THE FOODIE DIARY: JUNE 2017
Summertime, and the livin’ is easy.
There’s no excuse not to get out and enjoy the next few weeks of (hopefully) glorious weather and Cornwall being (relatively) quiet. Pack up a picnic and hit the beach, feast with friends or dance the night away at a festival.
Whatever you do, we hope this month’s Foodie Diary inspires you to have fun, and eat well.
SUMMER FEASTS AT NANCARROW
Nancarrow Farm’s fabulous feasts are highly recommended, with three events to look forward to this summer.
Guests are invited to arrive from 6.15pm, with a chance to wander around the farm and meet the animals, or just enjoy cocktails and canapés in the beautiful courtyard. If the weather is warm and dry, you may even dine outside in the courtyard.
The third event takes place on 5 July, when guests will be treated to canapés featuring day boat sardines, and a menu themed around wood-fired ribs of beef. Visit nancarrowfarm.co.uk to sign up to the mailing list to be the first to hear when tickets go on sale.
For all feasts, group bookings of up to 12 people are welcome. There are bed and breakfast packages available too. See website for more information, and to book online.
WINE DINNER AT THE BEACH AT BUDE
Talented head chef Joe Simmonds has created a mouth-watering menu of delicious food to accompany the wine, which has been sourced from all over the world.
The menu features seared king scallops with spiced ratatouille and salsa verde; tempura courgette flowers with salt cod mousse, cured Cornish ham and parsley garlic mayonnaise; and strawberry sorbet with champagne jelly and strawberry tuile.
Tickets for the wine tasting dinner are £65 per person and spaces are limited; call 01288 389800 to book.
The restaurant is also offering a six course tasting menu on Friday and Saturday evenings.
Sample menus include crayfish ravioli with girolle mushroom, tarragon, shallot and asparagus dressing; confit stone bass fillet with burnt shallot leaves and caramelised onion purée; and egg custard tart with apple and ginger sorbet and nutmeg crumb.
The menu is £60 per person and is available alongside the usual restaurant menu.
SKYBAR: POP UP BAR, EATS & BEATS
SkyBar is back for 2017 and promises to be bigger than ever, with Falmouth, Harlyn, Polzeath and St Agnes on its Cornish tour.
Purpose-built stretch marquees will pop up where you can enjoy street food al fresco style or dine in the marquee with some chilled, sunset DJ sets. There’ll be a Tanqueray gin bar, Ca’ Bolani Prosecco bar, Ciroc cocktail bar and Jaegermeister shots bar, as well as the main bar.
Tickets are limited to a maximum of 500 each evening, to create an exclusive, intimate “Apres-Sea” party vibe, with different themes each night: Throwback Thursday, Freestyle Friday, Beach House Saturday and Sunday Soul Session.
- Falmouth – 8, 9, 10 June
- Harlyn Bay – 16, 17 June
- Polzeath – 17, 18, 19 August
- St Agnes – 24, 25, 26, 27 August
Tickets are £20, see the-skybar.co.uk for full details.
MEVAGISSEY FISH FESTIVAL
The Fish Festival is part of Mevagissey Feast Week, a week that celebrates the feast of St Peter, the patron saint of fishermen.
It’s been celebrated in some form or another since 1754 which makes it one of Cornwall’s oldest festivals. The Fish Festival takes place on Sunday 25 June, starting at 11.30am with a fishing boat race around the bay – it combines a vibrant mix of live music, real ale and food stalls run by local restaurants. Food is served from the quayside stalls from midday onwards.
Mevagissey Feast Week runs from 25 June – 1 July; the week is packed with events in and around Mevagissey, finishing with an incredible firework display over the harbour.
For regular updates see Facebook.
SAVE THE DATE: 1,000 MOUTHS
Save the date! 5 to 8 October sees Nancarrow Farm‘s biggest and most exciting event yet: 1,000 Mouths.
The concept for this “festival of feasts” is to feed 1,000 people over four nights from a single bullock reared on the farm, taking the nose-to-tail ethos to extremes. The menus will also feature other seasonal ingredients grown on the farm and by local suppliers.
