A week of firsts…

Another week where the diet is on hold – two potentially great new events on the Foodie circuit kick off this week.

The first, I have to admit, is the one I’m looking forward to the most  In North Cornwall, June 19 and 20 sees the first ever Rock Oyster Festival.

Get yer own, these are mine.

Hosted by Rock Seafood at Porthilly Point it brings together great local seafood with a festival atmosphere.Oysters are of course the focus but there is plenty of other foods available with an array of local foods. The set up is that you enjoy the food by day and then let your hair down watching live bands etc during the evening.

Down the coast they’re not doing things by half in St Ives. The town’s first ever food festival kicks off today, Monday June 14, and runs for seven whole days.

St Ives' first food festival starts today

Sponsored by Aspects Holidays and St Ives waterfront restaurant Onshore, it includes a series of events in some of the town’s most notable café’s and restaurant’s where you will be able to sample some of the best of Cornish produce.

Events taking place from Monday to Friday include cheese and wine tastings at the Cornish Deli in Chapel Street, daily tastings at the Digey Food Rooms, a Cornish fish talk and tastings at the Sea Food Café, a beach BBQ at the Porthminster Beach Café, two food foraging walks by Rachel Lambert, Gin tastings at the Garrack Hotel, wine tastings and Italian food at Scarlet Wines in Lelant and the St Ives Farmers Market.

Another event added to the Festival is a Walking History of Food and Drink in St Ives – a 75-minute walk of St Ives providing insights of the town’s rich food and drink heritage, given by Valerie of Guided Tours of St Ives.

Also on the weekend of June 19 and 20 visitor’s to the town’s Guildhall will be able to taste, try and buy a wide range of produce from some of Cornwall’s best food and drink producers.

Information on the events taking place at the St Ives Food and Drink Festival can be seen on the website – www.stivesfoodanddrinkfestival.co.uk or by visiting the St Ives or Penzance Tourist Information Centres to pick up a copy of the full festival programme.

Last, but certainly not least, in the Foodie haven that is Totnes a new farmers’ market gets off the ground this coming Sunday (June 20). The Good Food Sunday market runs from 10am to 4pm in the Market Square at the top of the town (TQ9 5SF). It plans to run very third Sunday of the month for the enjoyment of tourists and local foodies alike.

Have a great foodie week.

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