All of us were excited to be at the Royal Cornwall Show this year - to unveil our brand new look, following the launch of our rather splendid website. What better opportunity to promote ‘Great Cornish Food’, the new-look, consumer-facing side of what we do, and especially to announce the Great Cornish Food Festival in September? Big thanks to Nathan Outlaw, who took part in a book signing on Thursday morning, chatting to people about his new book, Nathan Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen.

We were the proud hosts of two social events for our members and friends on our niftily designed stand (big thanks to Wolf Rock Marketing for the cool concepts).  It was lovely to see the movers and shakers of Cornish business, culture, government, and of course our food, drink and service provider members, all rubbing shoulders and catching up over Cornish nibbles and drinks. The show has always been a chance for people to meet and chat informally, and this year was no exception – contacts were made, project ideas were formed, and better business was forged all round.

On Thursday Ruth presented a cheque for over £2,000 to the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Fund – our donation from the terrific sales of the Great Cornish Food Book to date.

BBC Radio Cornwall kindly offered a number of our members the opportunity to host demonstrations in their Live tent – thank you to Southwestern Distillery, Trewithen Dairy, Etherington’s Meats and Proper Cornish. We also featured tastings of new Cornish products on our stand throughout the show – Boost the Roost eggs from St Ewe Farm, Cornish gin from Southwestern Distillery, Get Fruity bars, Sharp’s Brewery’s award-winning pilsner and Furniss’s new mini biscuit grab bags; telling people about the products, what makes them special and where they could buy them.

Thank you to absolutely everyone who came by our stand to say hello! – among them DEFRA Minister George Eustice MP,  Sheryll Murray MP, and the team at ITV Westcountry who stopped by for a masterclass on pasty-crimping with Proper Cornish.

Massive thanks also to our members who were so generous with produce for our receptions: Philip Warren butchers, Cornish Orchards, Baker Tom’s Bread, Trewithen Dairy, Rodda’s, Lynher Dairies, Cornish Cheese Co, Davidstow, Etherington’s meats, St Ewe Free Range Eggs and Tregothnan. We had a fantastic time, and are so looking forward to next year!

Click here for a link to our gallery of photos from the show.

 

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