Third Tresco And Bryher Food Festival Will Be The Biggest Yet

Issy Tibbs

Issy Tibbs

The 3rd Tresco and Bryher Food Festival is being held this weekend and the event is even bigger this year, with more to attract foodies, families and locals and visitors who want some fun.

On Saturday a local producers fair at Tresco’s Smith Square will be followed by expert tips on fish filleting with Mike Pender at 3pm.

And islander Eddie Birch will offering a chance to ‘Shrimp my Tide’ – a master class in shrimping at 2pm, to make the most of the very low water.

Joint-organiser Issy Tibbs thinks the shrimping will be very popular, even with residents of the other islands who haven’t experienced the low tides between Tresco and Bryher before.

On Bryher, the Sunday Harvest Festival service at 9.15am will be followed by local food from all the islands at the community centre from 10.30am.

Later there’ll be a chance for youngsters to make ice cream sundaes. Issy says they wanted to give the kids something to keep them amused, and there’ll also be a ‘Plant Your Own Veg’ session for them, in partnership with Scilly’s Farmers’ and Growers’ Initiative.

Issy says she hopes everyone who comes to the festival can find something to enjoy.

The event gives islanders a chance to discover the food available on their own doorstep but Issy feels the event also encourages people to come and stay here.

She says many places appear to be fully booked this weekend with some visitors saying they specifically wanted to come for the food festival.

Around 500 people attended the Bryher side of the festival last year and with the added 2014 attractions, there’s the potential for bigger things in the future.

Issy says it’s only in its third year and already it’s grown larger than she ever thought it could get.