in the middle of Foodie Fortnight (15 to 29 September). During this fortnight many cafés, and restaurants in the Bude area are running special offers.
For full details of the event visit budelicious.org.
NEW OXYGIN BAR
The latest street food (or drink) truck to hit the road is the smart little OxyGin Bar. Based in Helston, the converted horse trailer (known as Betty) is available to hire for events across the county and further afield.
The OxyGin Bar is well stocked with a minimum of fifteen Cornish gins, but will also cater for those who prefer other drinks.
There is a one off hire charge of £150 (which includes two members of staff for the event) plus the cost of drinks. For full details see oxyginbar.co.uk, phone 07496 841564 or email [email protected].
CURDS & CROUST NAMED GLOBAL CHEESE SUPREME CHAMPIONS
Congratulations to Redruth-based cheesemakers Curds & Croust, who have been named Supreme Champions at this year’s Global Cheese Awards.
The artisan cheese makers were awarded the title of Supreme Champions after winning best continental style cheese for the delicious Russet Squire, as well as a gold award for Miss Wenna, a silver for The Truffler, and a bronze for Boy Laity.
For more information on Curds & Croust’s full range and stockists, visit www.curds-croust.co.uk.
DIARY DATES: SEPTEMBER
1-30 September A Taste of Scilly
A month-long celebration of the best of Scilly’s food, drink and produce from across the five inhabited islands. For full details see website.
14 September A Taste of Thailand at Fig Café
In collaboration with Punk Thai, Fig Café is offering a 7 course Thai tasting menu. See the full menu here. £28.50pp, tickets available at Fig Café or by phoning 01872 271733.
14 September Indian Feast Night at Pengenna Manor
A three course Indian feast, including an all-you-can-eat main course, with Indian music and dancing, and a dance workshop after dinner. £35pp, for full details see Facebook.
A tour and wine tasting at Camel Valley and Trevibban Mill vineyards, followed by supper cooked by Rupert Cooper of Borgia Bull. All transport, tasting and food included. £85pp, book here.
14-16 September Little Orchard Cider & Music Festival
The annual Little Orchard festival features live music, camping, glamping and plenty of cider at Healeys Cyder Farm near Newquay.
14 & 15 September Wild Wine Club Adventures in the Secret Orchard
The fabulous Wild Wine Club is running cider tasting walks and a pop up feast at the Little Orchard Festival. For full details and to buy tickets, click here.
18 September Chat & Eat Night at Daaku by Mahamasala
Potluck Cornwall will be meeting up for their 23rd Chat & Eat Night at Penryn’s newest Indian restaurant, Daaku. £25pp, buy tickets online.
19 September Wild Food Walk at The Old Coastguard
Caroline Davey of Fat Hen will lead this two hour walk from the Old Coastguard, cross country, studying and picking a range of edible plants. This will be followed by a light lunch of wild food canapés. £45pp, contact The Old Coastguard to book your place.
19 September Coasteering and Fish Feast
20 September Tutored Rum Tasting at Wadebridge Wines
Venezuelan brand Diplomatico Rums will be giving a tutored tasting of six rums, including its top of the range tipple which retails at £200 per bottle, at Wadebridge Wines. £15pp, includes a savoury Venezuelan dish at half time and a dessert at the end. Phone 01208 812692 to book your place.
20 September Into the Wild! at The Barrel at Bude
Into the Wild! is a tap takeover/meet the brewer event with Woodman’s Wild Ale at The Barrel at Bude. Stuart Woodman will lead a foraging walk, which will be followed by tastings of some of the beers he makes using the foraged ingredients. For more info see here.
20 September Summer Tasting Evening at The Greenbank
A beautiful six course menu, with optional wine flight, £55pp. For full details see website.
21 September Lobster Friday at The Beach Hut
Four courses of lovely lobster, £50pp, full details online.
21 September Potluck Thai Supper with Punk Thai
A Thai feast, organised by Potluck Cornwall, and cooked by the brilliant Punk Thai. £35pp, book online.
