Thousands of food and drink lovers descended on St Ives to enjoy a weekend of top culinary entertainment.
Around 12,000 people visited St Ives Food and Drink Festival on 11th – 13th May 2018 where they were treated to delicious produce, expert cookery demos from a range of high profile chefs and a fantastic set list of music playing out throughout the day and into the evening.
And for the first time, the festival, sponsored by Carbis Bay Holidays, was held over three days, giving food lovers even more opportunity to head to Porthminster Beach and enjoy the popular event.
Damian Sargent, St Ives Food and Drink Festival founder, said: “This year’s event was a real triumph with a fantastic mix of food, drink and music on offer. Despite some changeable weather at times, we welcomed thousands of people to the beach and there really was a fantastic atmosphere throughout the three days.
“Thank you to everyone who helped to make it a success and reaffirm St Ives Food and Drink Festival as a highlight in the region’s culinary calendar.”
A selection of top celebrity and home-grown Cornish chefs took to the chef demo stage, with large crowds watching MasterChef winner Jane Devonshire, Michelin Star chef Simon Hulstone and the renowned Romy Gill and Helen Goh.
An artisan food and drink market and traders offering delicious food, also helped to the appetites of the thousands of people who visited the beach while they enjoyed music from local performers alongside a number of well-known artists.
“The chef demos were once again a real draw for the crowds and we were proud to once again showcase the best produce on offer right on our doorstep,” said Damian. “The festival was a real celebration of all that is great and vibrant about our region’s food and drink industry.”
The dates have already been set for next year, and the festival will be held on Porthminster Beach on 10th, 11th & 12th May 2019.