2018 St Ives Food and Drink Festival proved to be a real triumph

This year’s event was a real triumph with a fantastic mix of food, drink and music on offer. Despite some changeable weather at times, we welcomed thousands of people to the beach and there really was a fantastic atmosphere throughout the three days.

Thank you to everyone who helped to make it a success and reaffirm St Ives Food and Drink Festival as a highlight in the region’s culinary calendar.

A selection of top celebrity and home-grown Cornish chefs took to the chef demo stage, with large crowds watching MasterChef winner Jane Devonshire, Michelin Star chef Simon Hulstone and the renowned Romy Gill and Helen Goh.

An artisan food and drink market and traders offering delicious food, also helped to satisfy the appetites of the thousands of people who visited the beach while they enjoyed music from local performers alongside a number of well-known artists.

The chef demos were once again a real draw for the crowds and we were proud to showcase the best produce on offer right on our doorstep. The festival was a real celebration of all that is great and vibrant about our region’s food and drink industry.

The dates have already been set for next year, and the festival will be held on Porthminster Beach on Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th May

Damian Sargent, St Ives Food and Drink Festival founder

Gracing the Chef Stage were on first row, left to right: MasterChef winner, Jane Devonshire; Stephane Delourme; Henrietta Inman and Helen Goh. Second row, left to right: Tom Brown; Fraser Bruce; Ben Ambridge and Simon Allot. Third row, left to right: Romy Gill MBE; Simon Hulstone; Ben Tunnicliffe and Mick Smith. Fourth row, left to right: Aine Carlin; Jude Kereama; Rosie Birkett and Adam Banks.

2019 promises an exciting line up

We want 2019 to be our biggest festival yet with plenty of activity and audience engagement. The festival will include:

  • Fantastic demonstrations from nationally renowned celebrity chefs to our own local superstars
  • The very best artisan traders with high quality food & drink producers
  • Music performances by local & regional artists including an evening session on Saturday night
  • Headliners for the Saturday Evening Session
  • Enhanced marketing plan with a focus on social media & local marketing
  • Food trail in & around St Ives starting the week of the festival
  • Children’s play area
  • Water sports activities

The festival will be held for 2 days on Porthminster Beach on May 11th & 12th 2019

Over sixty stands showcase local products including wine, cider, beer, chocolate, cheese, meat, chutneys and bread. Visitors can also purchase delicious freshly-cooked hot food to enjoy on the beach. There is also live music and entertainment, with plenty of activities for children. We work with the very best local businesses to deliver the best food and drink festival every year.

For Sponsorship and Traders please contact: roxy@arclive.co.uk

For General Enquiries please contact: carl@stivesbid.co.uk

A big thank you to all the sponsors of the 2018 St Ives Food and Drink Festival

We care about our environment 

St Ives Food & Drink Festival is committed to our town and our beach site and we seek to manage and mitigate the negative impacts on our environment. We commit to ensuring recycling provision across the site, reducing plastic usage as much as possible, developing sustainable travel options, collaborating with like minded people and suppliers, and working with Cornish suppliers, businesses and producers. We seek to maximise the opportunities to create positive impact in the town and for our communities including involvement from local food & drink producers and suppliers, partnerships with local chefs and restaurants, promotion of the town as a whole, skills development opportunities for young people and performance opportunities for community groups.