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Last updated: 30 July, 2023

This popular annual festival showcases the best of local Cornish food & drink, in one of Cornwall’s loveliest towns.

As you’d expect, food stalls sell locally sourced and made produce, from fresh seafood to artisan cheese. There are live demonstrations from top chefs, plus live music and entertainment.

If you can’t make the festival, consider tackling the St Ives Food Trail instead. It lists local establishments in the town offering the whole range of Cornish produce and specialities.

Price: Free
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 4+
Frequency: annually
When: 2nd weekend May
Duration: 3 days

Getting there & doing it

Daytime entry into the festival and Friday night is free. Tickets are required for Thursday and Saturday night events – buy online in advance. Under 12s go free.

When to do it

The festival is held on Porthminster Beach on the 2nd weekend in May each year.

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Cornwall, United Kingdom (UK)

Aerial Image of cornish beach with Paddle boards lined up

A region of craggy cliffs, sheltered creeks, glorious sandy beaches and quintessential villages – rich in local life, pagan legend and delicious, locally-made food and drink.