It’s the summer holidays and Cornwall is bustling. We’ve had some sun (and are hoping for more) and the towns, attractions, and beaches are buzzing with happy holidaymakers. There’s a lively atmosphere; there’s plenty going on.
It’s hard to select recommendations from the many events going on this summer; we chose with our stomachs and went for two events that offer excellent street food opportunities.
Falmouth Week (7-16 August) celebrates the sea. It’s a festival of competitive racing for various craft; however this is no cliquey regatta week – Falmouth Week is designed for everyone to enjoy, even landlubbers who don’t know their port from their starboard.
One of the reasons we’re excited about Falmouth Week 2015 is the introduction of the Outlaw Food and Drink Festival. There’ll be lots of fantastic local food and drink. There’s a bar, live music, and lots of food take home or eat there. Falmouth will have a marvellous Mediterranean feel, even extended into evenings on a couple of occasions. For a different South-Western foodie experience, try the Legendary Wurzels Hog Roast and Cider Night (ticketed event).
Events Square (home of the National Maritime Museum as well as a great collection of shops and eateries) will have plenty going on, from a segway experience to a Poldark-themed night. Add a carnival, fireworks, live music and the Red Arrows, and you can see that it’s going to be a great week. Oh yes, there are of course boats as well. With some of the action taking place in beautiful Falmouth Bay, everyone should get the chance to catch a race or two. See the full programme here.
Another favourite event in August is Newlyn Fish Festival. Every August Bank Holiday, the West Cornish fishing port Newlyn holds a fair of “fun, food and fish”. You can bid for your own seafood supper at an auction in Newlyn’s fish market, and learn what to do with it at cookery demonstrations. Unless you’re one of our self-catering guests, this isn’t necessarily practical – so just make the most of the festival’s lovely, fresh street food. Barbecued mackerel served flaked in a bun and eaten as you stroll along the harbour – simple and perfect.
There’ll be live music, activities for children, and a lot of food and craft stalls. Newlyn itself is a fantastic little harbour town. As a working fish harbour this is no artificial, chocolate-boxy village, but a real, vibrant community at the heart of West Cornwall. As well as the action at the harbour, the whole town celebrates the festival; there are plenty of places to grab a Cornish pint and hear some more live music throughout the day. Visit http://www.newlynfishfestival.org.uk to find out more.
If this has made you hungry and you’re not free that bank holiday, we always have fresh, locally-landed fish on the menu at The Cornwall. Our fish is supplied by Celtic Fish in St Ives, and our Chef creates beautiful dishes to complement the seafood of the season. Plaice is a great August fish, as are mackerel, sardines and hake.
Other August highlights include the Fowey Regatta (from 16 August), The Big Produce Market in Truro (feeling peckish again… 28-30 August) and Wadebridge Folk Festival (28 -31 August). There’s a lot to enjoy this summer!