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Sunday, 14 May 2017

St Ives Food & Drink Festival


The stunning location of Porthminster beach plays host to this year's St Ives Food & Drink festival...  


and a superb line up of Cornish chefs headed up by...



Nathan Outlaw,  with two stars,  Michelin's highest rated fish chef who whisked up a dish based on abundant Cornish haddock...


which proved something of a challenge for the festival photographers to get a shot of under the strong midday sun!...

Photo courtesy of Crystal Sea skipper David Stevens 

after years of virtual correspondence Through the Gaps finally gets to meet Mr Outlaw, the natural successor to Keith Floyd who did so much to champion the cause for home-grown fish consumption through his ground-breaking BBC TV series, Floyd on Fish - maybe we'll see fish-chef extraordinaire Nathan carry on where the great Floyd left off?...


what a backdrop, another chef gets down and dirty on the beach...


and another great champion of South West fish, Mich Tonks, Rockfish's beacon of fish cuisine just over the border in Plymouth wrestles with a dish of octopus - the pig's trotter texture of the dish truly mouth-watering...




he was closely followed by the lively Jack Stein who never fails to engage with the audience ably assisted by equally vivacious Sophie Mitchell who entertained the audience with a great, largely add-libbed double act...



it isn't all fish at the show of course so there are food and drink stalls to suit all tastes...


in some cases literally from all round the world...


strolling on the beach...


local crab company, Real Cornish Crab Company was kept busy all day...


as were the nachos, wraps & pulled pork...


burritos...


all consumed to the backdrop of a lively music stage...


inside the huge exhibitors marquee and eclectic mix of local produce...


and food related products...


some fiery...


some consummately coffee...


or chocolaty...


and the inevitable truly British cuppa were all available...


and will be for Sunday too! 

Check out the weather at the beach live on the festival webcam!