The Boscastle Food, Art and Craft Festival returns to the village for its eleventh year with even more to see and do, plus support from some old favourites.
The two-day festival taking place on October 3 and 4 is set to be bigger, better and more entertaining than ever with new opportunities for visitors to get a real flavour for the character of this picturesque fishing village.
The festival was originally created to raise funds after freak floods devastated the village in 2004. Growing in popularity year-on-year, it has become not only a fitting tribute to the local community’s spirit, but also a magnet for artisan producers, foodies, music-lovers and craftspeople.
More than 4,000 visitors are expected to turn out over the weekend to sample sensational Cornish produce, marvel at creative arts and crafts and enjoy magical musical performances in the festival marquee.
This year, thanks to greater participation from the local community, visitors will have a unique chance to explore Boscastle’s hidden gems through the brand new Village Trail. By wending their way around the local streets, visitors can expect to encounter a diverse range of entertainment including circus acts, art workshops and live music.
Foodie visitors are in for a real treat with a tantalising line-up in the Chef Theatre, including demonstrations from over 12 of Cornwall’s best chefs, including Andy Appleton, Aaron James, Emily Scott and Kit Davis (pictured), head chef at Boscastle’s Wellington Hotel. There will also be a glutton of tasty fare from local Cornish producers such as Cornish Sea Salt, Grumpies of Cornwall, Kernow Chocolate and Whalesborough Cheese.
The musical element will kick off on the opening gala night on Thursday, October 2 with entertainment from the Boscastle Buoys, followed up by Dr Zog & the Ska Boys. On the Sunday night, the BRIT Award-nominated Plymouth Military Wives Choir will be making a triumphant return to headline the Choir Festival with their rousing and poignant songs.
Festival chairman Michael Parsons said: “We’ve got another great festival lined up for 2015. Once again the programme showcases Cornwall’s most talented chefs and musicians and the marquee will be packed full of top quality stalls, exhibits and activities.
“We’re particularly excited to announce new elements to the festival this year. The Village Trail ensures that not only is an adventure around every corner, but that the festival has a much more of an ‘about the town’ focus. We look forward to welcoming visitors to come and share in our love of food, arts and crafts.”
Chris Searle, treasurer of the festival committee, said: “Last year we raised a record £9,300 for local charities and the community. The festival is a great way to build back up the fantastic community spirit that we have in Boscastle. It also provides a great showcase of all that we have to offer on the North Coast and Cornwall as a whole.”
Full details for the event will soon be available via www.boscastlefestival.co.uk