Tresco and Bryher Food Festival Starts Today

bryher shop 004It’s the start of the second Tresco and Bryher Food and Drink Festival today and organisers are hoping for a good turnout from visitors and locals.

Alasdair Moore from Tresco Estate said the festival is still “fairly small fry” compared to many similar ones on the mainland, but he’s hoping they’ll benefit from the excellent publicity they’ve received in high profile publications like The Telegraph and Country Life.

The focus today will be on Tresco, with food stalls in Smith Square, by Tresco Stores, featuring local food producers and suppliers.

There’s also a champagne bar and demonstrations by famous Cornish fishmonger, Matthew Stevens.

For the more active, wild food forager, Rachel Lambert will be making tours of the islands, which are free to join, and the Truro Doctors cricket team will be playing the locals in the afternoon, followed by a special cricket tea.

The day will culminate with a seven-course gourmet dinner at the Flying Boat Club restaurant.

Tomorrow, the events shift to Bryher, where there’ll be another Wild Food Walk with Rachel, as well as food stalls in the Community Centre, Hell Bay’s pop-up Crab Shack and fudge from Veronica Farm.

Alasdair says you only have to look across the water to Cornwall to see how the county has become the UK’s market leader in food tourism.

He says they’re a good example of what can be done with good, simple, local produce.

And he says there’s potential for the event to grow if there’s enough appetite for it from the other islands.

Alasdair said he knows some visitors have arranged their trip specifically around the dates although he feels it should be seen more as an added benefit to those coming here later in the season as well as the locals too.

He said they had no idea how many would turn up to the inaugural event last year and he was “bowled over” by the success of it.

He’s hoping a few hundred will pass through the two islands again this weekend.