THE FOODIE DIARY: SEPTEMBER
Traditionally a time to celebrate the end of harvest, this month sees food festivals galore. Veg patches are still going crazy (please, no more courgettes…) and we’ll soon start to see autumnal produce such as squashes, pumpkins and cabbages, apples and figs. Mussels, oysters and scallops are particularly good now, and more game appears on the menu – grouse, venison and duck.
Cornwall empties out in September as children go back to school, but the water is at its warmest, and the beaches are oh so beautiful, so make the most of the last tastes of summer.
But first, sneaking into the September Foodie Diary with an August event:
OYSTER BBQ AND TASTING
Katy and Tamsin will talk you through a tasting of six oysters (including Katy’s signature ‘Roast Dinner in a Half Shell’ and ‘Oyster Bacchanal’ inspired by her travels in the Caribbean) and six wines carefully selected from the Wadebridge Wine cellars.
There will be plenty of opportunity to enjoy more oysters and your favourite wines as the shucking and corking continues. The barbecue will continue all afternoon and you will be able to buy live oysters by the dozen to take home.
WHEN: Tasting from 2-3pm, Saturday 16 August
WHERE: Wadebridge Wines
COST: £15 for six oysters, six ways, with six matching wines
MORE INFO: Phone 01208 812692 to book
PADSTOW OPEN STICKY TOFFEE PUDDING COMPETITION IN AID OF THE RNLI
Steve Ashworth and Adrian Oliver have come up with a great fundraising event – a sticky toffee pudding competition. 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. Judges include Tiffany and Daphne from BBC Radio Cornwall, David McWilliam and Hugo Woolley.
This brilliant competition is open to all and free to enter but, be warned, you’ll be up against stiff competition. Paul Ainsworth, Nathan Outlaw and Mat Follas have already signed up, along with a host of other excellent chefs. But wouldn’t it be great to beat them…?
Try out Paul Ainsworth’s recipe (pictured, above) from David Griffen’s The New West Country Cookbook.
This September will see the first Bude For Food festival, located on The Castle‘s lawns. A marquee will contain 75 local artisan food and drink producers’ stalls, a demonstration kitchen theatre, a real ale bar and evening entertainment with live music. There will also be a separate food village offering authentic street food.
The evening events will be ticketed (keep an eye on Facebook for more details) and entrance to the main food marquee is £1.50 per person.
WHEN: 19 – 21 September
WHERE: The Castle, The Wharf, Bude, EX23 8LG
MORE INFORMATION: www.budeforfood.co.uk
LOBSTER FRIDAY AT THE BEACH HUT
Celebrate the end of the lobster season with a four course crustacean feast at The Beach Hut. Executive Chef Neil Haydock will be serving up lobster ceviche with mango, coriander and avocado, followed by lobster and tarragon linguini. For the main course it’s half a grilled lobster with herb butter and fries, and finish off with The Beach Hut Eton mess. Sounds pretty good to me.
WHEN: 7pm, Friday 19 September
WHERE: The Beach Hut, Watergate Bay
COST: £50 per person
RESERVATIONS: Book online
THE EDEN PROJECT’S HARVEST FESTIVAL
From Saturday 6 September until Sunday 5 October you can take part in The Eden Project’s harvest festival activities. Renowned chefs Allegra McEvedy and Jack Monroe will appear in the “Celebrity Chefs and Food Experts Week”, beginning 6 September.
There will also be a Chilli Weekend (20/21 September), Baobab Festival (22-28 September) and Beer, Wine and Cider Week (29 September – 5 October).
All activities are included in the general admission price (although the Beer Festival requires a ticket) and include storytelling, corn dolly demos, a beer talk, and flour sack clothing demos. For further details visit their website.
PAUL AINSWORTH TO OPEN HOTEL IN PADSTOW
We’re extremely excited to hear that Paul and Emma Ainsworth will be opening their first hotel – Padstow Townhouse – by Easter 2015. The hotel will contain six beautiful rooms. Just imagine how good the breakfasts will be….
A CORNISH FOODIE MILE WITH JACK STEIN AND ROSS GEACH
Stein’s executive chef Jack Stein and vegetable supplier Ross Geach of Padstow Kitchen Garden have been set a challenge to create three great dishes where all the ingredients come from within a “Cornish Mile” of Padstow.
On 10 September you can join Jack and Ross for an evening of food, wine and friendly banter at Padstow Seafood School. Watch them prepare their dishes and hear their top tips for growing, harvesting and cooking great, and very local, Cornish produce.
The evening includes a tasting of all the dishes that Jack and Ross cook, accompanied by plenty of wine.
WHEN: 7pm, Wednesday 10 September
WHERE: Padstow Seafood School
TICKETS: £35 per person. Please call 01841 532700 to book.
