Padstow Christmas festival competition

The Cornish town, made famous around the world by the TV chef Rick Stein, is a destination for food lovers all year round, but for four days in December it truly becomes a foodie’s heaven.

More than forty chefs from across the UK will be cooking up in the marquee on the quay at the 2015 Padstow Christmas Festival. Top names include Michael Caines, Angela Hartnett, Mitch Tonks, James Martin – the host of the BBC’s Saturday Kitchen and Cornwall’s very own Nathan Outlaw and Paul Ainsworth.
As you walk down the hill into the coastal town, nestled between it’s headlands and the river, the smell of cooking fills the air. Your senses are bombarded – overwhelmed by the rich array of aromas, and you become captivated trying to distinguish between the freshly ground coffee beans, the warm mulled wine steaming in the crisp cold air, roasting meats, fish on the griddle, creamy hot chocolate and freshly baked bread.
Alongside the foodie fun the Festival is bursting with artisans selling their crafts. As you wander through the narrow aisles there are Christmas presents, often with a Cornish origin beautifully displayed on stalls on either side. The chatter and clatter of buyers and sellers rumbles from morning until nightfall, and it only falls quiet again when the moon is high in the sky over the estuary. Amongst the festivities there are the familiar sights and sounds of old friends catching up with each other. Thousands of people and thousands of pounds pass through the Padstow Christmas Festival over the four days.

After the hustle and bustle in the marquees there’s nothing better than to retreat to the ever-warm welcome of Bin Two for a glass of my favourite Chateau Civrac. Fine wine, good company at a Cornish Christmas Festival with the sound of children’s voices singing Carols – there couldn’t be a more perfect start to Christmas 2015.

the recipes

To celebrate the festival, I have teamed up with our best local chefs and together we have matched one of their recipes to one of my wines. The recipes matched are:


Paul Ainsworth  – chateau civrac 2006

Nathan Outlaw – Chateau Civrac 2008

Andy Appleton – wild white 2013

Emily Scott – St Tudy Inn – late white 2012

James Tanner – chateau civrac 2005

Adrian Oliver – Old Mill Bistro – late white 2012

Jack Clayton – Gurnards Head – wild white 2013

Rick Toogood – Prawn on the Lawn – wild white 2014

Paul A Young fine chocolates – element

Recipes will be posted on this blog. You can receive all of these recipes by liking our facebook page and subscribing to our newsletter.

the competition

We are running a postcard competition for the festival by teaming up with the lovely people at BinTwo wine bar and coffee shop in Padstow

christmas treats competition front

Enter the competition to win a case of our selected Christmas treats. To enter, grab an entry card at the festival, fill in your name and email address and pop it into the special postbox in BinTwo. Draw takes place on 6th December. Delivery in time for Christmas. Happy!




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