British Food Fortnight from a Cornish perspective

Why you should Vote for Cornwall if you love good food. Just click here if you do 😉

I’m not a calorie counter or careful about what I eat. If I’m happy, I eat. If I’m bored I eat… but eating for the sake of it, on any old rubbish that comes to hand makes me desperately unhappy.

I like dollops of Cornish clotted cream on my puddings, in my cooking and sometimes – my guilty secret – I’ll take scoops of it on a spoon and eat it straight from the fridge. In the winter, nothing’s better than a warm Cornish pasty to warm my hands or hot toasted Saffron cake with lashings of yellow churned Cornish butter.

I eat fish whenever I eat out in a Cornish restaurant by the sea, or cook it at home fresh quickly fried in a pan. I’ll buy local Cornish food in preference every time over any alternative and since there is so much to try, my waistline is growing in appreciation of this good stuff. However, I’m generally a pretty mellow, laid back sort . Happy from the inside out.

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the British Food Fortnight there is a sizzling campaign raging across the county to get us to vote for our favourite food location.

If Cornwall wins it will be good for everyone. The recognition will help to put Cornwall in the national spotlight for the food and drink we produce. It will help the small food producer, the farmers and fishermen. It will support our chefs, our restaurants and hotels and jobs in related industries for local people. It’ll also be something else to look forward to – the fantastic food – next time you come to Cornwall.

Currently the prize is being hotly contested between Lincolnshire and Cornwall, although Hampshire is not far behind and voting will close on 11th September.

So what has Lincolnshire got? Some sausages and other pork products we think.  Does that fairly compare to the wealth of food produced in Cornwall? I don’t think so, yet Lincolnshire folk are voting enthusiastically in their thousands to win. In contrast, only a relatively small foodie minority is pushing the ‘Love Cornish Food’ campaign, albeit with valiant effort.  If Cornwall’s to win it’ll only be with concentrated support from all quarters.

Does Cornwall deserve to win as Britain’s Favourite Food Spot? Cornwall Food & Drink think so.

Let’s examine the reasons: Cornish clotted cream and the traditional Cornish pasty are now protected as unique to this region as Champagne is to its. On the other hand, Lincolnshire is the largest potato, wheat, poultry and cereal producer in the UK, and undoubtedly has a fine agricultural tradition. But does being the largest producer put them in danger of quantity over quality?

In Cornwall, we get the freshest fish straight from the sea all around us; the best meat, the most delicious dairy produce and the sweetest fruit and vegetables that benefit from the longest daylight hours, lush grass and one of the mildest climates in the UK. In turn, this fine fresh produce attracts some of the best artisan producers who do amazing things with it. Cornwall produces a greater variety, superb quality and is about freshness and pure deliciousness.

Cornwall has a hugely growing reputation for food and drink across the UK and in Europe. Food lovers come to Cornwall for gastro tours and Britain’s best chefs, from both inside and outside Cornwall, clamour to get their hands on this booty, although perhaps living in Cornwall we’re in danger of taking what we have here for granted.

To pass on the Love Cornish Food message and encourage other people to VOTE FOR CORNWALL add your reason why you #LoveCornishFood…

Just add a comment, tweet you reason with the #LoveCornishFood hash tag or put something on the Love Cornish Food Facebook page.

Feel free to talk about your own food product, restaurant, cafe or food business if you wish; or you can add a link to you favourite food spot in Cornwall; or simply sum up in one sentence why you love Cornish Food.

Let’s get the message out there. Vote Love Cornish Food. 

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