St Ives Food & Drink Festival

Various locations, St Ives, Cornwall

Fast turning into the foodie Mecca of Cornwall's wild west, St Ives deserves to be a destination on every gastronome's list. Whatever time of year you visit, expect stylish seafront dining and menus crammed with produce plucked from the ocean and countryside flanking this artists' and fishing town turned chic seaside resort. But come here for the annual Food and Drink Festival and you'll be intoxicated by a heady mix of local flavours and lively celebrations. Dig your toes in the sand and bite into mackerel fresh from the barbecue, or dine on oysters and champagne in the best waterfront restaurants. From wine tastings to local market stalls and sandcastle competitions, there is something for every taste and age. Of course, you can't leave town without sampling a local ice cream on the beach (my favourite is Moomaid, made nearby in Zennor); just beware of swooping seagulls that can snatch it straight from the cone with military precision.

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