'Fantastic' food festival faces dilemma over venue
A showcase of some of the finest food and drink Cornwall has to offer enjoyed its most successful outing ever.
An estimated 40,000 people turned up to the Cornwall Food and Drink Festival held at Lemon Quay in Truro at the weekend.
Managing director Ruth Huxley said it was "fantastic.
"I would say it was certainly the best festival yet," she said.
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"We had 20,000 people through the doors on Saturday alone.
"It was a great atmosphere. Someone said there was a tangible buzz and I think that's right.
"There was so much to see and do.
"The visitors certainly enjoyed themselves. We had people from Australia, Canada and Germany as well as people who came down especially from Devon and Dorset.
"I understand some people who came across us by chance while they were on their holiday last year, booked their holidays this year to make sure they could come to the festival."
Mrs Huxley said the exhibitors had done a roaring trade and cooking demonstrations had been packed out.
She said a personal highlight was helping judge an ice cream competition which saw one of the finalists produce a savoury baked Alaska.
However, the festival could become a victim of its own success, she added.
"We are bursting at the seams and we can't take up any more of Lemon Quay.
"People tell us they want more but they love the location.
"We have a real dilemma and it is something we are going to have to think about in the future."
This year's Cornwall Food and Drink Festival was also the launch pad for the Choose Cornish campaign– an initiative developed jointly by Cornwall Food and Drink and Cornwall Chamber of Commerce which aims to boost the economy by millions of pounds by spreading the Buy Local message.