THE FOODIE DIARY: OCTOBER
FOOD NEWS: OCTOBER
Cornwall provides for us in abundance in the autumn. We are spoilt for choice with fish, shellfish, game and fantastic meat. Vegetables and fruit are plentiful and for the foragers amongst us, the hedgerows and woods are brimful of berries and fungi. Whether it’s warm enough to eat al fresco or you’re snuggled up in front of a roaring fire, enjoy your food and check out what’s happening across Cornwall this month.
BRUNCH AT THE BEACH HUT
This is an exciting collaboration between Origin coffee and Neil Haydock, Executive Chef of Watergate Bay Hotel, who has created several mouth-watering events for foodies this autumn. The Beach Hut Brunch includes a coffee tasting demo by Origin and, alongside the usual Beach Hut menu, special breakfast dishes include crab Benedict and French toast.
The Beach Hut Brunch will take place on Saturday 12th October with tastings from 8.30 to 10.30am and a coffee demo at 9.30am. See here for more details and to book your hearty breakfast.
FALMOUTH OYSTER FESTIVAL
The annual Oyster Festival returns to Falmouth from 10th – 13th October. The huge marquee on Events Square will contain food and craft stalls and host cookery demos, with live music throughout and other entertainment taking place across the town. TV’s James Strawbridge and Thom Hunt will help draw the crowds in to celebrate the start of the oyster dredging season.
This event is free. For more information and a full timetable see www.falmouthoysterfestival.co.uk.
SAM’S COMING TO TRURO
Building on his successful restaurants in Fowey and Pokerris, Sam Sixton is putting together the finishing touches for his latest venture: Sam’s in the City. Sam has been creating tasty, fresh food since 1988 and the new restaurant will continue to serve his popular dishes: fresh fish, grilled burgers and delicious salads, plus mouthwatering steaks from new supplier Warrens. SITC will offer a kids’ menu alongside breakfast and express menus, a champagne cocktail bar and a corporate room for those who like to do business over good food.
Sam’s in the City is due to open on New Bridge Street in Truro in the week commencing 21st October 2013. For more details see www.samscornwall.co.uk.
FIFTEEN FARMERS’ MARKET
Another event at Watergate Bay, Fifteen Cornwall’s bi-annual Farmers’ Market is always a treat. This autumn brings some of our favourite stallholders and their local, seasonal produce. Be sure to bring a large shopping bag and a cold box.
There will be three wild food taster walks taking place throughout the day, led by Caroline Davey from the Fat Hen. Running at 10.30am, 11.45am and 2pm, each walk will last 45 minutes and is £10 per person. Please book your place through www.fathen.org.
A host of chefs will be demo-ing on the Cornwall Food & Drink stage, including Michelin-starred chef Chris Eden at 11.30am and Fifteen’s Andy Appleton and Gordon Lawrence at 12.30. For a full timetable see www.fifteencornwall.co.uk/farmersmarkets.
The market will be held from 9.30am to 3.30pm on Saturday 19th October in the Extreme Academy Car Park, Watergate Bay.
‘TIS THE SEASON
Now is the time to eat game. The shooting season has begun so get your hands on some local, healthy meat: partridge, pigeon and pheasant are all plentiful. Venison is a lean and delicious alternative to beef. For more inspiration check out the recipes on the websites of Duchy Game and Country Sports South West.
CORNISH CIDER FESTIVAL
For the fifth year running, the Cornish Cider Festival will be taking place at the Lostwithiel Community Centre. There will be over 40 ciders and juices to taste, live music and delicious wood-fired pizzas from Kernowforno. You can try your hand at apple-pressing and the winner of the amateur cider making competition will be chosen.
The Cornish Cider Festival runs from 12 noon until 10.30pm on Saturday 19th October. Entry costs £7 which includes a special festival glass and a free drink. Under 18’s free.
ROCK THE KAZBAH
Truro’s Kazbah re-opened under new management in September. Ex-Rojano’s manager and new landlord Kris Wickets undertook the comprehensive refurbishment and redecoration of the pub which offers a well-stocked bar and traditional pub grub alongside sharing platters.
The Kazbah is on Quay Street In Truro. For information about their regular evening entertainment, including quiz night, wine night and live music, visit www.kazbahtruro.co.uk.
THE BIG BLOW OUT
Not essentially a foodie event, but sure to be a good one. The Big Blow Out is an end of season party with the promise of live bands, DJ’s, acoustic acts, licensed bar and free camping.
The food will be great: Fresh pizzas from Wild Bake‘s wood fired pizza oven in their converted horsebox; street food from Sunbean‘s 1965 silver Airstream and a pop up restaurant by Blue Bus Catering. From his 1972 VW campervan, Iain Shillito will be serving flatbreads with beef brisket braised in chipotle and an aubergine and chickpea stew.
Gates open at 4pm and music will run from 6pm until 4am, on 12th October, near Padstow. For more details and ticket information visit www.thebigblowout.co.uk.
Are you opening a new restaurant in Cornwall? Planning on setting up a pop-up food event? Then let us know by emailing [email protected].
Photos used with permission of Watergate Bay Hotel, Sam’s Cornwall, Fat Hen Foraging, Blue Bus Catering Co. and Ellie Michell.