Fresh taste at food festival
AS THE Cornwall Food & Drink Festival draws near and looks forward to celebrating its tenth anniversary in Truro on September 27 to 29, we look at some of the new features and up-and-coming producers and restaurants that are joining the great Cornish food 'revolution' and can be seen at the festival for the first time.
If the idea of Cornish gin sounds unheard of then come and be one of the first to taste and buy it at the festival! The Cornish Gin Distillery has launched its new spirit, Elemental Gin, made in small batches using a copper still and a top-secret blend of botanicals and pure Cornish spring water.
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For something new and exciting to cook up over the weekend, try a first taste of 'the Original Cornish Hot Dog' by the Kernow Sausage team. See story below.
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For the perfect accompaniment, a taste of St Austell Brewery's new Proper Cool beer at the festival bar is a must. Inspired by the growing craft beer movement which started in America and the brewery's award-winning Proper Job IPA, Proper Cool is brewed using Cornish-grown barley but differs from other St Austell draught beers in that it is served chilled and stored in kegs rather than a traditional cask.
Shoppers can also look forward to sampling many new and exciting products including Hugo's Porridge, from the hugely popular Hugo Woolley's Woodlands B&B in Padstow, and the new limited edition Cornish Sea Salt Winter Pinch Salts in rosemary and porcini flavours.
Other companies exhibiting at the festival for the first time include the Rebel Brewing Company, Polgoon, Kernow Forno with wood-fired pizzas and Bad Boy Chilli.
If you're peckish on the day, a new feature for the festival this year is the pop-up Croust Kitchens, offering street-food sized tasting plates from a selection of Cornwall's top restaurants.
Try out Michelin-starred Nathan Outlaw's new Outlaw's Fish Kitchen and Truro's soon-to-open Mustard & Rye among other Cornish restaurants.
Little ones won't be forgotten either. Children can get foodie and creative in the all-new Funky Food Zone; pasty crimping with Proper Cornish, dipping fruit kebabs in cream with Rodda's Clotted Cream and concocting ice cream sundaes with Kelly's Of Cornwall – and being in with the chance of winning a year's supply of ice cream.
Outside Truro, a number a businesses will be celebrating the festival.
On Thursday, September 26, chef Neil Haydock at Watergate Bay will be commending Cornish artisan producers with a feast of local fish, scallops and seafood stew at The Beach Hut.
Check out www.watergatebay.co.uk/food-and-drink/the-beach-hut/autumn-events for a full list of their autumn feast events.
Cornwall Food & Drink is also revealing its new book at the festival – The Great Cornish Food Book: a collection of recipes, tales and morsels from the ocean, fields and clifftops of Cornwall – which will be bursting with inspirational Cornish food stories and recipes for recreating your favourite Cornish dishes at home.
For more information visit www.cornwallfoodanddrink.co.uk/festival2013