TRURO HUBBOX RELOCATES TO THE ONE EYED CAT
HUBBOX have taken over the site of The One-Eyed Cat on Kenwyn Street in Truro, in which reconditioned 40 foot shipping containers have been squeezed through the front of the Grade 2 listed 19th century chapel to create a new bar and restaurant.
This new flagship HUBBOX is set to become a popular venue with regular live music and late night DJs, cool cocktails and a fine selection of craft beers. The interior features raw steel, recycled wood and urban mural art by Olympic village artist David Shillinglaw.
The classic American menu of ‘burgers, dogs and beers’ has been extended to include sticky lacquered ribs, chicken wings and brisket, with tasty vegetarian options too. Meat is from Warren’s and Baker Tom provides the special brioche buns, all of which make for fabulous food.
WHEN: Open 11.30am to midnight, Sunday to Thursday; 11.30am to 2am, Friday and Saturday.
WHERE: 116 Kenwyn Street, Truro
PHONE: For takeaways phone 01872 240 700
MORE INFO: Visit hubbox.co.uk or Facebook
The Great Cornish Food Festival will be held over the weekend of 26-28 September on Lemon Quay in Truro. Entry is free.
There will be a huge variety of stalls in the main Food Hall, alongside the Croust Bar and a Beer and Tea Deck. The Discover Zone has food related activities for children including pasty crimping and fruit shake making.
Don’t miss the hourly chef demos, including the ever-popular Nathan Outlaw, alongside other local favourites Andy Appleton, Jack Stein, Neil Haydock, Nick Barclay and Fiona Were.
WHEN: 26-28 September
WHERE: Lemon Quay, Truro
MORE INFORMATION: www.greatcornishfood.co.uk/festival
THE STABLE DOORS OPEN IN FALMOUTH
Pizza, pie and cider restaurant The Stable will soon be opening a restaurant in Falmouth’s The Old Custom House, a beautiful Grade II listed property with waterside views over the harbour.
The Stable’s stone baked sourdough pizzas are served on breadboards with cutters and the toppings they use are fresh, organic and where possible, locally sourced. Take a look at the menu. We particularly like the August special with a ricotta, fresh mint and pea base, garlic chanterelle mushrooms, marjoram infused broad beans, marinated squid, smoked bacon and mozzarella, all topped off with fresh parsley and lemon. Yum.
Over 80 ciders are available, from local scrumpies to fancy cider brandies. Try the popular cider tasting board with five 1/3 pints.
The Stable Falmouth will open to the public at 11am on Thursday 28 August, the first day of the Tall Ships Regatta.
WHEN: Opens 11am, Thursday 28 August
WHERE: The Old Custom House, Arwenack St, Falmouth
MORE INFO: stablepizza.com
The Little Apple Festival is back for 2014, and has grown into The Little Orchard Festival. This three day festival will be held from 12-14 September and is located within the grounds of Healeys working cyder farm. There will be a staggering 100 live acts, 100 different types of cyder and some great food too.
You can expect big colourful marquees such as the Golden Delicious Acoustic Café, The Big Little Apple Top, Granny Smith’s Dance Emporium and The Pink Lady Burlesque tent.
Early bird tickets are still available: £12 per day, under 14s free. £35 for a weekend ticket with camping. All tickets include a tractor ride through the orchards and cyder samples.
For full details visit www.cornwallciderfestival.co.uk.
SAMS AT THE BAY IS OPEN!
Sam and Emma Sixton’s new restaurant Sams at The Bay at Crinnis Beach has become a very lovely reality, opening for business on 7 August.
Watch the waves, listen to chilled tunes and eat Sam’s signature simple and delicious food (think burgers and mussels). There is a great cocktail list, alongside fine wines, Sam’s branded cider and beer, and Sam’s own “Coolbeans” coffee.
There will also be beach art classes for kids from the Red Hand Gang and pop-up event nights – keep an eye on Facebook for details.
WHEN: Open 9am to 9pm
WHERE: On the beach, Crinnis Bay, nr St Austell
SUNDAY POP-UP BRUNCHES
Two of our favourites, Wild Bake Pizza and The Laid Back Coffee Company, are teaming up for regular Sunday Brunch pop-ups throughout the autumn and winter months.
Popping up at various locations in Cornwall every couple of weeks, Wild Bake will be serving all sorts of wood fired treats including breakfast waffles topped off with an array of delicious toppings, breakfast baps and, of course, wood fired pizza. The Laid Back Coffee Company will be on hand with coffee, hot chocs, tasty cakes and croissants.
See their Facebook pages (Wild Bake, The Laid Back Coffee Co.) for details of the locations, all of which will be family friendly and where you can make a day of it with a dog walk/bike ride/surf, etc..
This food festival on the Isles of Scilly looks wonderful. It runs over the weekend of 13/14 September and if you needed an excuse to make a trip to Scilly, then this is it.
Tresco hosts the Saturday events with a food market in Smith Square, beef and lobster lunch at The New Inn, cookery and fish filleting demos, shrimping adventures and special evening menus including a pop-up restaurant by Fifteen Cornwall at The Ruin Beach Café.