22-23 September Budelicous Food Festival
A new food festival for Bude, see above, or visit website.
22 September Lobster & Chips at The Old Market, Chacewater
Enjoy a whole Cornish lobster with herby butter, funky chips and seasonal market salad. £30pp, buy tickets.
27 September Rioja tasting at The Winestore in Charlestown
A Rioja wine tasting with Ramon Bilbao, 7pm to 9pm, £20pp including tasters and nibbles. Phone 01726 61777 to book.
27 September Indian Night in The Kitchen by the Beach
An Indian feast cooked by The Kitchen by the Beach‘s head chef Michael Corbin. £20pp, £5 for desserts. To book a table phone 01637 860594.
28 September Latin American Night at Trewithen Restaurant
This Latin American themed feast at Lostwithiel’s Trewithen Restaurant is priced at £32.50pp, and the menu looks great. For bookings phone 01208 872373.
30 September Wild Wine Club at Summer House in Perranporth
The Wild Wine Club is hosting a feast with Summer House’s head chef Matt Halford as part of the 1978 Festival. For full details see website.
DIARY DATES: OCTOBER
1-31 October The Witches’ Afternoon Tea at The Headland Hotel
The Witches’ Afternoon Tea comprises pumpkin scones with clotted cream and jam, candy mice, chocolate witches hats, gruesome jelly shots, and more. £19 per adult, £10 per child. Served 3pm-6pm during October, phone 01637 872211 to book. For full details see website.
3 October Chat and Eat Night at Cast Café
Potluck Cornwall’s regular get together will be held at the newly refurbished Cast Café in Helston. For full details see Facebook.
The Winestore’s “Oktoberfest” celebrates German wine, beer and food. £20pp, including tasters and nibbles. To book, phone 01726 61777.
4 October Tasting Evening at The Alverton
An early autumn six course tasting menu, with optional wine flight, £55pp. For full details see website.
4-6 October Falmouth Beer Festival
Falmouth Beer Festival will be held on Events Square, and will feature more than 240 real ales, 60 ciders and perries and a range of bottled beers and wines. There will be food stalls and live music, and tutored beer tastings. £10 entry includes £4.95 worth of beer tokens, a festival glass and programme. See website.
5 & 6 October Autumn Weekender at Nancarrow Farm
5 October Vegetarian Evening with Anna Jones
A seasonal three course vegetarian meal, cooked by Anna Jones, author of “The Modern Cook’s Year”. £30pp, book online.
5 October Taste of Japan at Fig Café
Naoko’s Kitchen is collaborating with Fig Café for a Japanese evening, serving up a wonderful sounding sushi platter and chicken ramen. £28.50pp, tickets are available to purchase in the café or phone 01872 271733.
5 October Harvest Feast Night at Heligan
6 October Eden Beer Festival
The Eden Project’s annual celebration of beer, featuring around 50 craft ales and ciders, as well as a selection of Cornish gins. Live music and street food. Accommodation available at the YHA. £12.50 pp, full details online.
11-14 October Falmouth Oyster Festival
The annual festivities celebrate the start of the oyster dredging season, the native Fal Oyster and the diversity of Cornish seafood, with four days of feasting, cooking demos, live music, food and craft stalls. See falmouthoysterfestival.co.uk.
12 October Paella Night at Knightor
An end-of-summer feast, kicking off with a Spanish cocktail, followed by a traditional mixed paella with pork, chicken and seafood. £17.50pp, buy tickets online.
13 October Apple Day at Kehelland
Apple exhibitions, customs and celebrations, crafts, demonstrations, juice and cider tasting, bar, delicious food, produce market, conservation groups and more. For full details, see here.
14 October Poké Poke event at Prawn on the Lawn
The Die Monde Collective will be doing hand poked tattoos at POTL from 12 ’til 5pm, in return for a £30 donation to the National Lobster Hatchery, and POTL will be serving poké bowls. See Facebook for more details.
