Taste of Scilly

 

The Taste of Scilly festival is back with a month-long celebration throughout September. Tuck into our unique low-food miles, slow-food culture of the famously unspoilt archipelago and enjoy a fresh foodie experience to savour every day: from lobster feasts to Scillonian produce markets, from beach barbecues to pasty-making workshops, from evening supper boats to Taste of Scilly cocktails and cream teas.

Local bakers, brewers, chefs, farmers, fishermen and food and drink producers will once again come together to share their stories, passions and creativity. There’ll be tours of small working farms, with farmers and their families revealing what it takes to build a successful artisan food business on the islands. Local chefs will demonstrate how to bake the perfect scone, make a mouthwatering pasty, and pick and preserve herbs.

Look out, too, for food pop-ups around Tresco, sizzling Scilly beach barbecues at Karma St. Martin’s, and special five-course tasting dinners at the Star Castle Hotel and Juliet’s Garden Restaurant & Bar. Sample hot lobster, paella and pulled pork at the Bryher Food Festival, and don’t miss the three-day Beer, Cider, Gin and Rum Festival at the Seven Stones Inn on St. Martin’s.

Browse the listings below to see what's on, or for a full chronological list download the programme here.

To book, click on the event of your choice and follow the instructions. (Many events and experiences need to be booked directly, but if you have any questions, please call the Tourist Information Centre on 01720 424031.) 

Why not find out more about Scilly's local producers here?

 

 

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Ducks

Salakee Farm Tour

St. Mary's

Friday 15th September
Thursday 21st September

Tour the farm, run by Kylie and Dave, meet the free-range Salakee ducks, and discover why it’s been such a quacking success. And enjoy a taster to finish.

Island Produce

Scillonian Produce Market

St. Mary's

Thursday 7th September

Come and sample delicious local produce at this special Scillonian Produce Market. There will be a wealth of wonderful island goodies on show to peruse, taste and purchase.

Polreath Tea Room

How to make the Perfect Scone

St. Martin's

3pm Wednesday 6th September 

Watch a master scone maker at Polreath Tea Room make and bake some perfect scones. Then taste test for yourself and enjoy a delicious cream tea.

Old Town Café

Rob's Pasty Masterclass

St. Mary's

Wednesday 6th September
Wednesday 13th September
Wednesday 20th September
Wednesday 27th September

Make and bake your own pasties under the expert eye of pasty-making maestro, Rob Greenlaw.     

St. Martin’s Vineyard wines

Wine Tasting at St. Martin's Vineyard

St. Martin's

Wednesday 13th September

Celebrate more than 20 years of operations with Val & Graham Thomas. Tour the vines, view the winery and discover how their unique wines are created.

Taste of Scilly

Hillside Farm Tour

Bryher

Sunday 3rd September 
Wednesday 13th September
Wednesday 27th September

Head to Bryher and to Hillside Farm where owners Graham and Ruth Eggins will show you around their traditional working island farm. Meet the cutie Saddleback pigs, chickens and North Devon cows, see the island-grown fruit and veg, and take away a Bryher banger or two.

Juliet's Garden

Juliet's Taste of Scilly

St. Mary's

Friday 22nd September

Head for the terraces of the awarding-winning Juliet’s Garden Restaurant & Bar for delicious five-course Taste of Scilly taster menu, designed and cooked by head chef Andrew O’Connor.

Karma at night

Karma Quiz Night

St. Martin's

Wednesday 6th September
Wednesday 13th September
Wednesday 20th September
Wednesday 27th September

Head to St. Martin’s for the Karma Quiz Night. Test your knowledge of the islands, past and present. Also includes a Taste of Scilly round.

Becky's Scilly Cakes

Becky's Scilly Cupcake Bake Off

St. Mary's

Saturday 30th September

Calling all Scilly children to put their baking skills to the test! Your task? To create 6 near identical cupcakes for judging. The only rule is that they shout “Scilly”!

Throughout the month

Head down to Becky's Scilly Cakes and check out her Taste of Scilly Cake of the Week!

Apple pressing

Apple Pressing at St. Martin's Vineyard

St. Martin's

Monday 18th September

Come and have a go at traditional apple pressing at St. Martin’s Vineyard. Learn all about the process of making apple juice with owners Val and Graham Thomas, and then you can have a taste of your labours!

The Bishop & Wolf

Taste of Scilly Quiz night

St. Mary's

Monday 4th September
Monday 11th September
Monday 18th September
Monday 25th September 

Think you know Scilly? Know your local produce?  Then pit your wits against some of the islands’ best brains at the Bishop & Wolf Quiz night, with special Taste of Scilly round! Teams of up to 4 players.

Island Fish Lobster

Paella Cook up

Bryher

Thursday 7th September
Thursday 14th September
Thursday 21st September
Thursday 28th September

Tuck into a tasty paella takeaway from Island Fish on Bryher. Packed with local lobster, mussels, prawns and wet fish caught locally in Scilly’s waters. 

Cows on St. Martin's

Churchtown Farm Walk

St. Martin's

Monday 11th September

Take a guided farm walk with Zoe Julian, meet her handsome herd of beef cattle and learn how they assist with maintaining St. Martin’s special landscape. Enjoy 10% discount on their beef throughout September - mention Taste of Scilly

Porthcressa beach

Surf & Turf pop-up BBQ

St. Mary's

Saturday 9th September
Saturday 23rd September

Work up an appetite for this delicious “Surf & Turf” pop up BBQ and Salad Bar hosted by Tanglewood Kitchen.  Local produce all the way, including local ales.

A meal at the Seven Stones Inn

Beer, Cider, Gin & Rum Festival

St. Martin's

Friday 15th - Sunday 17th September

A showcase of Scillonian drinks produced around the islands (supplemented with a few from Cornwall!) with a Taste of Scilly weekend menu to match!