This year’s much lauded St Ives Food and Drink Festival, which took place last weekend was a scorching hot hit, welcoming record numbers of more than 5, 000 local and visiting foodies to the iconic Porthminster Beach to celebrate Cornish provenance. Now in its sixth year, the popular event was organised by an enthusiastic volunteer committee and sponsored by Carbis Bay Holidays and Tregenna Castle Resort. The Festival also received extensive additional support from Cornwall’s Pirate FM and the recently established St Ives Business Improvement District (BID), ensuring that its ongoing growth and development is secured for the future.
The stunning setting really came alive with eager visitors, keen to embrace everything the region has to offer the culinary world, all upon Porthminster’s idyllic white sands and against the backdrop of the Atlantic’s turquoise waters. The weather was extremely generous throughout the Festival which began at 10am on Saturday May 16th and continued on until 4pm on Sunday May 17th, with an early evening party on the Saturday until 8pm.
With Cornwall now leading the country as a UK foodie hot spot, and its ever increasing portfolio of award-winning local food producers, restaurants and top chefs, this fantastic Festival did an incredible job at showcasing the St Ives region’s potential to locals and visitors alike. It featured a plethora of local chefs cooking demos and an abundance of stalls selling quality Cornish produce, including popular traders such as Fussels Fine Foods, the Kernow Sausage Company, I Should Coco and St Ives Brewery.
Pirate FM’s Managing Director and food lover, Mark Peters did an epic job of hosting the sensational food demonstration stage as part of an all-round entertaining show which enticed large crowds and had mouths watering. The family orientated event, included a light hearted, food themed paddleboard competition on the Saturday and a music stage with performances from 10am – 8pm on Saturday May 16th and 10am – 4pm on Sunday May 17th 2015, all of which added to the jovial buzz of the weekend.
St Ives BID Manager, Jess Golding says: “The St Ives Food and Drink Festival has always been an incredibly popular event but this year, the atmosphere was on another level. We are beaming with pride to have supported this vital event and we were delighted that the sun was shining.”
Jess continues: “The Festival profiled some fantastic local cheese producers, artisan bakers and handmade preserve companies amongst other food and drink genres. The little Festival goers were also catered to, with freshly pressed apple juices and soft drinks available, as well as a fabulous 1950’s trailer, courtesy of recently established company, Kid’s Café. We’re also very grateful for the sponsors and supporters, Carbis Bay Holidays, Tregenna Castle Resort and Pirate FM, as without them, organising this event just would not have been possible.”
St Ives BID’s Board Director and Festival Founder, Damian Sargent says, “We’re delighted that with all this collective St Ives hard work, we managed to attain record breaking figures in terms of footfall this year. We’re still soaking up the success of thousands coming to the Festival to appreciate the amazing produce offered by the traders, the entertainment offered by the chefs and the musical talents of the musicians. We’d also like to give a huge thanks to St Ives Surf School and all the sponsors who assisted in running some exciting promotional activities and competitions.”
St Ives is without a doubt a true gourmet mecca, perhaps most famous for such accessible abundant seafood that offers the freshest and best taste experience that the UK can provide. The beautiful, all year holiday destination sees visitors returning time and time again. A network of pretty, elegant cobbled streets lead to the town’s hub and the picturesque harbour, where visitors and residents alike can indulge in one of many of the finest eateries whilst watching the swirl of life going by below.