We were delighted to hosted Cornwall’s first ever asparagus festival last Sunday – 29th May.
The day began with an opportunity to meet Cornwall’s largest asparagus growers John and Jenny Keeler from Tregassow Farm, who shared some tips for growing this tricky crop.
The festival day was packed with a full programme of live cookery demonstrations from some of Cornwall’s top chefs, including: Nigel Tabb of Tabb’s in Truro, Arty Williams of The Cove in Falmouth, John Waterhouse, former head lecturer of catering at Cornwall College, and our very own chef Joe Lado Devesa.
In addition to the cooking demonstrations there were lots delicious tasters and Cornish produce available at the festival food market, visitors were able to try asparagus, pick up hints, tips and learn new recipes – and with the added help of our recipe book they could cook the dishes at home for dinner!
Aaron Pascoe, our Hotel Manager said ” The Cornwall Asparagus festival is all about celebrating our local producers and gives visitors the chance to find out more about what’s on their doorstep!”
The afternoon was concluded with a fun asparagus challenge between two Penventon chefs – the hard part for the visitors was to choose who dish was the best!
The day was such a success – with over 250 attending, we are already making plans for the Cornwall Asparagus Festival 2013!