Nancarrow chefs Darren Broom and Jack Bristow will be joined by a host of renowned chefs, including Tom Adams, Gill Mellor and the team from River Cottage, Andy Appleton and James Knappett, with a festival-style atmosphere, and varying menus cooked by the chefs in different barns around the farm.
Tickets go on sale on 5 July starting at £40pp, with all profits being donated to Action Against Hunger. Sign up to receive the newsletter via the website.
SWIM & DINE AT THE ROSEVINE
Throughout May and June you are invited to enjoy a free swim in The Rosevine‘s lovely heated indoor pool when you eat in their restaurant.
Swim between 10am and 12.30pm for the “Swim & Lunch” offer, and between 5pm and 7pm for “Swim & Dinner”.
The lunch menu features “small bites”, salads and sandwiches, sharing plates and more substantial dishes such as burgers, curries, steak and roast monkfish.
In the evening the dishes are more refined. Starters on the sample menu include short rib of beef with celeriac remoulade and crispy shallots, and monkfish and smoked salmon ballotine with pickled vegetables. Main courses include chermoula roasted hake with figs, saffron and almonds, and Cornish lamb with pomme purée, roast onions and red wine jus. Desserts sound delicious: baked white chocolate cheesecake with ginger and rhubarb, or pistachio sponge with mascarpone mousse and blood orange. £29 for 2 courses, £36 for 3 courses.
Booking essential, phone 01872 580206 to make a reservation. For full details, and menus, visit rosevine.co.uk.
Restaurants and suppliers to the hospitality industry are teaming up with five of Cornwall’s top chefs and Senara Restaurant at Penwith College for a charity dinner on Friday 30 June, with all profits to be donated to Hospitality Action.
The five chefs, who will each be cooking a course, are Tom Brown (Outlaw’s), Stephane Delourme (The Seafood), Jude Kereama (Kota), Guy Owen (The Idle Rocks) and Stuart Pate (The Seafood). John Keast (Scarlet Wines) has chosen a matching wine flight.
Upon arrival guests will enjoy drinks by Polgoon, Secret Orchard and Keltek Brewery, mojitos and mini lamb burgers from Sam’s campervan, and entertainment by Masquerade.
As well as providing guests with a fantastic meal, the evening is a huge opportunity for the college’s hospitality students, who will be working alongside the chefs and running front of house.
Tickets are priced at £70 per person, with wine flight for an additional £25. To view the menu, for full details and how to book, visit website.
NEWS FROM PHILLEIGH WAY
This month sees a new vegetarian and vegan Indian cookery course launched at Philleigh Way with Ben and Jasmine from Mahamasala Spice Company.
The emphasis will be on using locally-sourced ingredients to prepare a variety of dishes from scratch that are packed full of flavour and texture. Students will learn to cook a wide range of dishes as well as learning about the history of Indian cuisine and how flavours and spices work together to complement each other.
The course will cover a wide variety of skills including learning about classic spice combinations, tempering spices, making traditional Indian breads and side dishes.
16 June, 10am to 4pm, £145 per person. For full details visit website.
Another great course is the shellfish cookery course. Over four hours students will be guided through the skills necessary to handle, prepare and cook a variety of shellfish dishes, including lobster and scallops. Best of all, you can eat each dish as you prepare it.
24 June, 10am to 2pm, £110 per person. See website.
Once again, the Woodfired Canteen team have got some fantastic events lined up.
On Saturday 3 June Berber & Q are joining Ben & co for an “Ottolenghi on a BBQ” style cook up. They’ll be cooking over fire in the garden at Hubbox Truro, with music from the Hubbox resident DJ. £30pp, tickets available online.
There are three upcoming “Lost Stories of Heligan” events, starting with “WILD” on 31 May, celebrating Heligan’s Wild Week, with wild produce, wild places and wild people. £30pp, buy tickets.
21 June sees an event to celebrate the summer solstice, and on 28 June there’ll be a gardener’s challenge. Now the evenings are long and light (and hopefully warm and dry) guests will get the chance to explore the gardens.
Finally, Woodfired West is a pop up above West on Porthmeor Beach in St Ives. Each Tuesday and Thursday there are 6pm and 8pm sittings, with the usual Woodfired Canteen nibbles cooked over the grills, sharing mains served in the centre of the tables and a takeaway pudding to finish. £25pp, buy tickets.
