PADSTOW CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL
The most star-studded event on Cornwall’s December calendar is undoubtedly the Padstow Christmas Festival, spearheaded by local food heroes Rick Stein, Paul Ainsworth, and Nathan Outlaw (pictured above).
Their presence helps to attract lots of top chefs to the North Cornwall coast to take part in the festival, now in its 11th year.
This year chefs appearing include Michael Caines, Phil Vickery, Brian Turner, Angela Hartnett, Mitch Tonks, Jack Stein, Mark Hix, Glynn Purnell and Channel 4’s Million Pound Menu judge, Atul Kochhar.
The festival is one of the largest of its kind in the country, attracting tens of thousands of people to the picturesque harbourside town.
As well as showcasing the talents of celebrity and local chefs, Padstow plays host to more than 100 stalls in its famous Christmas market, packed with artisan crafts and locally-produced food and drink.
The free-to-attend event also features live music, a lantern parade, Santa’s grotto, and fireworks display.
‘We’re always delighted to be able to show off the talent of so many incredible chefs, and are overwhelmed by the number who travel from all over the country at such a busy time of the year,’ says festival organiser Tina Evans.
‘The Christmas festival has been instrumental in giving the town an outof-season economic boost, so it’s great to see that Padstow continues to attract some of world’s best chefs.’
Festival favourite, Nieves Barragán Mohacho, also returns to Padstow this year, flushed with the success of her new London restaurant, Sabor, which has been listed among the top ten in the country, despite having opened only a few months ago.
‘I love Padstow, and the Christmas festival is one of my favourites,’ adds Nieves.
‘I get most of my seafood and fish from Cornwall and I just love it. Padstow has amazing crabs and the fish is super fresh. I also love the restaurants.
‘Cornwall is quite similar to northern Spain, and Padstow reminds me of the town I grew up in outside Bilbao, so I feel connected.’
The two chef stages will feature more than 60 cookery demonstrations, as well as food forums and themed workshops.
A charity Santa Fun Run and Cycle on the Sunday will raise funds for Cornwall Hospice Care and the popular firework display is on Friday 7 December at 8.30pm.
Nathan Outlaw will open the festival in the Sharp’s Chefs Theatre at midday on 6 December.
For full details go to padstowchristmasfestival.co.uk