It’s hard to believe it’s 11 years since Padstow’s first Christmas festival. My goodness, how it’s grown since those early days.
The festival has become the go-to event for some of the country’s most talented and celebrated chefs, who give up their time – free of charge – to take part. Along with the creme of our homegrown West Country talent, they inspire us with cooking demonstrations and share their top tips in the Sharp’s Chefs’ Theatre and on the Festival Stage throughout the festival.
This year’s line-up reads like a culinary Who’s Who, and includes Nieves Barragán Mohacho, Phil Vickery, Jack Stein, Brian Turner, Angela Hartnett, Tom Parker Bowles, Matthew Fort, Reza Mahammad, and Channel 4’s Million Pound Menu judge, Atul Kochhar. We’re so grateful to everyone for their unwavering support and generosity, particularly Rick Stein, Paul Ainsworth, and Nathan Outlaw who have championed the event since the outset.
With the countdown to Christmas well underway, Padstow’s a one-stop shop for all of your festive purchases. Head to the Christmas marquee and indulge in the huge array of locally-produced food and drink, crafts and artwork. It’s a celebration of the great things the West Country has to offer. Don’t forget to make a beeline into the town itself and enjoy its diverse collection of shops, boutiques, galleries, pubs and restaurants.
And don’t leave without buying your copy of the Padstow Festival Cookbook, packed with nearly 60 delicious recipes, and a chapter on beer and food pairings penned by Sharp’s Brewery’s beer sommelier, Ed Hughes. Priced at £12, the books are available to buy at selected locations around Padstow, by mail order from the town’s Tourist Information Centre, and, of course, here at the festival. They’re a great stocking filler – and all the proceeds go towards funding the festival, so it’s all in a good cause.
I hope you enjoy the festival as much as we enjoy organising it.
Best wishes and a very merry Christmas to all!