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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 pad­stowchrist­mas­fes­ti­

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