This Week’s Muddy Guide: Thurs 2 – Wed 8 Mar
This weekend couldn’t get more brilliantly Cornish if it tried. First up is the World Pasty Championships at Eden, followed by St Piran’s Day celebrations across the county on Sunday. It’s also World Book Day this week, so you could just grab a pasty and a copy of Poldark and hunker down!
A Plastic Ocean, Film Premiere, Brannel School Community Cinema, St Austell, Fri 3 Mar
Award-winning producer, Jo Ruxton joined an expedition to the so-called Great Pacific Garbage Patch in the North Pacific Gyre, 1500 miles off the coast of San Francisco, to ascertain its impact. When the expedition discovered free-floating microplastics instead of an anticipated solid mass that could be contained, Jo knew she had to make this film. Plastic Ocean is a new feature-length adventure documentary that brings to light the consequences of our global disposable lifestyle. The ticket price for this exclusive screening includes a welcome drink and Q & A session with Jo following the film.
World Pasty Championships, Sat 4 Mar
The ultimate Cornish bake off! The sixth annual World Pasty Championships return to The Eden Project this Saturday. Entries are invited from around the world, from pro and amateur bakers alike and there will be live music and comedy from Kernow King, folk star Kathryn Williams (performing with Michele Stodart of The Magic Numbers) and Port Isaac shanty singers, Fisherman’s Friends.
Star Gazing, Trerice, Newquay, Sat 4 Mar
Learn about our universe while taking in the night skies above this Elizabethan manor house and gardens – one of Cornwall’s beautiful National Trust properties. Star gazing experts Kernow Astronomers are putting on displays, films, talks and telescopes to help you understand what you’re looking out. Fingers crossed for a clear night.
St Piran’s Day, Sun 5 Mar
There will be celebrations big (Heartlands/ Redruth and Penzance) and small (see posters in your village) across the county to celebrate St Piran, the patron saint of Cornwall this Sunday. Legend has it Piran was cast to sea tied to a Millstone, by order of the Irish king. He miraculously survived and floated to Cornwall, where he settled and accidentally discovered tin, when a black stone in his fireplace got so hot it leaked white liquid (the basis for the Cornish flag).
For details on all the parades, Trelawney Shouts, Nos Lowens, Hevas and Furrys (huh?) – follow the link below, Cornwall 365 has done a handy round up.
Borders Exhibition, Newlyn Society of Artists, Tremenheere Gallery, Sun 5 – Sun 26 Mar
Borders is the second exhibition to be held in the beautiful new gallery space at Tremenheere and the first to be born of its new partnership with the Newlyn Society of Artists. The work on show spans the range of contemporary media, including painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, video/digital imagery and performance and is the members’ response to the broad theme of Borders.
Cooking For Our Own, The Mariners, Rock, Sun 5 Mar
If there are tickets left (and I can’t guarantee it), snap them up quick – go, go, go! Guests at this fundraiser lunch feast will be treated to three dishes apiece from stellar Cornish chefs, Nathan Outlaw, Tom Adams, Tim Barnes and Zack Hawke, with a selection of Sharps beers to match. Tickets are priced at £35 and whether you go or not, grab a £5 raffle ticket – prizes include meals and overnighters at some of Cornwall’s best hotels and eateries. The event is raising money for Hospitality Action an organisation that offers vital assistance to those who work or have worked in hospitality in the UK and find themselves in crisis.
Call 01208 863 679 to book a table and buy raffle tickets here.
BOOK NOW: Foodie Dates For Your Diary, March (and a bit of April too)
Cornwall’s best feast nights, supper clubs, themed events, tasting menus and special offers aren’t always easy to find out about and often sell out fast. Luckily, our friends at Barefoot Cornwall put together a brilliant Foodie Diary, so you can plan ahead and get excited about scoffing your way through the coming months. I’m most tempted by Ben Quinn’s wood-fired feast at The Lost Gardens of Heligan, the second of The Great Food Fight at The Rosevine, Nancarrow’s Farm Feasts and the Wild Cornwall Wine Supper at The Gurnard’s Head.