Raising a glass for a Taste of Scilly
This September, the Isles of Scilly will raise a glass to the very best of its local food and drink when it hosts the month-long inaugural Taste of Scilly festival.
Our freshest produce from the land and sea, served in cosy pubs, beachside cafes, homespun delis and award-winning restaurants, make the islands a foodie wonderland that represents the ultimate in slow food and low food miles. On Scilly, you not only know where your food has come from, but you can often point to the fisherman, farmer or small food producer who has supplied it.
The Taste of Scilly festival, running from 1 to 30 September, is packed with goodness. Savour the flavours of the islands’ food and drink and sample a melting pot of truly distinctive foodie experiences as local bakers, growers, brewers, fishermen, foragers and chefs come together to share their stories, passions and creativity.
Expect special island-hopping food trails, foraging walks, talks and demonstrations, wine tastings, masterclasses, crab and lobster evenings, restaurant promotions, local produce markets and beach barbecues.
Taste of Scilly will include a long weekend of gourmet events on Tresco and Bryher, including a food market and cooking demonstrations on Tresco on Saturday, 17 September. And don’t miss the chance to eat in the middle of the sea! Festival visitors will be able to make the special low-tide walk between the islands of Tresco and Bryher on Sunday, 18 September, and stop to enjoy a mid-channel pop-up seafood feast, organised by Tresco Island. There’ll be firepit-cooked mussels, a bar serving ales and bubbles, stalls selling seafood and island wares, and games including croquet and boules. You can even try your hand at digging for razor clams with local fishermen.
Zoe Parry, Events Manager for Visit Isles of Scilly, says: “We’re delighted to be hosting our first Taste of Scilly festival throughout September. There’s a lot to celebrate. Scillonian fare will get your tastebuds tingling, with freshly-caught lobster and crab, succulent duck and beef, farm-grown vegetables, squidgy tatty cake, locally-produced ice cream, chocolate and fudge, and the islands’ own wine and beer. The festival gives us a chance to share all of this with foodie fans from around the world.”
Wayne Shaw, Hospitality Manager for Tresco Island, says: “For the last few years Tresco and Bryher have been celebrating the incredible food produced, grown, reared and caught around the islands through our food festival, local produce market and sourcing for our restaurants. We’re looking forward to joining with the rest of the islands to really show off the excellent produce Scilly has to offer in this month-long celebration.”