Autumn Food Festival Planned For Tresco And Bryher

Tresco's Flying Boat Club will be one of the venues

A new event being planned for the autumn could bring extra visitors and publicity for Scilly.

Scilly is having its first food festival.

Over two days in September, visitors to Tresco will be able to attend free courses on how to cook menu items from the land and the sea. There will be tips on dressing crab and making artisan bread and pizzas, as well as wine and cheese tastings.

On the Saturday evening, there’ll be a seven-course tasting menu at the Flying Boat Club with each course prepared by a different island chef. The next day there’ll be a chance to try food on Bryher.

From Radio Scilly

Tresco’s Alasdair Moore talks to Radio Scilly about plans for the food festival

Bryher resident Issy Tibbs and Alasdair Moore from Tresco discovered that they were both planning separate food events and they agreed it was best to share the session between the two islands over the weekend.

Alasdair says the festival will mix formal meals with informal tastings, presentations and hands-on learning events.

The event will highlight the range of foods produced here on the islands and also offer a specific reason for people to travel to the islands in the shoulder period, says Alasdair.

There’ll also be some mainland contributions from producers representing products that aren’t available in Scilly. A cheese expert is coming from Newlyn and they’re hope to have some expert wine sommeliers on hand, but the main purpose of the event is to showcase the two islands’ producers and chefs.

Alasdair says they’re focussed on making this first festival a success but says it would be fantastic if it could become bigger and cover the whole of Scilly.

The festival will be taking place on the 15th and 16th of September.