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Boscastle Food Festival has character and the Bulldog Spirit

There is something very special indeed about the Boscastle Food Festival celebrations and if there is one event that you should make a note of on your calender, then this is it.
Boscastle Food Festival is expanding in activities and events as it builds on its former success. The Food, Art and Craft Festival at Boscastle takes place over the first weekend in October. There will be a team of professional chefs whose sole aim is to entertain and educate, along with archery, craft stalls and walks around the area focusing on local wildlife and photography.

Boscastle rises again after the floods

For anyone who is not familiar with the Cornish village of Boscastle, cast your mind back to the summer of 2004 when was in the news for all of the wrong reasons, namely the devastating floods which swept through the village.

The Boscastle Festival was originally devised to lift spirits and tell the rest of the world that Boscastle was open for business again after the floods. Many local traders literally lost their livelihoods overnight so the very fact that the food festival started so soon afterwards was quite a magnificent achievement.

The Boscastle Food Festival certainly epitomises how the bulldog spirit will keep ordinary people going when all they really want to do is turn their backs on everything and take the easy option to quit.

Thankfully, the people of Boscastle have managed to put all of this behind them and the food festival could very easily be described as a celebration of not only the local area but also the fantastic produce and the highly talented chefs who operate in and around this picturesque Cornish village.

The Boscastle Festival now includes a Walking Week in late March/early April to complement the Boscastle Food Festival in early October.

One of a kind

One of the highlights of the Food Festival would have to be the opening night party which is held in the Festival Marquee on the Thursday evening as a warm-up to the festival itself. In 2014 it will be opened by the Boscastle Buoys followed by Dr Zog and the Ska Boys so be prepared for a party like no other. Food comes courtesy of the Cornish Curry Company and there’s a bar and a raffle. Tickets are available from the Visitor Centre and cost £15.00 for adults, including food.

The closing event is a concert on the Sunday night and tickets remain very affordable and include a Cornish pasty. This year (2014) the 95 members of the Plymouth Military Wives Choir will be performing along with the .

In between these events there are many food-themed competitions and demonstrations which are always enjoyed by amateur chefs and food lovers. Arts and crafts stalls will also be available showcasing many different skills from creative artisans.

Discounts at restaurants during the Boscastle Food Festival

If you are considering dining at one of the superb restaurants which are situated around Boscastle and you are attending the festival, don’t forget to keep hold of your programme as many of these restaurants are happy to offer a discount.

Another tip for festival goers is to take advantage of the excellent park and ride service because Boscastle is a quaint Cornish fishing village in every sense of the word. This means narrow roads which get especially busy during the weekend of the festival, not to mention car parks which fill up very quickly indeed.

In the short space of time that the Boscastle Food Festival has been in existence, it is already regarded as one of the premier festivals of this type. Set in a delightful village location, attending the Boscastle Food Festival is highly recommended!

The Boscastle Food Festival came about as a silver lining to the cloud when the village was badly damaged by exceptional flooding. Many other communities up and down the country have been affected by various disasters over the years.

Do you know of any place that has similar events or festivals as a celebration to show that they have fully recovered and are ready to move forward?

About Gillian Birch

Born in Cheshire, Gillian Birch moved to Cornwall at her earliest opportunity and never looked back. After 20 years, her ongoing discovery of popular attractions, quiet footpaths and local eateries has made her a fount of knowledge as she entertains readers with her informative articles on the hidden gems of Devon & Cornwall from a local point-of-view.

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