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 across the islands.
This year's Taste of Scilly programme, which has just been released online, is packed with events sharing the unique low-food miles, slow-food culture of the famously unspoilt archipelago, 28 miles off the coast of Cornwall.
The festival takes place form 1st - 30th of September and throughout the month, there’s a fresh foodie experience to savour every day, from lobster feasts to Scillonian produce markets, from beach barbecues to pasty-making workshops, from evening supper boats to Taste of Scilly cocktails and cream teas.
Following the success of last year’s inaugural festival, local bakers, brewers, chefs, farmers, fishermen and food and drink producers will come together again to share their stories, passions and creativity.
There’ll be tours of small working farms, with farmers and their families showcasing their produce, and revealing what it takes to build a successful artisan food business on the islands. Local chefs will demonstrate how to bake the perfect scone, make a mouthwatering pasty, and pick and preserve herbs. There’ll be wine tastings at Scilly’s two vineyards, and tours of micro-brewery Ales of Scilly.
The festival programme also includes: food pop-ups in well-chosen spots around Tresco; sizzling Scilly beach barbecues at Karma St. Martin’s; prosecco brunches at Tanglewood Kitchen; and lobster nights at the new Longstone Cafe on St. Mary’s. Plus, the Star Castle Hotel and Juliet’s Garden Restaurant & Bar will be hosting special five-course tasting dinners.
On Bryher, there will be paella takeaways from Island Fish, and Bryher crab, mussels and scallops served in Portuguese cataplanas at seasonal pop-up the Crab Shack.
Visitors and local alike can also sample the best of the island’s locally-produced food at the Bryher Food Festival, including hot lobster, paella and pulled pork, and homemade jam, fudge and cakes.
Don’t miss the three-day Beer, Cider, Gin and Rum Festival at the Seven Stones Inn on St. Martin’s, too, a showcase of drinks produced across the islands with a Taste of Scilly menu to match.
David Jackson, Executive Director of the Islands' Partnership said: “We’re really looking forward to our second Taste of Scilly festival. On Scilly you’re never far from fresh produce and refreshment: freshly-caught seafood, farm-grown vegetables, homemade ice cream and fudge, and the islands’ own wine and beer. In September, we’ll be celebrating all of the good things that are produced, reared and prepared here, as well as our most distinctive eateries.”
You can find further details and the full Taste of Scilly programme for 2017 here.
Zoe was joined on the phone by David Jackson, Executive Director of the Islands Partnership for this week's update to tell us more about Taste of Scilly 2017, the upcoming bank holiday weekend and much more. Have a listen below...