We’re taking a break this year


Following in Glasto’s footsteps, the Great Cornish Food Festival will be taking a break in 2018.

We’ve worked tirelessly on what has become one of Cornwall’s flagship events and a well-loved weekend for those who visit and those who participate.  However, we know people are keen to see it evolve even further and, with food events becoming more and more prolific, we want the Great Cornish Food Festival to continue to be something really special in any foodlovers’ calendar.

That means taking a bit of time to review everything, making sure we are adapting to changing tastes and habits and ensuring that our wonderful event will stand the test of time long into the future.  After much soul-searching we’ve had to be realistic and admit that we just can’t do this alongside putting on the event this year.

We know this will be a disappointment to many people but the last thing we want is to produce something sub-standard and put the festival’s hard-won reputation at risk.

Rest assured that we won’t be putting our feet up just yet.  The review is already underway and new ideas are coming thick and fast to ensure that when the festival returns it will be worth the wait.

Meanwhile our heartfelt thanks to everyone who has given their time and energy to make the festival what it has become – our sponsors, exhibitors, chefs, presenters, volunteers, contractors and of course the tens of thousands of you who have come and enjoyed yourselves year after year.

We’ll be back!

A bit about the festival


The festival has taken place on Truro’s Lemon Quay at the end of September each year since 2004.  It regularly draws around 40,000 visitors to the city and is estimated to generate around £3m for Cornwall’s economy.

The Great Cornish Food Festival began life as Cornwall Food & Drink Festival in 2004 and was the idea of Steve Whittingham, owner of Fodders Café in Tinners’ Court adjacent to Lemon Quay.  The old quay, in the heart of Truro, had been recently redeveloped at the time from a car park to a public open space.

The early festivals were put together by Steve, Truro City Council and a committee of dedicated volunteers.  EU funding and support via Taste of the West helped it get off the ground and when that funding came to an end the committee approached Ruth Huxley, our Managing Director, who was in the process of setting up the network organisation Cornwall Food & Drink.

Ruth took the event under Cornwall Food & Drink’s wing and has been managing it since 2009.  In that time, the number of festival visitors has more than doubled and it has become a go-to event for locals, holidaymakers and food industry professionals alike. Typically, 98% of festival-goers rate their experience as ‘Excellent’ or ‘Good’ and more than 3,000 people plan their holidays around it.

The name changed to the Great Cornish Food Festival in 2014, following the publication of our award-winning Great Cornish Food Book, the style of which captured people’s imaginations and became a big hit, selling out its first print run in less than 6 months.  It seemed only logical for the festival to adopt the popular ‘Great Cornish Food’ brand with its fresh and distinctive blue and white stripe.

Watch this space for updates – we look forward to seeing you again soon.