With stunning beaches, quaint fishing villages and a bounty of food festivals to choose from, Britain’s southwest coast is the perfect destination for a seafood odyssey. Here’s our pick of the best foodie events in Devon and Cornwall this autumn:
The Newquay Fish Festival runs from 9-11 September and incorporates local chef demonstrations, live cookery, a pilchard BBQ and fish-filleting demos.
Truro is the venue for the Cornwall Food & Drink Festival, taking place from 23-25 September. This year the ever-growing festival will continue after sunset with events like the Pasty and a Pint Quiz Night on the 23rd and the Champions’ Night awards bash on the 24th.
The first weekend in October sees the return of the Boscastle Food, Arts & Crafts Festival, showcasing chefs including Nathan Outlaw (recipient of two Michelin stars) from the St Enodoc Hotel in Rock, Paul Ainsworth from Number 6 in Padstow, winner of this year’s dessert course on the “Great British Menu”, and Paul Harwood from Rick Stein’s St Petroc’s Bistro, also in Padstow.
The Falmouth Oyster Festival runs from 13-16 October and is opened by Tim Anderson, winner of BBC’s “MasterChef” 2011. This is the beginning of the oyster season and is a great opportunity to taste the local oysters, renowned for their delicate flavour.
TV presenter Matt Tebbutt and self-confessed greedy TV chef Valentine Warner are among the names appearing at the Dartmouth Food Festival from 21-23 October. Expect everything from food stalls to Michelin Meals in Minutes masterclasses.
Here are some offers that will get you where the action is:
£235 -- 3-Night Cornwall Gourmet Break w/Dinner at Fifteen
£79 -- Cornish Break w/Breakfast & Dinner, Over 30% Off
£125 -- Devon: 2-Nt Country House Break w/Champagne, 60% Off
£99 & up -- Seaside Breaks (per Family), up to £240 Off