After a break of a year and four months, the St Ives Food and Drink Festival is returning to its Porthminster Beach base from the 17th to 19th September.

St Ives Food Drink Festival

The event usually takes place in May, but has been rescheduled to September because of Covid. With the September Festival also taking place, it’s going to make for a busy town!

Cooking at the event will be Emily Scott, who has just published her first Cornwall-themed cook book, Stephane Delourme and Pete Murt from the Rick Stein Group, Great British Menu finalist Jude Kereama, and award-winning author Steven Lamb, of River Cottage.

The outdoor Asado fire pit will take centre stage as the main demo area, with a full chef line-up cooking over fire all weekend. Sustainability is a passion among many of the chefs, and visitors will be treated to be an exploration of the best locally-sourced ingredients, cooked over fire, with the likes of Ross Geach, of Padstow Kitchen Garden, grow-your-own author Kathy Slack, and Michelin green star chef Jeffrey Robinson.

St Ives Food Festival chefs

Daytime content at the festival, including all the chefs’ demos, will be free all weekend. The evening sessions are ticketed and there will be a full music line-up.

Friday night’s opening party welcomes Andy Quick and Freshly Squeezed to the stage. On Saturday night, the Roustabouts will urge everyone to get on their dancing shoes. They are followed by the London-based seven-piece Cable Street Collective. Both bands have spent the last year writing and recording new material while they get ready for festival season to return.

On Sunday, Bailey Tomkinson will grace the stage for the last day of the festival. A singer-songwriter from St Ives, she is part of the new wave of British country-influenced artists. Following Bailey, Leeds-based Howlin’ Ric & the Rocketeers will play vibrant and authentic rock and roll, roving from raucous rhythm and blues right through to dreamy popcorn love songs.