BIG LUNCH AT PEOPLE & GARDENS
Potluck Cornwall is organising its third Big Lunch at People and Gardens’ HQ at Watering Lane Nursery, near Pentewan.
From 1pm to 4pm on Sunday 18 June, guests are invited to bring plates of food to share with family and friends.
People and Gardens is an organisation which, via gardening, assists adults with learning disabilities and mental health issues. Big Lunch guests may have a wander around the nursery, to meet the staff and see what they grow.
Tickets are free – RSVP required – although donations to People and Gardens are welcome. To donate, text SPUD16 £5.00 (or your amount) to 70070.
CRAFTWORKS @ PADSTOW KITCHEN GARDEN
From mid June you’ll find The Hidden Craftworks at the beautiful farm on the outskirts of Padstow, with a marquee for all-weather dining, cool lighting, and stunning views across the estuary.
GILMORE’S OPENS IN ST IVES
Gilmore’s has just opened its second restaurant in The Old Custom House on the Wharf in St Ives.
Open from 9am to 11pm every day (except Mondays) expect very good tacos and burritos.
Visit Facebook for more information.
Fal River Festival is a ten day celebration of life on the Fal River, from Friday 26 May to Sunday 4 June, when over 150 events will be held in and around Falmouth.
Events include music and drama, arts, sport, fishing, walking, food and drink. For a full guide to what’s on, see website.
Food fans will enjoy the Falmouth Street Food and Craft Ales Festival, from 26 to 29 May, in Events Square in Falmouth. This is a free event with undercover seating and live music, and a great selection of Cornwall’s best street food and craft ales.
For full details see the event’s Facebook page.
WILD WINE CLUB @ THE GREAT ESTATE
On the evening of Friday 2 June, Adam Banks (head chef at Fifteen Cornwall) will be cooking a three course Sicilian fish menu to accompany the three Sicilian wines chosen by sommelier Debbie Warner. Three courses and three wines, £35pp.
On Saturday 3 June, the Sicilian theme continues, but the menu features meat rather than fish. (Vegetarians can be catered for.) Three courses and three wines, £35pp.
A Sunday lunch feast will be held at 1pm on 4 June, again three courses and three wines for £35pp. For this sitting there is also a “young persons” ticket priced at £22.50, which is for food only. Recommended for families with children age 10+.
Tickets available online only. N.B. To attend one of these events you need to have entry tickets to the festival.
SPARKLING WINE MASTERCLASS AT TREVIBBAN MILL
To celebrate English Wine Week, Trevibban Mill is holding a Sparkling Wine Masterclass at 5pm on Thursday 1 June. The event will be a fun and informal class and tasting with a guided vineyard and winery tour included.
The focus is on English sparkling wine and why it’s starting to gain significant global attention. Guests will taste Trevibban’s own sparkling wines alongside those from French, German and Italian regions.
The vineyard is also celebrating winning an International Wine Challenge Silver Medal for their Black Ewe White Sparkling 2014, which will be in the masterclass tasting.
Vineyard tours are available on Sunday mornings and Wednesday afternoons – book online.
OYSTERS, LOBSTER & CHAMPAGNE
Oyster expert Katy Davidson (aka The Oyster Lady) is hosting an oyster and lobster evening, with Laurent-Perrier Champagne and live viola music, at Fistral Beach Bar on 29 June.
As well as a spectacular sunset and beautiful music, guests will enjoy three Porthilly Rock oysters and either a half or whole barbecued lobster, plus a glass of fizz.
Tickets are available online, or you can buy direct at The Beach Bar, and are priced at £25 or £35 (depending on whether you want a half or whole lobster).
The new farm shop at Penperth Farm is taking shape, and while the work nears completion, their pop up van will be serving tasty treats, delicious coffee and a glimpse of what’s to come.
On 2 June the Kernow Astronomers Society will be setting up their professional telescopes at the farm, a chance to learn about constellations and planets from the experts. From 8.30pm, refreshments available, wrap up warm and bring a torch. The skies won’t be dark until after 10pm, so before then the viewing will be limited to the moon and Jupiter.
Follow their Facebook page for updates.
