Chefs serve up a new seaside food festival
A new food festival will be tickling the taste buds next weekend, thanks to an enterprising group of local food businesses.
With two days of chef recipe demos and plenty to eat and drink, the first Looe Festival of Food and Drink carries with it the high hopes of its organisers, who plan to make the festival an annual event.
"Looe traditionally was a real bucket-and-spade seaside town," says organiser Joscelyn Braithwaite. "But in recent years we have seen some really fantastic places to eat spring up in the town. Now we want to take it to another level with our very own food festival."
Local chefs, producers and food lovers have pooled their financial resources to launch the new festival, which has not used any public funding.
It will take place in the town's Millpool car park on June 23 and 24, from 10am-6pm. The organisers are all members of local food group Taste South East Cornwall, which covers Looe, Polperro, Downderry and Liskeard. Founder member Nick Barclay, who runs the acclaimed Blue Plate restaurant in Downderry, will be giving the opening chef demo at 11am on Saturday, June 23.