Free Range Home Grown Fun At North Cornwall's Funky Autumn Harvest
On the lawns of Bude Castle this month, Saturday 20 September and Sunday 21 September, an open invitation is extended to readers to discover the class of culinary cleverness hiding around the banks of the old canal.
Bude is well-known for its beautiful beaches; stunning sunsets and dramatic scenery. Now it’s time for food to come to the fore. Cornwall’s most up-and-coming seaside town boasts an array of local producers whose food is sourced with care, prepared with skill and delivered with pride – as the festival exhibits outstanding producers of local food. Local restaurants, pubs and cafés, pronounced by their provenance, have been involved in a Restaurant Trail, wherein visitors can collect stamps from participants around town.
Come hungry to Bude for Food, as there will be the opportunity to sample everything from charcuterie to chocolates, brownies to handmade bread, pasties to preserves and much, much more. Over 50 local exhibitors will be showcasing their wares in the Artisan Food Marquee. Enjoy delicious freshly cooked street food; from Mexican or French to barbecue. Not forgetting, naturally, the Cornish cream tea. And whether the preferred tipple is cordial, cider, beer, wine or something stronger, a local version will be on sale to delight all tastes.
Top chefs such as Michelin-starred Paul Ainsworth (Number 6 in Padstow, Great British Menu), Emily Watkins (Kingham Plough, Great British Menu), Martin Dorey (the Camper Van Cook), Sanjay Kumar (leader of Slow Food Cornwall and champion of the Cornish sardine) and Steve Marsh (the Greenbank Hotel in Falmouth) will be demonstrating their skills in the kitchen theatre, with an emphasis on using what's local and seasonally available.
The Festival is also a place to discover the local projects and people that make Bude special. Masterclasses include the art of foraging with the Eden Project’s Emma Gunn and a food bank cookery demonstration from Sanjay Kumar. With its sights on improving the accessibility of food, the festival is focused on finding fresh produce and foraging where possible.
If the food alone isn't enough to tantalise tastebuds, Saturday night is party night, with live music from some of Cornwall’s finest: Freshly Squeezed, an eight-piece funk-fuelled set of outstanding musicians famous for filling dance floors, appears on a double bill with Antimatador, featuring Simon Dobson, award-winning master of brass. And don’t miss the Friday comedy night with Patrick Monahan, veteran of the Edinburgh Fringe. Packed with belly laughs, Monahan's reputation is for clean and accessible comedy with a pinch of friendly judiciously chosen audience participation. An absolute must!
This family-friendly festival also offers activity workshops for children, a play area and baby-change facilities.
Where and when:
Bude for Food, Bude Castle Lawns, The Wharf, Bude EX23 8LG
Friday 19 September (19.00-23.00), Saturday 20 September (10.00-23.00), Sunday 21 September (10.00-16.00)
Daytime entry free; Artisan Food Marquee wristband entry £1.50; evening events ticketed, see website for details