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A Truro Food Festival round-up from Hospitality Table Cornwall

Hospitality Table Cornwall was delighted to attend and support Truro Food Festival alongside a range of Cornish hospitality businesses who all came together to celebrate the best of Cornish hospitality with food stalls, business support, food demos, inspirational talks and of course live music.

One of our passions is to inspire people into joining our industry no matter what their age or experience, so seeing a footfall with such variety celebrating our industry, buying local and joining in the food-fest-fun topped off a fantastic first year for Truro Food Festival.

Hospitality Table Cornwall was proud to support and organise the ‘Inspirational Women in Hospitality’ segment across the three days on the Boscawen Stage. Alongside Frankie Thomas Marketing, we spoke to Karen Baxter, General Manager of Tresanton, Elly Owen, Group Sommelier of Paul Ainsworth’s No6 and Michelle Brown, Head of People and Development at The Headland Hotel. All shared their journeys into the industry, who inspired them along the way, their challenges and achievements and the drive behind their success. The segment supports the ‘Women in Hospitality’ article that the project released last year.

Elly Owen also joined Hospitality Table Cornwall’s ESF Curriculum Designer and Developer Tony Duce who is also a Lecturer and Assessor at Truro and Penwith College on the Chef’s Theatre stage.

If you visited the Chef’s Stage at 11am on Saturday, you will have noticed Tony and two of his St Austell Brewery Apprentices celebrating Cornish duck, which was the inspiration behind the dish. He was supported by Elly and her Apprentice from Paul Ainsworth’s No6 who were matching wines with different aspects of the dish.

“For the demo, we wanted to ensure our ingredients were local, seasonal, and had very little waste. By doing this, we prepared whole Terras ducks from The Cornish Duck Co and used all aspects of animal to optimise the dish. The unique Terras duck breed is completely free range and The Cornish Duck Co allow them to grow slowly without the need for chemical interference.

Elly and her Apprentice from No6 matched wines with the dish to ensure complimentary flavours and an enhanced experience when completing this beautiful dish.

I work with Apprentices across the board, and while showcasing Cornish produce and skills on the stage, we also wanted to showcase the talent our Apprentices bring to the industry. It’s rewarding to see the passion and skills developed when working with talented people and we were very grateful to have them on the stage at the Truro Food Festival,” Tony Duce said.

The Chef’s Theatre stage which was presented by St Austell Brewery, had a variety of Chefs cooking up a storm for the audience including the likes of Romy Hardeep Gill MBE, Kate Attlee, Ben Harmer from Penrose Kitchen and Jamie Coleman from The Beach at Bude.

Hospitality Table Cornwall had a stand in the Cornish Food Hall, which allowed people to find out more about the project, get involved and get inspired about hospitality. Businesses we able to talk to our Skills Brokers Fiona Williams and Mark Lewin, alongside our Project Coordinator Kate Poole and Curriculum Designer/ Developers Hannah Dome, Suzanne Croft, Tony Duce and David Williams. Skills Broker Mark Lewin was also on BBC Radio Cornwall on Friday afternoon with Debbie McCrory to chat about the project live from the Truro Food Festival – if you missed it, you can replay it here.

A huge thank you to Truro Food Festival for organising the event and for everyone’s support – we had a fantastic three days and it was incredible to celebrate Cornish hospitality alongside fantastic businesses, inspirational people and a brilliant community.