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EACH year we flock to Truro's Lemon Quay to enjoy the delights of the Cornwall Food & Drink Festival: three days of eating, drinking and supporting the wonderful producers and chefs we are lucky enough to have in our county.
And this year is a special year for the festival as it celebrates ten years of bringing Cornwall's finest food to the Cathedral City.
Like so many well-loved events, Cornwall Food & Drink Festival has evolved from humble beginnings, gathering pace each year, and now the annual fiesta is jam-packed with everything that tastes good in Cornwall. And that's a lot. An extensive programme of chef demonstrations, masterclasses, tastings and new pop-up street food-style kitchens from top restaurants will join more than 60 exhibitor stands at the show; demonstrating the extent of the county's thriving food scene.
Ruth Huxley, director of Cornwall Food & Drink, who has run the festival for half of its lifetime, said: "As well as celebrating the festival's big anniversary, this year we're also celebrating the food 'revolution' that has transformed Cornwall into one of the greatest places to eat in the country, if not the world, over the last ten years. Sometimes we need to take stock and appreciate just why our county's food scene has such a good reputation far and wide and the great work that our farmers, fishermen, producers and chefs do each day to continue this."
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The symbol of a tenth anniversary is tin and it's therefore befitting that the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site is one of the main sponsors of this year's Cornwall Food & Drink Festival, especially as tin mining has been so fundamental in the shaping of Cornwall today. Cornish Mining will be helping to celebrate ten years of the festival by highlighting some of the links between tin mining and Cornish food and some exciting work that the project will soon be launching in partnership with Cornish food businesses and with the assistance of Cornwall Food & Drink.
Like the visitors who return to the festival for more each year, so do many of the chefs and exhibitors. Cornwall's much-loved Michelin-starred chef Nathan Outlaw has been involved in the festival right from the start ten years ago. In recognition of his support, Nathan will open the festival with a demonstration at 9.30am on Friday, September 27 and will be leading the pop-up restaurant feature with his new venture 'Outlaw's Fish Kitchen'.
Speaking about the festival on BBC Radio Cornwall last week, Nathan explained why the festival is so special: "The Cornwall Food & Drink Festival is close to my heart. It's the one place where you get to see and meet everyone – all the producers and their new products. It's a great introduction for anyone who wants to learn more about all the amazing home-grown produce we have in the county and see chefs in action. The show itself has grown organically each year and it's fantastic to see the new pop-up kitchens this year, which will enable us to give people a true taste of what we serve at Outlaw's."
Another stalwart of the show is Steve Whittingham of Fodders Restaurant and Espresso Bar in Truro, who had the brainwave for it all back in 2004, when he recognised that the newly built Lemon Quay piazza would make a great venue for a food festival. Every year since, Steve has been involved in the festival planning and gives up his time to run the Chefs' Theatre, ensuring all the demos go according to plan. Just one of the dedicated team who make the show happen each year.
Free to enter. For more details visit www.cornwallfoodanddrink.co.uk/festival2013.