With such a jam-packed programme of events there’s something for everyone at St Ives Food & Drink Festival.
We’ve scoured the programme to bring you our top ten picks of things not to miss. Remember most of our daytime content is free this year with an entrance fee only charged for the evening music sessions. See you on the beach!

Check out the pop-up art galleries in the beach huts on the right of the Porthminster beach as you look out to sea. Artists from around Cornwall will be joining us for the weekend and setting up shop in the little huts to showcase their work.

Watch top chefs cooking all weekend on the brand new Asado Fire Pit, presented by Country Fire Kitchen and sponsored by Hubbox. The Asado Fire Pit brings the thrill of authentic outdoor cooking over fire and invites top chefs to share their skills on this very different stage. Audiences will witness a wide range of techniques for cooking meat, fish and vegetables on the open fire. See the full line-ups at the Asado Fire Pit

Want to find out how to grow your own ingredients? Porthminster Café chef Mick Smith and Kitchen Gardener Polly Carter will be guiding tours around the café’s Kitchen Garden. Discover what’s growing and find out how the chefs here make use of both wild and cultivated ingredients on their doorstep in their dishes. There’s a small fee of £5 for adults and £3 for children (under 5’s free) for these tours. Meet outside Porthminster Beach Café at 1.55pm. Book Tickets.

Bringing the family? You’ll find sports coaching, beach boules, table tennis, face painting and circus workshops in the area around the putting green.

If you love live music then there are bands playing all day as well as some pretty special acts planned for the Evenings Sessions on the Lighthouse Stage, presented by Harbour Hotels. Funky Friday is all about BBC 6 Music favourites Daytoner Live and awesome DJ’s from Jelly Jazz. Saturday sees Brother Sea and the amazing live experience that is Tankus the Henge take to the stage and on Sunday it’s the turn of Cornwall’s own Queen tribute act the Good Old Fashioned Lover Boys to close the Festival in style. Get your tickets.

Go for a paddle. As we’re right down on the beach it’s easy to dip your toes in the water — or to relax on the sand with loads of awesome street food & artisan drinks stalls close by.

Take a culinary tour around Cornwall and the world on our main Chef’s Demo Stage where we’ll welcome top local, national and international chefs to the stage to share their best cooking tips and tricks. From bakers to vegan food and Indian flavours to Mediterranean there’s lots to see — and of course there’ll be plenty of seafood, too. Find the full line up here.

Drop in and marvel at local artist Tim Hall’s live portrait painting demonstration in our Made in St Ives venue on Saturday from 10am – 2pm.

Stop by our artisan market where you can chat to local traders and sample their products and before stocking up for lunch and for the week! Browse a full list of our traders here.

Join local forager Josh Quick of Wild St Ives for a free talk about identifying, sustainably harvesting and using foraged ingredients at 3pm daily in our Made in St Ives Venue. Afterwards, you can opt to join him on a walk of some beautiful locations in the local area to put your learning into practice. Tickets for the walking tour are £10/ £5 for children and can be booked here.