Welcome from Rick Stein, Paul Ainsworth and Nathan Outlaw

A warm welcome from Rick Stein

It’s extraordinary to think that it’s the 12th anniversary of Padstow Christmas Festival. Looking back to the first one in the Seaman’s Mission and Padstow Institute, with just one or two demonstrations, to what it is now with two enormous marquees on the quayside and demonstrations by chefs from across the country, it really is a testament to the popularity of the event.

As ever, we have a fantastic line-up of chefs including Angela Hartnett, Atul Kochhar, Nigel Haworth, Clodagh McKenna, and Matt Tebbutt. I’ve been busy producing my new book, Secret France, this year, which I am very excited to be talking about at this year’s brand new literary event on Sunday at the Harbour Hotel.

The festival is one of those events where everyone seems to be in a thoroughly good mood, probably because there’s so much great food and drink on offer. The harbour seems to come alive and is a perfect venue for the four-day Christmas party.

Rick Stein

A warm welcome from Paul Ainsworth

It’s hard to believe that it has been 12 years since the first Padstow Christmas Festival. It seems like only yesterday when I was doing a demo in front of about 15 people at the social club!

It’s been a very busy year for the Ainsworth family, opening The Mariners in Rock, and Mahé – our new cookery school and chef’s table in Padstow. The festival for me, marks the start of Christmas. Padstow becomes a magical winter wonderland with a buzzing atmosphere, smiling faces, and a huge selection of Cornish produce available to buy. It’s the perfect opportunity to start stocking up on Christmas supplies, as well as the chance to see some of the UK’s best chefs in action.

We must thank, of course, the wonderful volunteers who give up so much of their time to make this festival so successful.

Paul Ainsworth


A warm welcome from Nathan Outlaw

I’ve been involved with Padstow Christmas Festival since it began and for me it now marks the beginning of the festive season.

Each year I’m amazed not only by the wealth of talented chefs it attracts, but also by the wonderful food and craft items on display. Cornwall has gained a reputation as being a ‘foodie capital’ and, when visiting the Padstow festival, it’s easy to see why. Old favourites and innovative new products (all from the South West), are here for you to enjoy. On stage, as well as established names in the world of food, it’s a great pleasure to see younger chefs, many of whom are increasingly from the South West, making their mark.  

Add that to the great atmosphere and the Christmassy welcome that Padstow offers and you can’t fail to leave in the Christmas Spirit with some new ideas and maybe a few goodies! 

Merry Christmas!

Nathan Outlaw