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.
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
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
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!