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Fifteen Cornwall’s Spring Fayre

With more than 20 food stalls, live chef demonstrations and fun foodie workshops for kids, the 2015 Spring Fayre at Watergate Bay was full of tasty treats.

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Back for another year, Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall Spring Fayre took over the car park at Watergate Bay on Saturday 14 March. It was a real festival of great local food and talent, with tones going on for all ages throughout the day.

First we took a look around the twenty-something food stalls and producers selling everything from local cheeses, charcuterie, fish, bread, beer and even giant meringues. The highlight for us included Da Bara Bakery ‘cruffin’ – a naughty cross between a croissant and a muffin.

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This ran alongside the Fayre’s popular Kitchen Theatre, which for 2015 was supplied by ‘Food is Fun’ promoting healthy eating in the south west of England. It provided the stage for four of Cornwall’s top chefs, including Ben Quinn from Nancarrow Farm and head chef Andy Appleton from Fifteen Cornwall.

Watergate Bay Hotel’s executive chef Neil Haydock introduced the crowd to the aromatic herb of fenugreek with his Hake Methi dish, while filling tent with wonderful smells. BBC Radio Cornwall’s Daphne Skinnard hosted the event with her usual fun banter.

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Fifteen Cornwall is managed by its own independent charity – Cornwall Food Foundation – which promotes food skills as an important life skill, and the Spring Fayre embraces this philosophy. The charity ran its own ‘Kids’ Kitchen’ with supporters and friends of the charity providing workshops and activities throughout the day for families who are visiting the event. It was great to see kids getting stuck in making their own nettle pesto.

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Hot food was served up Cornwall College, among others, including The Cornish Pizza Company, who’s delicious pizzas were cooked on an Italian stone-based oven from inside their van! Origin Coffee were on hand to keep the crowds going with their freshly roasted steaming cups of coffee.

All in all it was a great day, so don’t miss it next time!

Keep an eye out for Fifteen Cornwall’s Autumn Fayre in October.

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