14 October Harvest Feast Night at Heligan
15 October End of Season BBQ at Porthminster Café
Join Jude Kereama, Mick Smith and Ben Prior for a BBQ on Porthminster Beach from noon until 5pm. £20pp including a large glass of wine. Book your place by email.
This tasting event features organic Urlar from New Zealand. £20pp which includes tasters and nibbles. Book a place by phoning 01726 61777.
20 October Foraging at Trelowarren
In conjunction with Wild St Ives, this foraging walk around the Trelowarren Estate starts at 10.30am, and is followed by lunch in the New Yard Restaurant using the ingredients foraged on the walk. £45pp including lunch. To book, phone 01326 221595.
21 October Foraging Walk in Fowey with Stuart Woodman
A goat-themed supper with James Whetlor of Cabrito Goat. This three course meal (including goat charcuterie, goat tacos, pulled goat, asado vegetables and a seasonal pud) will be accompanied by Real Kombucha’s Royal Flush. £30pp, phone 01736 796928 to book.
26 October Autumn Feast at Knightor
An autumnal feast using some of Knightor’s chefs’ favourite autumn ingredients, with dishes inspired by each ingredient’s country of origin. The feast will start at 6.30pm with a welcome cocktail and pre starter followed by three courses. £25 pp, buy tickets online.
26 October Italian Dinner at Trewithen Restaurant
Another delicious looking menu for Trewithen Restaurant’s Italian themed supper. £35pp for four courses, coffee and petits fours. Phone 01208 872373 to book.
The Winestore in Charlestown – see above.
The Sardine Factory in Looe, Jack Clayton’s new restaurant, serving super fresh fish.
Mr Wolf’s Joint in Truro, a craft beer specialist, serving a selection of burgers.
The Summerhouse in Perranporth, with à la carte and tapas menus, and gorgeous views over the beach.
The Brig in Truro, the city version of Falmouth’s popular rum bar, which serves lunch and supper, and bar snacks all afternoon.
Reef’s in Newquay, specialises in fish, but also serves a Sunday roast and has a Monday night steak night.
Town and Country Kitchen in Truro, open for breakfast and lunch, hot drinks and cake.
I love the look of Rojano’s in the Square’s new set menu. The autumn menu is £19 for two courses and £25 for three: ham ‘n’ cheese croquettes to start, day boat cod with pesto pasta, parsley, pine nuts, pangrattato and lemon for the main, and the now legendary Whoopsey Splunkers for dessert.
From 3 September to 19 October The Headland Hotel is running an “Indian Summer” special lunch offer in their Terrace Restaurant, with two courses from the specials menu and a glass of wine for £19.95. Phone 01637 872211 to book and quote “Indian Summer Offer”. See website for full details.
Work has started on a new distillery for The Cornish Distilling Co. in Bude. The new facilities will enable a tenfold increase in production, with opening expected by the end of October, and tours and public access to follow shortly afterwards.
Paul Ainsworth has launched a new training scheme in partnership with Truro and Penwith College, offering four apprenticeships at his two Padstow restaurants. The lucky apprentices will begin their full-time positions in November as part of the ‘Paul Ainsworth Truro and Penwith College Academy’.
Chef Jamie Porter has joined The Old Mill House in Little Petherick. The bistro is open every night for dinner, and for lunch from Tuesday to Saturday.
Stay at The Park in September and get a free breakfast every morning of your holiday, plus dinner one evening. The onsite restaurant The Kitchen by the Beach has just been refurbished, and has a nice-looking, reasonably priced menu. For more information on the offer phone 01637 860 322 or use code DDB2018 when booking online.
Keep an eye out for The Fish House at Fistral‘s upcoming event evenings, including a homemade pasta evening and an Indian night.
Popular Korean pop-up Sohn Kitchen is leaving Cornwall, with its final events scheduled for 21 & 22 and 28 & 29 September, with a set menu priced at £16pp including dessert. For full details and to keep up with the team’s latest news see sohnkitchen.com.
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