Last weekend we enjoyed the very first Tresco & Bryher Food and Drink Festival. Spread out over the weekend, the first day of the festival was on Tresco. The event kicked off with a series of stalls in Smith Square by Tresco Stores. Stalls included tender Tresco Beef tastings with Paul and Julie Christopher, refreshing Ales of Scilly samples with Mark Praeger, tasty Cornish cheeses with Helen Venning, luxurious Troytown Dairy ice cream with Sam Hicks, spectacular Daisy Cupcakes with Alison and Andrew Goddard and superb Bryher Shellfish with the Penders of Bryher with three generations of the family in attendance!
A wine masterclass from top international winemakers, Jeff Clarke and Ian Riggs was heavily oversubscribed at the Flying Boat Club, followed by a Tresco Beef Menu for lunch at theNew Inn. Jollity continued in the afternoon with a range of workshops and demonstrations by the talented Daisy Cupcake, while at the Ruin Beach Café, Chef Peter Marshall was inundated by would-be focaccia makers learning from a master, Jaclyn Smith mixed up a storm with the Trescotini cocktail and the winemakers put in another stint with a wine-tasting.
The day was brought to a close with a splendid gourmet dinner at the Flying Boat Club as eight chefs produced a gourmand banquet of six courses, with wines paired to each course by our visiting wine gurus. Each course was a triumph and the chefs were given a standing ovation at the dinner’s close.
Sunday saw the festival move to the neighbouring island of Bryher, where proceedings were taking place at the Community Centre. Samson Hill had brunch demonstrations and homemade croissants, Fraggle Rock had everything from excellent homemade lemonade and sandwiches to first-class ales, Vine Café’s sumptuous cakes, Maggie Tucker’s excellent jams and chutneys…so it went on. Bryher Shop showed a cosmopolitan edge with some authentic Mexican delicacies (pulled pork tacos and churros with chocolate sauce) while Hell Bay went Italian offering demonstrations making ravioli, with a variety of Bryher egg, squid ink and lobster pastas.
The weekend was a great success, showing off some of the best local produce that the islands’ have to offer. The festival also was given a proper island vibe by the low tides, which allowed visitors to walk between Tresco and Bryher to take part in events. Roll on the Tresco & Bryher Food and Drink Festival 2013!