St Ives Food & Drink Festival

A culinary celebration on a grand scale.

The St Ives Food and Drink festival set up for its 8th year on Porthminster Beach last weekend.



This year’s festival seemed busier than ever with foodies from far and wide looking to enjoy the best of Cornwall’s vibrant food scene and experience cuisines from around the world from Indian, Thai and African to Persian and German.

Live demonstrations were given throughout the weekend by some of Cornwall’s finest chefs and celebrity guests including presenter and author Gizzi Erskine and the former Bake Off winner Frances Quinn. The perfect place to swot up some tips and tricks from the pro’s, especially if you were lucky enough to nab a seat on the front row.With over 40 producers proudly serving up their own unique specialities and St Ives providing the ultimate backdrop, it was the ideal place to lounge back on the sand and enjoy the tantalising goodies available accompanied by live music.

The main marquee was filled with an impressive range of savoury and sweet delights to be sampled, bought and animatedly chatted about by their producers. Being surrounded by so many passionate bakers, chocolatiers, wine makers, and more, all so enthusiastic out their lovingly made products created a fantastic atmosphere.

It’s clear to see why this annual event is such a crowd puller. I mean, who wouldn’t want to stroll the golden sands of a beautiful Cornish beach with so many appetising treats to try?

Some delicious hand-made sausage rolls by Pig In The Middle, the only thing bigger than their selection was the line of hungry customers.

Much more than your average flapjack: creamy West Country butter, British oats and other tasty ingredients combine to make these lavish Flapjackery flapjacks.

I Should Coco providing the fantasy version of the Imelda Marcos collection.

Strolling around the marquee, it was remarkable to see how many different finger-licking foods are being created in Cornwall, some of them totally unexpected like Freda’s Smoked Chipotle Peanut Butter. Surely a one-off!

Of course, a food festival in St Ives wouldn’t be complete with without bundles of fresh seafood. These mouth-watering molluscs on ice were snapped up by an enthusiastic little Oyster Catcher.

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