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Celebrate Easter Cornish-style at the Trereife Food & Craft Fair

The Easter Weekend in Cornwall sees the lovely Trereife Estate near Penzance open its gates for the highly regarded Trereife Easter Food and Craft Fair.
The three-day Easter Weekend is a busy one in Cornwall, not least at the lovely Trereife Estate (pronounced Treave) near Penzance. It opens its doors (or should we say gates?) to what has become a highly regarded Easter Food and Craft Fair. Such is the success of this upscale event that some of the top food producers in the Westcountry cram into the marquees to display their finest produce.

Cornish food and drink at its best

Cornwall may be best known for its clotted cream and “oggies” (pasties), but it is also the home to superb small-batch cheeses and delicious smoked fish. There are many producers of beer, cider and wine who also set up shop at the fair. Soon the tables are heaving with beautiful packaged foods and crowds mill around each decorated stall like bees around the proverbial honey pot. The noise of happy sales chatter and laughter creates a really nice informal atmosphere as visitors browse, sample and buy some of Cornwall’s tastiest creations.

Chef demonstrations at Trereife Easter Food and Craft Fair

To further raise the interest level for foodies, part of the is given over to excellent food demonstrations by local chefs. Promising trainee chefs from Penwith College make their debut alongside from Newlyn’s fish industry and Philip Oakes from Cornwall College. They are as gifted at entertaining as they are at cooking, so prepare to be royally entertained. They all promote and use locally sourced ingredients which are on sale as part of the event.

Other tents house the wonderful array of artworks and crafts made by enterprising local craftsmen and women. There are plenty of newcomers displaying innovative jewellery, woodwork and paper crafts. However, many well-known designers take a stand at Trereife’s Food and Craft Fair too, so look out for and stylish contemporary furniture designed by Paul Wilcox. You will see some very interesting craft demonstrations along with a programme of live music and entertainment.

The fair has plenty more going on over the weekend, and if you move outside the sales tents you will find the Grand Easter Egg Hunt in full swing in the grounds. Hundreds of happy wellie-clad children dart and dive around the woods and walled garden following a series of clues that will lead to an appropriate reward.

The Fair goes the extra mile to make this a really family-orientated event and children can get their hands sticky at the Funky Food Workshop or listen to story tellers and watch magicians who are specially commissioned for the day. There is a small admission fee for adults and children over the age of 5, with a great value family ticket admitting two adults and three children for just £9. After visiting once, I’m sure you’ll agree that it represents great value for money at this fabulous Easter Weekend event.

Tours of Trereife House

is a place I would highly recommend for visitors in the Penzance area at any time of year. You may have seen the Queen Anne manor house and heard its fascinating history on Channel 4’s Country House Rescue programme. Private tours of the house are led by the current owner himself, Tim Le Grice, whose family has had connections with Trereife since 1798.

Have you been to Trereife or any other food and craft show in the Westcountry? Do you think it provided a great day out? Let us know your experiences by sharing your comments in the box below.

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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