Foodie's diary: May in Cornwall

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A round-up of the exciting and mouth watering happenings on Cornwall's food scene from our friends at Barefoot Cornwall

Cornish Asparagus at its best
Asparagus season in Cornwall runs from mid April until the end of June. With chefs racing to be the first to serve it on their menus, don’t miss out on this local delicacy. Cut by hand and often delivered to restaurants within hours of harvest, Cornish asparagus is thought to be some of the best in the country.

Available direct from the growers, from farm shops and farmers’ markets, you should also try cooking some at home. The sweet, tender spears are best simply steamed and drizzled with melted butter.

For more cooking ideas, a recipe by Paul Ainsworth from The New West Country Cook Book, and a directory of growers, see our asparagus blog.

Knock your socks off at Camel Valley
In celebration of English Wine Week 2014, Camel Valley Vineyard is hosting a special event on Sunday 25 May. The evening kicks off at 7pm with a tour of the vineyard by Camel Valley founder, Bob Lindo, followed by a visit to the winery with his son Sam Lindo, who has been awarded the title of UK Winemaker of the Year three times.

With a comprehensive tasting of award winning Camel Valley wines, Rugby World Cup winner Josh Lewsey will then introduce the Knock Your Socks Off paella, cooked by Lee Lake of Lewsey Lou‘s, using locally caught fish, prawns, mussels, scallops and chunks of lobster tails. Booking essential.

WHEN: 7pm, Sunday 25 May
WHERE: Camel Valley, Nanstallon, Bodmin, PL30 5LG
COST: £35 per person
BOOKINGS: Phone 01208 77959 or book online.

New menu for Rojano's in the square
With manager Paul Dodd taking up the reins in the kitchen as head chef, Paul Ainsworth‘s Italian-inspired restaurant, Rojano’s in the Square in Padstow, has launched a brand new menu. Alongside authentic pizzas (the best outside Italy, according to Heston Blumenthal) and pasta dishes (how about linguine with tiger prawns and Cornish crab?), you can now order from the new Cornish meat and Nibbles sections.

On the grill, choose from a Burger Italiano (made with Philip Warren‘s finest beef and served with gorgonzola, crisp spinata, lettuce, pickles and chutney, in a clotted cream bun – yum) or a Red Ruby short pulled rib burger made with pulled braised beef and served with a red onion jam; or a BLT Cornish hot dog: a glazed clotted cream bun containing a Kernow Sausage Co hot dog, bacon, lettuce, tomato and Doom Bar battered onion rings.

WHERE: 9 Mill Square, Padstow, PL28 8AE
RESERVATIONS: Please phone 01841 532 796 to book a table. (Lunchtime reservations only for parties of 6 people or more.)

New look at New Yard Restaurant at Trelowarren
The beautiful New Yard Restaurant, set within the tranquil grounds of Trelowarren Estate, near Helston, has undergone a revamp. Now boasting comfy sofas and two, yes two, fireplaces for you to settle down in front of with the newspapers, the new interior is both stylish and comfortable, just the kind of place you’d be happy to while away the hours, eating and drinking.

Head chef Max Wilson’s menu reflects the best in local, seasonal produce, with the freshest fish from local day boats and game from the 1,000 acre estate, which has been in the Vyvyan family for 600 years. Who could resist mouthwatering dishes such as Falmouth mackerel with tabouli, garlic and roasted beetroot or a Côte de Boeuf, and finishing off with Earl Grey brûlée and madeleines with chocolate and lavender sorbet, or a nutmeg and custard tart with rhubarb compote and rhubarb sorbet.

Pop in for coffee and cakes in the morning or one of Freddie’s cocktails by night. Children are welcome in the restaurant and on Sunday evenings try their pizzas from the wood fired oven. Combine your visit with a woodland walk around the estate, all of which start and finish in The Stable Yard.

WHERE: Trelowarren, Mawgan, Helston, TR12 6AF
RESERVATIONS: Tel 01326 221595

Don't wake the fish at Gurnard's Head
The Gurnard’s Head‘s 2014 Real Ale and Music festival Don’t Wake the Fish will take place over the weekend of 24 and 25 May. Now in its third year, this celebration of Cornish brewing brings together breweries and musicians, as well as local artisans, in the Gurnard’s Head’s garden overlooking both sea and moor.

The Posh Pasty Co and The Cornish Pizza Company will be serving food alongside The Gurnard’s Head’s own barbecue. Thirty beers on tap, a cider bar and further liquid refreshments from Polgoon should ensure you don’t go thirsty.

The circus tent will host Cornish musicians throughout the weekend, including Black Friday and The 50 Degrees Choir, plus there will be face painting, garden games, pot throwing and morris dancers to keep the whole family entertained.

WHEN: 24 and 25 May 2014
WHERE: The Gurnard’s Head, Treen TR26 3DE
COST: Free entry
CAMPING: Available nearby for £5 per person for the weekend.
CONTACT: Email for more information.

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Source: This is an edited version of a blog written by Ellie Michell from Barefoot Media. Ellie scours the region for all the exciting and mouth watering news and events to share in a monthly update on Cornwall's food scene for Barefoot Cornwall. See the full blog here.