Here we’ve listed all the food festivals, country shows, farmers markets and other popular events happening in Cornwall throughout 2016. We'll add to this page as more events during 2016 become known. If you know of a Cornish food event not listed here then please contact us.
Cornish Food Festivals and Country Shows During 2016
5 Mar 2016
World Pasty Championships at Eden, Eden Project, Bodelva, Cornwall, PL24 2SG
As the Eden Project is based in Cornwall, the World Pasty Championships celebrate the traditional Cornish pasty recipe, as well as some more unusual varieties. From the Americas to Australia, pasties derived from recipes passed down by Cornish emigrants over centuries are eaten and enjoyed by many millions of people. The annual championships return on St Piran’s Day, with top Cornish folk singers Fisherman’s Friends headlining.
18 Mar 2016 to 20 Mar 2016
Beer and Mussel Festival
The Cornish Arms, Churchtown, St Merryn, Padstow, Cornwall, PL28 8ND
The event features over 40 different beers and ciders, and a busy line up of live entertainment over the weekend. The festival kicks off on Friday with a truly Cornish performance from local comedian Kernow King before dancing the night away with Taz DJ. Bacon baps and coffees will be on hand on Saturday morning along with a book signing from Rick and chef demos from Jack Stein and Stuart Pate. The 6 Nations rugby will be screened all day, kicking off with Wales vs. Italy at 2 and showing England vs. France at 8pm. Sunday includes chef demos from Alex Clark and Stephane Delourme, a book signing from Rick and live entertainment from Josh Curnow and the Boscastle Buoys as well as the Big Pub Quiz.
16 Apr 2016 to 17 Apr 2016
Porthleven Food Festival
Porthleven, Helston, Cornwall, TR13 9JA
A weekend of Cornish food, beer and bands in the little harbour town of Porthleven, with over 90 food and craft stalls line the harbour. Marquees on the quayside will be packed full of tasty treats, live music and cookery demonstrations from local and celebrity chefs. The party atmosphere is alive from start to finish with everything from classic and country to rock and reggae with the very best of local and international acts. The festival finishes with a firework finale.
2 May 2016
St Ives May Day
St Ives Guildhall, West Pier, The Harbour & Rosemerryn, St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 2NH
Celebrating the end of winter and the coming of spring is a tradition that stretches back hundreds of years (celebrations can be shown to date back to 1573) in West Cornwall and St Ives rekindled its connection to the past when it revived its May Day festival a few years ago. Starting with the choosing of the 'May Queen', 'King', 'Prince', and "Princess", there follows a procession to the Harbour front, followed with Maypole dancing on the beach, by "Kidz R Us", and a barbeque on the wharf.
14 May 2016 to 15 May 2016
St Ives Food and Drink Festival
Porthminster Beach, St Ives, West Cornwall, TR26 2DS
Taste, try, meet, buy, and enjoy the finest flavours and tastes that Cornwall has to offer and see some of the best chefs in the county giving cooking demonstrations in one of the best food and drink destinations anywhere in the UK. The festival is a celebration of local produce and talent and a showcase of local chefs, culinary experts and a wide variety of local beverages and food. A Producers Market on Porthminster Beach will include some of Cornwall's leading food and drink producers displaying and selling their produce. With everything from beer and cider producers, to chocolate and cheese makers, fruit and vegetable growers and meat, chutney and bread you’ll find plenty to delight your taste buds.
9 Jun 2016 to 11 Jun 2016
Royal Cornwall Show
Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge, Cornwall, PL27 7JE
The Royal Cornwall Show has been part of the Cornish way of life for well over 200 years. It’s the county’s biggest annual event and is brim-full of exhibits and activities which offer so much in the way of entertainment, competition, information, shopping and all that’s best in food and farming. Being a top agricultural show it attracts increasing numbers of animals, entered into the hundreds of classes which are refined each year. And year on year people travel from further and further afield in the hope of coming away with an award.
23-25 September 2016
Great Cornish Food Festival
Tens of thousands of people descended on to Truro’s Lemon Quay in the final weekend of September for the Great Cornish Food Festival, the largest festival anywhere that’s completely dedicated to Cornish food and drink. Last year over 100 different food experts and chefs from across the county were among the line-up of exhibitors, live demonstrations and children’s activities to get people trying, tasting and learning about Cornwall’s fabulous larder.
A few more TBC at the time of writing: