Something for the weekend?
It’s a bumper foodie Bank Holiday weekend ahead folks, wherever you are in the South West there seems to be something of some description going on. So if you haven’t yet got something planned, why not head to one of these events, from Cornwall to Bristol.
First up is the Fal River Festival, which kicks off tomorrow in, erm, Falmouth. It runs until June 6 and celebrates life on the Cornish river, through music and rats to rowing races and, of course, the food event, the first ever Fal Fish Festival.
Backed by a certain Mr Stein, who knows one or two things about fish, it features the usual mixture of stalls and demonstrations by quality local chefs on Sunday and Monday of the Bank Holiday weekend. Despite what I and the Western Morning News wrote, James Martin of Saturday Kitchen and excessive butter use fame, is not the compere. Instead it is the equally fine Pirate FM DJ James Martin.
If eating dead marine creatures isn’t your thing, well, you’re weird. But if you persist, head to Bristol for the Bristol Eco Veggie Fayre. Running on Saturday and Sunday it is a mixture of a celebration of vegetarian food and a music festival headlined by Roots Manuva on the city’s Waterfront. Tickets are £6 in advance and £7 on the gate.
If you’re in North Devon, and if the weather is good this weekend maybe you should be, there is the Clovelly Celebration of Local Ales and Ciders. This does pretty much what it says on the tin – and there are a lot of ales and ciders to celebrate up there, as my fellow journalist and blogger Adam Wilshaw will attest to. It runs from Saturday until Monday in two of the tiny village’s pubs and frankly, if the weather holds up, it’s a toss-up between where will be nicer to be, Falmouth or Clovelly.
But before you get stuck into these events, there is on tonight which I have plugged a little on Twitter. To tie in with English Wine Week, Stephen Barrett and his team from Bistro One have organised the first Plymouth Wine Festival. £10 will gain you entry from 5.30pm this evening to what is essentially a speed festival, three hours or so of wine, oysters and other such treats in the impressive baroque surroundings (I hope – I know nothing about buildings) of Royal William Yard.
Have a great weekend.
PS – Have I missed any events? Email me and let me know and I’ll edit them in.