Sunday sees a food market in Bryher Community Centre, alongside demos and children’s workshops, including “build your own ice cream sundae”. The Crab Shack opens its doors in the evening for a feast of crab and chips.
WHEN: 13 & 14 September
WHERE: Tresco and Bryher
MORE INFO: See the full programme.
HIGHER NEWHAM FARM FETE
Higher Newham Farm and Village – a partnership between Duchy College, Cornwall Food Foundation and Living Villages – plans to breathe life back into a farm in Truro and make it a place to work, eat, learn, live and play, as well as opening up and protecting 70 acres of green space with footpaths and cycle ways for the public. Check out the proposed plans at www.highernewham.com.
The Higher Newham Farm Fete takes place on the 7 September and is a free event for all – a traditional country fete complete with good food, drink and family fun including a coconut shy and welly wanging – but places are limited to 500 and you need to book a ticket to attend.
FAMILY FISH FEAST AT THE HEADLAND HOTEL
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Sanjay Kumar, Senior Sous Chef of The Headland, will be cooking delicious fish dishes at the Family Fish Feast on Sunday 14 September, a special fundraising event in aid of the Cornwall Community Foundation and the Fishermen’s Mission.
The feast aims to raise funds to help Cornish fishermen rebuild their lives after the storms earlier this year, and as well as a delicious meal, there will be fun entertainment for the whole family.
WHEN: 12 – 3pm, Sunday 14 September
WHERE: The Headland Hotel, Newquay
COST: £50 for a family of four, £20 per adult, £7.50 per child
TICKETS: For reservations call 01566 779333 or email [email protected]
MORE INFO: Visit the CCF website
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Newquay’s Emma Gunn has self-published her first book about wild food, Never Mind the Burdocks, spring edition. With three more seasonal editions on the way, each book is a handy size to take out with you on a walk as a field guide, with a useful ruler on the back to help with identification.
With its anecdotal style, cautions and detail as to where to find wild food and which parts are edible, it covers everything you could hope for, including some delightful recipe ideas.
The spring edition is out now and retails at £12.99. To purchase either buy direct or find it in Waterstones Truro, Trebah Gardens, The Eden Project, Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens or Penzance bookshop ‘Edge of the World’.
Check out Emma’s demo at the Bude for Food Festival on Saturday 20 September, where she’ll be making a blackberry and apple frangipane.
Now in its 12th year, the Newquay Fish Festival will be held from 12-14 September, celebrating Newquay’s traditional fishing community. Bringing the old harbour to life, this popular food and craft show always attracts a good crowd, with great entertainment all weekend.
The cookery demos by local chefs are undoubtedly the highlight of the festival, with hotels and restaurants in Newquay being able to promote local fresh fish and shellfish and Cornish produce. See the full programme.
During the festival the beach is alive with family activity: sand castle competitions, Punch and Judy shows, rock pool safaris and organised games and events.
WHEN: 12-14 September
WHERE: The Harbour, Newquay
MORE INFO: www.newquayfishfestival.co.uk
PRETEND YOU’RE STILL ON HOLIDAY IN THE MEDITERRANEAN BIOME
The new Med Terrace restaurant in the Eden Project’s Mediterranean Biome is open for alfresco-style evening dining until 23 October. Serving food from noon, you can reserve an evening table from 6-8.30pm.
Sit back and relax amongst the olive trees, herbs and flowers, whilst enjoying a selection of Cornish antipasti and dishes such as griddled sardines, paella, fresh pasta and stone baked pizzas. See the full menu.
WHEN: until 23 October
WHERE: The Eden Project
RESERVATIONS: 01726 818571
SEPTEMBER FEAST NIGHTS AT THE HIDDEN HUT
Fingers at the ready, tickets for September Feasts go on sale at 7pm on Monday 25 August.
Tuesday 2 September, Thai Green Fish Curry, £15
Thursday 11 September, Pulled Pork, £10
Wednesday 17 September, Oxtail Stew, £11
RIVER COTTAGE AND SKINNERS TAKE OVER THE OLD ALE HOUSE
River Cottage and Skinners Brewery have teamed up to create a brand new menu and renovated dining room at The Old Ale House in Truro.
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s team of chefs have spent months perfecting the menu, which includes River Cottage EPA chicken wings, Cornish mussels in Lyonese Cider, Betty Stogs battered fish, and Heligan Honey smoked beef brisket.
Launching on Saturday 27 September, The Old Ale House will be open daily from 11am till 11pm with a license until 1am on Friday and Saturday nights.
See www.oahtruro.com for full details.
Cornwall’s Social Dining Network has two events this month: A beef and gin evening at Merchants Manor on 11 September and a foraged treats supper with cookery demo at Fat Hen Wild Food Cookery School on 27 September. For more info visit www.socialdiningnetwork.com.
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