10 Things To Do This Weekend
FRI 22 - SUN 24 SEPT
Welcome to your weekend. Cornwall’s big food fest, feast nights, new exhibitions, gigs, yoga and more, more, more. Out you go!
Great Cornish Food Festival, Lemon Quay, Truro, Fri 22 – Sun 24 Sept
For three days, Truro’s Lemon Quay will be host to the largest event dedicated to Cornwall’s remarkable food and drink. Michelin starred chef Nathan Outlaw, will once again open the festival on Fri 22 Sept and will be doing a demonstration on the main stage of the Chef’s Theatre. Other local chefs on the line-up include Jack Stein, Adam Banks (Fifteen Cornwall), Guy Owen (Idle Rocks) and Phil & Christine Jensen (Peboryon).
Henry’s Little Big Gig, Henry’s Campsite, Lizard Village, Fri 22 – Sat 24 Sept
A fantastic live music and ale festival based at the award-winning Henry’s Campsite, on the Lizard Peninsula. The three-day family friendly festival, celebrates Cornwall’s creative talent, in music, beer making and much more. There will also be lots of workshops to get involved with (yoga, drumming, crafts, pottery and more), authentic street food and a tropical fancy dress competition.
Charlie Bowdery, Lusty Glaze Sundowner Session, Newquay, Fri 22 Sept
Lusty Glaze was named by The Times as the UK’s most picturesque place to watch live music and every Friday they host free Sundowner Sessions. There are just a couple more to go before we shift to Woodburner gigs, so book a table and enjoy some great local talent. This week, catch rising star Charlie Bowdery or drop by next Friday for indie folk singer Frozen Houses.
YolanDa Brown, Love Politics War Tour, Hall for Cornwall, Sat 23 Sept
Double MOBO award-winning YolanDa Brown is the premier female saxophonist in the UK, known for seamlessly blending jazz, soul and reggae. Her debut album, April Showers May Flowers was No1 on the iTunes and Amazon Jazz Charts. She has toured with The Temptations, Diana Krall, Courtney Pine and Billy Ocean and collaborated with artists such as Mica Paris, Reggae Legend Bob Marley’s son Julian and Jools Holland. Fresh from her critically acclaimed Reggae Love Songs Tour, YolanDa Brown will perform songs from her new album to be released in 2017, Love Politics War a fusion of reggae and jazz melodies.
Yoga Hub Fest, Coastal Valley Camp & Crafts Campsite, Porth, Sat 23 – Sun 24 Sept
Yoga Hub Fest is a not for profit event, bringing together a fantastic collection of teachers in yoga, meditation and wisdom. The festival is hosted at Muddy award-winning campsite, Coastal Valley Camp and Crafts and guests can choose from a full timetable of inspiring yoga workshops, talks, music, kirtan and silent disco yoga as well as delicious veggie food and wellbeing stalls.
Heligan Harvest, The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Sat 23 Sept – Sun 8 Oct
The two-week long harvest celebration at The Lost Gardens of Heligan begins this weekend with gardening and cooking demos from Cornish Wild Food and Philleigh Way Cookery School. There will be lots more chefs and gardeners hosting talks and workshops and also art and craft sessions throughout the event, including botanical drawing and tile-making and willow weaving. For those who just want to enjoy the fruits of Heligan’s harvest, book tickets for the feast nights, with Woodfired Canteen and Loveday’s chef, Andy Chown.
Robyn Denny and Albert Ruess Exhibitions, Newlyn Gallery & The Exchange, opening Sat 23 Sept
A new solo exhibition celebrating the work of the internationally acclaimed painter Robyn Denny opens on 23 Sept and will be presented across both Newlyn Gallery and The Exchange. The Picture Room at Newlyn Gallery will have an exhibition of paintings by Albert Reuss on show from 23 Sept too.
Cornish Gin Festival, Beer & Bird, St Ives, Sat 23 Sept, 12pm
It’s the last weekend of the St Ives September Festival and what better way to round it all off than with a few G&Ts? From Tarquin’s and Wrecking Coast to Curio and Caspyn our local gins are something to be proud of. This event is a chance to meet the distillers, sample the gins and get some expert cocktail shaking tips. The £10 entry includes one gin and tonic, gin tasters and lush canapés.
Still going strong:
Taste of Scilly Festival, Isles of Scilly, Fri 1 – Sat 30 September
Taste of Scilly, the festival that has foodies flocking to the Isles of Scilly, is back in September with a month-long celebration of the very best in food, drink and produce from the famously unspoilt archipelago. Throughout September, there’s a fresh foodie experience to savour every day, from lobster feasts to Scillonian produce markets, from beach barbecues to evening supper boats.
St Ives September Festival, Sat 9 – Sat 23 Sept
A 15-day festival in one of Cornwall’s most vibrant artistic hubs. St Ives Festival offers a mix of music, art and food, drawing culture-seeking visitors from around the country. Highlights include live music in the Barbara Hepworth Sculpture Garden, performances from John McCusker Band, Toploader and Cara Dillon at The Guildhall, Ronnie Scotts in St Ives at The Western Hotel and numerous art workshops and open studios.