Our second annual Cornwall Asparagus Festival was an all-round success. Well over 300 visitors attended the event, doubling its visitor numbers since our first event in 2012.
Aaron Pascoe, General Manager at The Penventon, was delighted with the turnout. “We’re passionate about local produce and we’ve worked hard to make this year’s festival bigger and better than the first. We’re so pleased that so many people came along to celebrate the county’s fantastic produce with us and we hope that the festival just goes from strength to strength, year on year. We have so much to offer here in Cornwall, many talented local chefs and delicious produce, so it’s great to celebrate all things local.”
The festival, which took place on Sunday 19 May, was a free one-day event with a mixture of asparagus recipes, live cookery demonstrations, tasters, a special asparagus menu and plenty of Cornish food and drink on offer. The festival is about so much more than asparagus; the Food Market showcased everything from home grown veg and Cornish duck, to Cornish wine and clotted cream. Presented by BBC Radio Cornwall’s Daphne Skinnard and Tiffany Truscott the live cookery demonstrations were a real highlight of the festival.
Joe Lado Devesa, head chef, comments: “People came from far and wide to explore as much Cornish produce as they could manage. Local growers John and Jennie Keeler were happy to answer questions about asparagus and we had some fantastic chefs, including Tim Treseder, Arty Williams, Nigel Tabb and Mark Devonshire sharing the secrets behind their favourite recipes. It was fantastic to see the whole community coming together to meet the people behind the produce, celebrate and really connect with local food.”
For more information and asparagus recipes visit www.cornwallasparagusfestival.co.uk.