Boscastle Food, Art and Craft Festival

Cornwall's beautiful village of Boscastle hosts its annual Food, Art and Craft Festival during the first weekend in October (4th and 5th October) and celebrates everything that is truly Cornish.

The Opening Night Gala Evening on Thursday 2 October has become a traditional part of the Festival where locals and visitors come together to celebrate the start of the Festival. Weekend. Entitled ‘2 Bands, a Curry and a Stomp’, the Festival Marquee opens at 7pm, followed by a fantastic night’s entertainment opening with the Boscastle Buoys followed by Dr Zog & the Ska Boys. The music briefly gives way to a delicious curry from the Cornish Curry Company (about 8pm). A raffle and the auction will take place during the curry. Tickets – including food – are £16.00 for adults and £6 for children.

However, events really get going on Saturday 4 October with a programme of top chef demonstrations. Chefs include, Kit Davis, Paul Harwood, Tom Hunter, Nathan Outlaw, Mark Puckey and Emily Scott. The Cornish Chefs Club leads an ‘’Ask the Chefs, Question & Answer Panel’’ on Sunday 5th October. Meanwhile, there is plenty for the visitor to experience from the Food and Drink Exhibitors showcasing all the very best in Cornish Fine Food. In addition, Arts and Crafts Exhibitors will be in high demand as they share their skills and their creations with locals and visitors.

Now in its second year, the Green Scene is a series of fun, educational events for adults and kids alike. This year, the main focus is on the natural world and organisers have brought together a wide range of conservation groups from Cornwall and beyond to tell guests more about what they do and the animals and plants that they work with. Present will be, The Barn Owl Trust, British Divers Marine Life Rescue, Cornwall Seal Group, Devon and Cornwall Bat Groups, Friends of the Earth and the National Trust. pressing. Sally Harvey from Cornish Country Cordials will be taking along her mobile apple press, so visitors can take along their spare apples and they can be turned into lovely apple juice – or, for the more ambitious, made into cider. Get your apples pressed for just £1 per bag!

For kids there is plenty - learn how to build a Bug Hotel or come and do some Wild Art; Milk a (mechanical) cow! Row the Atlantic..or a bit of it. The Boscastle and Crackington Gig Club will be running a rowing machine competition as well as hosting more activities for kids. Sunday Night will mark the end of the Festival with a Choir Concert. The Plymouth Military Wives Choir will be performing at this year’s traditional end of festival choir concert. Singing a full programme in two halves, the choir will be supported by the ever popular Boscastle Buoys. Military Wives Choir Plymouth has continued to grow both in strength and numbers to a staggering 95! Tickets £12.00 (including a Cornish Pasty).

Tickets for the Boscastle Festival are priced at £3 per day available at the Marquee entrance. There are two Festival car parks on the edge of the village - both clearly signposted. A free Park and Ride service will operate on both days, allowing easy access to the festival marquee and all the other events around Boscastle village.


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