Naoko Kashiwagi runs Japanese supper clubs and sushi making classes, and if you follow her on Instagram you will see that her food is a work of art.
On 17 June Naoko will be hosing a Japanese supper club at The Hidden Kitchen in St Ives.
For more details visit naokoskitchen.uk.
HARBOUR BREWING’S 3/9 PROJECT
In 2016 Harbour Brewing’s 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 has evolved into something even more special with the 3/9 Project.
Nine of the very best breweries from the USA, UK and elsewhere in Europe have been split into three teams who will compete to make three different beers, and they’ll only brew them once.
Collaborating breweries are: Adnams, Whiplash, Three Weav3rs, Bevog, Six North, 21st Amendment, Beerbliotek, Breakwater and Harbour.
The 3/9 Project will be taking place from 2 to 4 June. Harbour Brewing is offering 25 pairs of tickets to meet the brewers in Polzeath, to watch the beers being made and have a good old-fashioned shindig. There will be free beer and free camping.
To be in with a chance of winning, enter here.
SCHOONERS REOPENS IN ST AGNES
Schooners at Trevaunance Cove, St Agnes, is reopening this June under new ownership. Adam Vasey, along with business partners Sam White and Sean Lascelles, has taken on the beach-side café, which previously belonged to his family in the 1990s.
The food promises to be simple but delicious; fresh fish and shellfish hauled up the beach each day will form the backbone of the menu, which Adam describes as ‘a long list of tasty stuff’.
There’ll be a daily-changing selection of small and large plates designed for sharing, a Sunday Brunch which lasts all day, streetfood-style bar snacks and live music/DJ sessions.
Schooners will officially open on 7 June. Phone 01872 553149 for bookings, or follow their Facebook page.
BinTwo’s lunch at Padstow Kitchen Garden on 17 June looks fantastic.
Before lunch, Ross Geach will give guests an undoubtedly entertaining tour of his garden.
Lunch will be cooked by the brilliant Barry Horne on a Big Green Egg, using freshly picked ingredients from the farm, and binTwo will be providing suitably summery wines.
The menu is shaping up nicely: canapés in the tunnel followed by a selection of breads with Big Green Egg smoked butter and accompanying summer radishes; a PKG salad and a fresh local fish dish with fennel purée and chargrilled baby leeks. For pud there will be seasonal fruit tartlets.
£55pp, includes welcome drink, tour, lunch, five accompanying wines and a PKG goodie bag to take away. Only 16 tickets available, so book now to avoid disappointment.
CAMEL VALLEY AWARDED PDO STATUS
Congratulations to Camel Valley, whose Darnibole vineyards have been elevated to the highest level of Protected Designated Origin (PDO), the first and only UK single vineyard to be awarded this accolade.
The UK Government awarded national protection to Camel Valley’s Darnibole in 2012, and after five years of scrutiny by the 28 member states, the EU unanimously agreed on the new award in April. They had been so impressed by the application that the area was extended during the process, from 7 acres to 28 acres of south facing land in the Camel Valley, all part of Camel Valley’s vineyards.
There are strict criteria: 100% Bacchus from Darnibole, no acidification or de-acidification, no sweetening, higher natural alcohol and hand picking. The wine must be made at the adjoining Camel Valley winery and, most importantly, it must be compared with previous vintages to ensure typicity.
Camel Valley Darnibole Bacchus is served with the tasting menu at Restaurant Nathan Outlaw and The Ritz. Darnibole is exported, mainly to Nathan Outlaw’s Al Mahara restaurant at the Burj, Dubai.
TOWNHOUSE PIZZA OPENS IN PERRANPORTH
Steve Marsh’s latest venture is Townhouse Pizza in Perranporth. The tasty toppings include fresh, local ingredients; we particularly like the sound of hot smoked salmon, asparagus, roquito peppers and dill crème fraîche, and Duchy Charcuterie chorizo, chicken, red onion and rocket.
There’s a full menu here. Phone 01872 573721 to order.
NEWS FROM RICK STEIN
There’s a new set dinner menu at Rick Stein’s Fish in Falmouth. The three courses are priced at £23.95 and include favourites like crab linguine with tomato and chilli, Cornish mackerel with green herbs, and moules marinière with thin cut chips.
