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  • Nathan Outlaw and Outlaw's chef Tim Barnes
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  • The theatre was packed for Nathan Outlaw's grand finale

The 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, for the most energetic and exciting line-up ever seen in the festival’s 12 year history.

The event is the largest festival anywhere that’s completely dedicated to Cornish food and drink. 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. Seafood hero Nathan Outlaw closed the festival on Sunday afternoon, cooking up a storm with fresh Cornish mackerel in a grand finale that followed a jam-packed timetable, where some of Cornwall’s top chefs were on stage to make the most of Cornish produce. The festival also played host to rising stars in the industry, featuring debuts from Harbour Lights’ Chloe Marsland, Godolphin Arms’ Bernie Powling and Fistral Beach Hotel & Spa’s Ben Arthur – part of Jamie Oliver’s original Fifteen cohort.

The festival weekend coincided with the launch week of key sponsor GWR’s rebrand, part of which sees them strengthening the connection between their mainline train services and the communities they serve, working closely with local businesses to help boost the economy. Many of the Cornish products used on board the GWR train services – in particular their world-renowned Pullman Dining Service – were being showcased at the Great Cornish Food Festival this year, including sparkling brut from Knightor Winery near St Austell, biscuits from Furniss Foods, and products from Trewithen Dairy, who recently became the official milk supplier on board all GWR train services. Jamie Anderson, Campaigns Manager at Great Western Railway, says: “We’re delighted to be sponsoring this year’s Great Cornish Food Festival, to help celebrate the amazing food and drink which can be found across the region. We do everything we can to source the produce we sell on our trains locally, from the very land and sea that you travel past on each journey. We’ve been working with Cornwall Food & Drink for five successful years and supporting Cornish produce remains at the heart of our plans for the future.”

Great Cornish Food Festival

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