About 2018-02-27T11:29:10+00:00

St Ives Food and Drink Festival proves a culinary treat

Over 12,000 food lovers poured onto Porthminster Beach over the weekend to enjoy the annual St Ives Food and Drink festival – twice as many as at last year’s event. Festival goers on both Saturday and Sunday were spoilt for choice with the food on offer, including cooking masterclasses on the Chef Stage throughout the weekend, and there wasn’t a spare seat in the house for all of the celebrity chef demos.

“St Ives is the most beautiful setting for a food festival, you just can’t beat it. Walking along the stalls I saw there’s fresh shellfish for sale, and the produce is so inspiring.

I get all my fish sent to me from Cornwall because of the quality. It’s so important to support local food and ingredients and it’s been great being here this weekend for the festival.” 

Jane Devonshire, MasterChef Winner

“It has been an amazing weekend for the festival with thousands of people soaking up the best Cornish food and fantastic atmosphere on the beach. This year was bigger and better than ever, and despite some showers on Saturday, we had more than double the amount of people at the festival than last year.” 

Carl Lamb, Business Improvement District manager, St Ives BID

Gracing the Chef Stage were the likes of Nathan Outlaw, who helped the audience perfect a hollandaise sauce; Great British Bake Off winner Frances Quinn, who built some edible sand castles; and last year’s MasterChef winner, Jane Devonshire, who cooked up some gluten-free mozzarella and mushroom muffins.

Other highlights of the weekend included a pop-up barbeque demo on the beach when chef Ben Quinn from Wood Fired Canteen served up fish tacos to those watching. 

And the festival went on well into the night on Saturday with Kernow King performing and Sandy Acre 7 entertaining the crowds.

2018 promises an exciting line up

We want 2018 to be our biggest festival yet with plenty of activity and audience engagement. The festival will include:

  • Fantastic demonstrations from nationally renowned celebrity chefs to our own local superstars
  • The very best artisan traders with high quality food & drink producers
  • Music performances by local & regional artists including evening sessions on Friday & Saturday night
  • Friday’s sponsons VIP event onsite
  • Headliners for the Saturday Evening Session will be Electric Swing Circus and The Correspondents
  • Enhanced marketing plan with a focus on social media & local marketing
  • Food trail in & around St Ives starting the week of the festival
  • Children’s play area
  • Dog friendly zone
  • Water sports activities

The dates have already been set for next year, and the festival will be held for 3 days on Porthminster Beach on May 11th, 12th & 13th

Over sixty stands showcase local products including wine, cider, beer, chocolate, cheese, meat, chutneys and bread. Visitors can also purchase delicious freshly-cooked hot food to enjoy on the beach. There is also live music and entertainment, with plenty of activities for children. We work with the very best local businesses to deliver the best food and drink festival every year.

For more information contact: Anais Hancock at DCA PR. Tel: 01208 77900 / 07887 841595


Tel: 01736 792121
9 High Street, St Ives TR26 1RS

Tel: 01872 888089
Kernow House, Gas Hill, Newham, Truro TR1 2XP

We care about our environment 

St Ives Food & Drink Festival is committed to our town and our beach site and we seek to manage and mitigate the negative impacts on our environment. We commit to ensuring recycling provision across the site, reducing plastic usage as much as possible, developing sustainable travel options, collaborating with like minded people and suppliers, and working with Cornish suppliers, businesses and producers. We seek to maximise the opportunities to create positive impact in the town and for our communities including involvement from local food & drink producers and suppliers, partnerships with local chefs and restaurants, promotion of the town as a whole, skills development opportunities for young people and performance opportunities for community groups.