2014 Beer, Mussel and Oyster Festivals
Beer and Mussel Festival, 8th-9th March at The Cornish Arms, St Merryn
Over the weekend of 8th and 9th March, celebrity sea food chef, Rick Stein and his ex wife and interior designer, Jill Stein, will host the third annual beer and mussel festival at The Cornish Arms in St Merryn near Padstow, Cornwall, where they are landlords. Over the weekend 28 Cornish and British beers and ciders will be on offer to compliment dishes such as Moules Marinière, La Mouclade and Mussels with beer with bacon. For those not so keen on sea food, one of Rick’s curry dishes from when he filmed his ‘India’ series will also be chosen.
Kicking off with beers served from 12pm and a cookery demonstration from son Jack, the weekend will include live music and a comedy programme to provide entertainment for adults and children alike. A marquee in the beer garden and beautifully designed interior of The Cornish Arms complete with log fire provide the backdrop. Free to enter, food will be from the festival menu only throughout the weekend. Already affiliated to the St Austell Brewery, the pub will serve such delights as Ruck & Roll, a dry cask conditioned amber coloured pale ale brewed specifically to celebrate the climax of the rugby season alongside Chough Brewery’s ‘Kynance’ – a crisp ale with a well rounded flavour. Ready to tickle your tastebuds are a list of ciders to accompany the beer and food menus; ranging from the medium honey coloured ‘Pickers Passion’ by artisan cider maker Hogan’s to Mr Whiteheads ‘Strawberry’.
Promising good all round entertainment, great food and a fantastic range of beers and ciders, the weekend programme culminates with a charity pub quiz and stand up comedy;
Saturday 8th March
Beers served 12pm – 11pm
12 noon – live cookery demo by Jack Stein
Mussels served 12.30pm – 8pm
12.30pm – relaxing tunes from Taz DJay
8pm – The Motown Pirates
Sunday 9th March
Beers served 11.30am – 10.30pm
Mussels served 12pm – 6pm
3pm – RBS 6 Nations Championship England vs. Wales game which will be screened live
(Reduced bar menu 6pm – 9pm)
6pm – Charity pub quiz raising funds for Children’s Hospice South West
8pm – Live comedy from Kernow King
Dogs on leads welcome.
Large on site car park
Address; Churchtown, St Merryn, Padstow, Cornwall PL28 8ND
Oyster Gathering and Seafood Harvest 28th-30th March, Flushing Quay, Falmouth
Join the local oyster fishermen on their last weekend of the season in a celebration of oysters and seafood. Take a boat trip along the Fal with local fishermen and see the last known oyster beds being harvested in a traditional way. The event aims to promote awareness of the importance of the oyster beds which have been in the area for over 400 years but may now be endangered. Local and internationally recognised chefs will be conjuring up some mouthwatering seafood specialities and a seafood market will also be offering the freshest catches during the 3 day event.
When; Friday-Sunday, 28th-30th March 2014
Where; Flushing Quay, Falmouth, Cornwall TR11 5UF (Mylor Yacht Harbour)
Extra parking available up the hill in return for an RNLI donation