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Cornish food festivals 2020

Cornwall is the home of good food, so it’s no surprise that there plenty of events that celebrate this! During your stay at a caravan holiday in Cornwall, make sure you stop by one of the exciting food festivals that pop up each year across the county. Whether you want to try some local produce or wander through market stalls with a G&T in your hand, there will be plenty of opportunities to indulge in the best of Cornwall’s food and drink. In this guide, we reveal the line-up of the best Cornish food festivals in 2020.

The Royal Cornwall Show

Cornwall’s largest annual event is not to be missed. With a vast array of food stalls, entertainment and shopping stalls on offer, plus a few farm animals here and there, you’ll be sure to create some fun memories when attending The Royal Cornwall Show.

We spoke to The Royal Cornwall Show’s secretary Chris Riddle to learn more: “The Royal Cornwall Show is a three-day celebration of all that is special about Cornwall and is a long-established part of the county calendar having originally been founded way back in 1793.

“The show is a fabulous day out (or three!) for both visitors to Cornwall and those more locally based. With an amazing array of livestock, over 1,000 trade stands, action-packed entertainment, show stages and so much more. Plus, of course, amongst its many feature areas, the amazing Cornwall Food and Farming Pavilion where some of the very best of Cornish food and drink is on offer. Brand Cornwall and particularly its wide-ranging food and drink products is a world-leading area for local and often very distinctive items to tempt the palate. No visit to Cornwall would be complete without a taste experience or two and where better to sample than at the Royal Cornwall Show – Cornwall’s very own showcase event.”

The Royal Cornwall Show takes place in Wadebridge on the 4th, 5th and 6th June 2020.

Cornish Pasty Week

Cornish pasties

Of course, you can’t mention Cornish food without mentioning their famous pasties! If you’re a fan of these savoury treats, then a week not to be missed is Cornish Pasty Week. This is a whole seven days of celebrations, including the ‘World’s Fastest Crimper’ competition’ and the ‘#PastySmile’ social tag, where people can snap their own photos with the hashtag with them and their pasties.

The week is presented by the Cornish Pasty Association and has pasty-bakers from all across the world entering the World Pasty Championships. The Cornish Pasty Association hope that the event amplifies the awareness of the county’s iconic food. The championships even take place in Cornwall’s own Eden Project, where professional bakers and amateurs compete annually for the win. Expect a day of music, fun and a lot of fantastic food!

Cornish Pasty Week commences on 23rd February. The 2020 World Pasty Championships is taking place at the Eden Project on Saturday 29th February.

St Ives Food & Drink Festival

St Ives

The harbourside town St Ives comes alive for one weekend each year, as Porthminster beach is covered in tents that host artisan markets, live music and food workshops. You can also enjoy one of the many chef demonstrations that take place where you can watch how culinary experts create some impressive dishes. Stroll along the sand sampling some delicious food before settling down on the deckchairs on the beach to listen to the music that’s on day and night. St Ives is famous for its coastal art scene, so expect to find some unique prints and art stalls to look at as you tuck into tasty street food from the many vendors that set up at the event.

The St Ives Food & Drink Festival takes place on 15th, 16th and 17th May 2020.

Porthleven Food Festival

Three days of fantastic food, drink and live music – the Porthleven Food Festival attracts locals and visitors alike, with nearly 40,000 people arriving each year. So, what can you expect to find from the event? Everything from cocktail masterclasses, whereby you can make your own concoctions using some famous Cornish spirits, to watching some of the best chef talents in the UK take to the theatre to rustle up something mouth-watering. As well as this, you can enjoy the background noise of live music as you explore the event. For the last three years, Porthleven Food Festival has teamed up with BBC Music Introducing to bring the best live music for visitors, with a mix of folk, jazz and funk.

The Porthleven Food Festival takes place on the 17th, 18th and 19th April 2020.

Newquay Fish Festival


With plenty of entertainment to enjoy and fresh food to enjoy, a visit to the Newquay Fish Festival should be on all seafood lover’s bucket list. Demonstrations for top chefs will be happening throughout the weekend, each unveiling some of their cooking secrets for how to perfect a seafood dish. Whilst watching the demos, you can munch on various tasty treats from some of Cornwall’s best food vendors, who pop up along the harbourside. The 2020 line up for the festival is announced soon, so keep your eyes peeled for what you can expect from the foodie event.

When you’re next on your holiday to Cornwall, make sure you enjoy a visit to one of these food festivals. We will leave you with one piece of advice – arrive on an empty stomach!

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