The children’s menu there is great too, with three courses for £7.45. Visit rickstein.com for full details.
This summer Rick Stein is hosting three exclusive evening events in Padstow, where he’ll be sharing tales from his worldwide culinary adventures, as well demoing three of his favourite recipes from the Long Weekends series. The evening includes tasters of the dishes and a glass of wine on arrival.
The events will be held on 2 August, 29 August, 6 Sept, £85pp, book online.
HOPS & HEFFERS BBQ BEEF FEAST
Over the weekend of 23 and 24 June, Little Gem Catering and St Ives Brewery are joining forces for two evenings of Ruby Red beef and St Ives beer at The Brewhouse Café, St Ives.
Tickets are £37pp, available online, and the menu looks great:
- Starter platter of shaved fillet, braised shin pie and sticky BBQ short rib slider.
- Sharing trays of smoked sticky brisket, hanger steak with bone marrow butter, sirloin skewer, corn on the cob, burnt sweet potato wedges and charred little gems.
- Bbraised ox cheek and horseradish “slaw” on the side.
- Barbecued broccoli with chilli and soy dressing.
- Black garlic aioli, charred flatbread and mustard leaves.
- Durban style barbecued pineapple on a stick, coconut sorbet
26 May to 4 June Fal River Festival
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.
The new bakery at Coombeshead Farm is due to open this May, led by Ben Glazer, who’s running a new bread workshop, suitable for all abilities. 11am to 5pm, £100pp, lunch included.
Enjoy a Moroccan date and chick pea tagine at St Kitts Herbery for just £5pp. Drinks and desserts charged separately. Details online.
29 May Hidden Hut Feast
This bank holiday feast features Cornish monkfish cooked in a Sri Lankan masala of coconut, kaffir lime leaf, ground spices, ginger & chilli. Served with crispy Curgurrell crab fritters, green beans, baked rice pilaf and flatbread.
30 May Wild Bake at Camel Valley
A grand tour and wine tasting at Camel Valley, plus a feast of bruschetta, pizza and dessert from Wild Bake. 6pm – 9.30pm, £30pp, buy online.
31 May Lost Stories of Heligan
Keep Cornwall Fed is popping up at The Galley in Charlestown with Spanish food and live music. £10pp.
1 June June Hidden Hut Feasts
At 12 noon on 1 June tickets go on sale for the June feasts.
Your chance to meet Rebel Brewery’s brewers and sample their beers. From 7pm, at No 5 Brewhouse in Newquay.
2-4 June The Great Estate Festival
See greatestatefestival.co.uk for full details of this “rambunctious garden fête”.
2-4 June The 3/9 Project
2-4 June Wild Wine Club @ The Great Estate
2-4 June Keep Cornwall Fed @ Carlyon Bay
Keep Cornwall Fed will be serving a tasty daytime menu of gourmet toasties and their signature street style salads, whilst the evening menu will consist of Goan curries, Thai style mussels and street salads.
3 June Berber & Q
3 June Hidden Hut Feast
Cornish lobsters delivered dreckly by the fishermen. Cooked on the wood-fired grill and served with rosemary salted hand-cut chips. £25pp.
Cider, cheese and live music in Fowey Town Hall, from noon to 10pm.
6 June Wine Tasting at The Ship
Mission Wines’ first wine tasting at The Ship Inn in Wadebridge. £12pp to include cheese and charcuterie. Email [email protected] to be added to the mailing list.
Keep Cornwall Fed are back for a pop up Thai feast, including Thai-style mussels, Thai green curry and Asian style street salads. Bring your own plate, cutlery and drinks. Live music. £10pp.
A feast of Korean style steak, chicken and kimchi at this brilliant regular pop-up. BYO plates, glasses and booze. £19.45pp, book online.
8-10 June The Royal Cornwall Show
For a full programme of this year’s event visit royalcornwallshow.org
14 June Hidden Hut Feast
Freshly-landed Portscatho mackerel grilled over wood-fire. Crispy new potatoes, soft boiled eggs, olive tapenade, allotment green bean and shallot salad, £14pp.
