Looe Festival of Food and Drink

Looe Festival of Food and DrinkLooe Festival of Food and Drink starts this weekend… yeehaa!

This year sees the very first Looe Festival of Food and Drink open it’s gastronomic doors to Looe and South East Cornwall. It’s a chance for locals and visitors alike to celebrate and enjoy the rich delights and amazing quality of food and drink produced here in Looe and around South East Cornwall.

The Looe Festival of Food and Drink runs from 10am to 6pm on both the 23rd June and 24th June 2012 so there should be plenty of time each day to pop in and have a look around. Entry is free by the way.

No matter what the weather or your food and drink preference, you will be able to sample some delicious Cornish food and drink, talk to local food producers and learn how to cook something new and delicious when you get home.

Everything will be under cover in a custom designed marquee on the Millpool car park beside the Looe River: a scenic location indeed to stuff yourself full of tasty treats!

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Looe Food and Drink Festival 2012Leading Cornish Food and Drink producers and suppliers will showcase their food and drink and renowned local chefs will provide cookery demonstrations throughout the weekend, all free of charge to visitors.

find out exactly how to prepare and cook your favourite fish and shellfish

If you love seafood but have always been scared off by the preparation, pop along to find out exactly how to prepare and cook your favourite fish and shellfish.

A host of meat, fish and vegetarian dishes will also be prepared before your very eyes, for which you get step by step instructions to enable you to cook your favourites back at home.

Chefs and the Looe Festival of Food and Drink

Local chefs who will be appearing at the food festival include:

  • Warren Goodridge from Squid Ink
  • Dom Sadler from The Old Sail Loft
  • Jono Hancock from Trawlers
  • Nick Barclay from Blue Plate
  • Ben Palmer from The Plough
  • Joe Sadari from Barclay House
  • Matt Vernon from The Cornish Mussel Shack

Looe Food and Drink Festival 2012All will be staging cookery demonstrations. There will be recipe cards to take away and opportunities to taste the food prepared too – yummy.

If fish is not your thing, you can also enjoy a feast of creative vegetarian dishes or spicy Thai and Caribbean food.

Of course, there will be ice cream too. It wouldn’t be Cornwall without Cornish ice cream now, would it!

Photo courtesy Rich Evans

A fabulous selection of Cornish food and drink

Looe Food and Drink Festival 2012Thanks to festival sponsors such as Skinners Brewery, there should be something for everyone to enjoy during the festival. Cornwall has developed such a rich and diverse food and drink culture that you can expect almost anything to be at the festival.

For something out of the ordinary, you will have a chance to try and buy exotic meats such as ostrich, buffalo and boar.

All the favourites will be there too, with a wealth of chutneys, preserves and internationally famous local cheeses for which Cornish cuisine is known and loved. Cornish Blue and Yarg are my favourites.

Photo courtesy Rich Evans

Cornish food isn’t all about scones, clotted cream and strawberry jam you know :-) Never fear though because they’ll be there too.

Danny Gill, organiser of the event on behalf of TASTE South East Cornwall, said “We’re delighted to be able to put on an event of this nature. It’s something we’ve wanted to do for Looe for some time, particularly as this region has such wonderful produce and producers. As Taste South East Cornwall, we wish to promote what we have, in order to sustain and improve our rich food heritage in this area. ”

Exhibitors at the Looe Festival of Food and Drink

Wow, this list is huge!

  • Skinners brewery
  • Cornish Pork Pantry
  • Cornish Country meats
  • Cornish Sea Salt
  • Worthy Farm Cheese
  • Wessex Pantry
  • Sargies Cornish Kitchen
  • Cornish Maids Fudge Shop
  • Treleavens Ice Cream
  • Nature Kitchen
  • Keveral Community of Growers
  • Berrio Mill
  • The Barclay House Group
  • The Cornish Mussel Shack
  • Boddingtons Berries
  • Castang Wine
  • Roddas Creamery
  • Caffe Nova & Haleys Bakes
  • Pyman Patés
  • Nippers
  • Cornish Duck
  • Cornish Orchards
  • Wild Futures
  • Ocean and Earth
  • The Little Cornish Curry Company
  • The Baking Bird
  • Secret Chef Herbs and Spice Co.
  • Allet Dairy Goats Cheese
  • The Brownie Baker
  • Cynthias Caribbean Kitchen

Looe Festival of Food and Drink Gallery

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So come on down this weekend for the Looe Festival of Food and Drink

The first Looe Festival of Food and Drink promises to be a weekend of foodie delights, entertainment and delicious treats to eat.

When: June 23rd and June 24th 2012

Where: On the Millpool car park on the banks of the Looe River

Entry: Free

Parking: Plenty of space to park in the Millpool car park

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Comments

  1. Johnny Croker says:

    I visited the Taste festival today and it was a fantastic effort, from what I hear despite the Town council. It showed what a group of local people can achieve to improve the image and marketability of Looe as a town, highlighting its talented chefs, local produce suppliers all achieved by the generous time and expertise given by the Taste organisers. If only the council would wake up and see what they are not being a part of. Oh well I suppose if the Council got involved it would not have happened so best left out of the proceedings methinks. Well done Taste, Lets have more of this, bigger, better and shame on you if you didn’t support it

  2. Hi Johnny, thanks for your comment and encouragement of the festival and the team behind it. I know they were all on a high yesterday – rightly so.

    I wasn’t aware the town council had any issues with the food festival and I am sure they see the benefits it brings to the town. These well run, one off events (include the Music Festival in that), can only enhance the image of Looe and that of the town being a lively and vibrant community. Towns in Cornwall need to attract visitors to help sustain the economy and Looe is no exception. Events like this do just that.

    On Saturday nearly 2000 people went to the food festival and although Sunday was a little quieter, I imagine it was well over 1000. These are good numbers and I’m sure members of the council welcome this and will look forward to next years event too.

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