14 June Nancarrow Feast
15 June GH Supper Club
The first of the Gurnard’s Head new pop-up dining events will be Crab on the Moors, featuring crab dishes, oysters, mussels, and more. Keep an eye on Facebook for details.
15 June Revolver Rum Night @ Fifteen
Meet members of the Revolver Rum team, enjoy some classics and discover new combinations, alongside small plates from the kitchen. £35pp.
16 June St Kitts Herbery Summer Party
Summer celebrations, live music, veggie burgers and salad, £7pp (plus drinks and puddings available to buy), from 6.30pm.
17 June BinTwo @ Padstow Kitchen Garden
18 June Big Lunch at People & Gardens
20 June Hidden Hut Feast
A whole Boxeater cut of local shorthorn beef, aged and grilled low and slow on the smokey parrilla grill. Served with hand-cut chips, pickled greens and chimichurri, £18pp.
21 June Nancarrow Feast
21 June Lost Stories of Heligan
21 June Sushi Making Night in Truro
Enjoy a whole lobster with chips and salad in the sunshine in the courtyard at The Old Market. BYO plates, glasses and booze. £32.14pp, buy online.
23-24 June Hops & Hefffers BBQ Beef Feast
24 June BinTwo Flight Club
Another of BinTwo’s fantastic wine nights at their Hawksfield Hub.
24 June Après surf party at Bear Bar
Jübel is a new Cornish company which produces peach beer, and they’ll be giving away tasters at their après-surf party at The Bear Bar in Newquay.
25 June to 1 July Mevagissey Feast Week
28 June Lost Stories of Heligan
30 June FIVE at Senara
30 June Hidden Hut Feast
Triple glazed, pit-smoked ribs that melt off the bone. Served with creamy mash and crispy potato skins, apple and fennel slaw, £15pp.
30 June FIVE @ Senara
5 July Nancarrow Feast
The Gurnard’s Head is offering a new “Not Lunch, Not Supper” menu, available from 3pm to 5pm Monday to Saturday, with “delicious bits and bobs to keep you going through the afternoon”. Menu changes daily, but expect dishes like crab, sourdough, spring onion and gem lettuce; oysters with shallot vinegar, tabasco or lemon; Lincolnshire Poacher on toasted plum bread; and smoked sardine tempura with aioli.
Amélies in Porthleven has announced the artists for its 2017 Summer Sessions, with talent ranging from Ronnie Scott’s regular Tina May to local folk group Flats and Sharps. Diners pay a £4-£5 cover charge for the musical entertainment. To book a table phone 01326 653653 or visit ameliesporthleven.co.uk.
Check out Pintxo in Fowey’s latest cocktail – Tiojito – originally created by the famous Tio Pepe. It consists of a shot of Tio Pepe sherry, topped with lemonade, on plenty of ice, finished with sprigs of mint and a wedge of lemon. Perfect for warm, sunny evenings.
According to the West Briton and Cornish Guardian’s Lee Trewhela, Café Azur at The Valley at Carnon Downs is worth a visit, with Lee declaring his meal the best he’s had so far this year. See his review here. Every Saturday night there is a five-course tasting menu featuring only produce that Café Azur has grown or foraged alongside local rare bred meats and fish, for £30 per person. The restaurant is open for dinner every night except Wednesday. See sample menus here.
Turbot season is now in full swing, and The Fish House at Fistral is offering a whole roasted Cornish turbot with new potatoes and asparagus, for two to share, priced at £50. It looks delicious.
Surfside in Polzeath is launching a Rum Bar in their hidden garden at the end of June, and it will be open until the end of summer. Each night there’ll be a jerk BBQ and live music, rum cocktails and chilled out Polzeath vibes. Sounds heavenly.
Curiouser Creations will be opening their new cake shop in Redruth on 10 June, with an Alice in Wonderland theme. The shop will have a range of cakes and drinks and offer Mad Hatter tea parties.
Kota Kai is open for brunch every Saturday, Sunday and bank holiday Monday from 9.30am to 11.30am. Plus the Lounge has a new bar, open for evening drinks.
The Real Food Garden is a new veg grower based near Withiel. They start supplying veg boxes mid-June. For details visit realfoodgarden.co.uk.
If you have food news for the July Foodie Diary please email it to reach us by 26 June.