Published April 27th, 2022
|A north Cornwall food and music festival has released its full food line-up and programme, which consists of exclusive, chef-led masterclasses and barbecue feasts.
Jack Stein, chef director of the Stein Restaurant Group, has curated the line-up for Rock Oyster Festival, 29 to 31 July, bringing together an unparalleled food and drink programme for the event.
The chef will be joined throughout the weekend by household names including Rick Stein, Rosemary Shrager and Gizzi Erskine, as well as award-winning chefs Adam Handling, Neil Rankin, Richard Bertinet, Emily Scott and Romy Gill and many more.
Recently revealed masterclasses will allow participants to learn from experts in the field, as well as getting involved with the preparation, cooking and tasting of top chefs’ signature dishes.
Each day the festival will host a beach barbecue like no other. Hosted by Ross Geach and a guest chef, this meats, beats, and food for all the family event will include a main from Padstow Kitchen Garden’s very own head grower and owner, along with a plant-based starter from Neil Rankin on Friday, a fish dish from Jack Stein on Saturday, and a sustainability-themed plate from Tom Hunt on Sunday.
Jack said: “This year’s programme is immense. We have created new, unique content for festival-goers, who will be able to experience the best of what Cornwall has to offer.
“From preparing freshly caught fish, to feasts overlooking the Camel Estuary, we want everyone to feel inspired by the food and drink we’re so passionate about. Not only will there be chef demos, music and coastal activities, but attendees will also be able to take away practical skills that they can use in everyday life. We’re sure it will make for a truly memorable weekend.”
Masterclasses begin on Friday, when festival-goers can learn about foraging for Cornish edibles with Porthminster Beach Cafe’s own Mick Smith, who will be providing signed copies of his cookbook. Attendees have the chance to prepare Singapore’s national dish, Singaporean crab, whilst finding out about the unique spices involved with ‘the modern chef’ Elizabeth Haigh. Additionally, attendees can mix together an evening tipple with Sharp’s Cold River Cider, 8Track Rum or Tarquin’s Gin.
On Saturday, visitors can master how to prepare a whole fish with Michelin-starred chef Lee Westcott, or discover how to make an easy and sustainable lobster pasta dish with Great British Menu finalist Adam Handling. For dessert, Lottie Bedlow from 2020’s Great British Bake-Off will be sharing her wisdom on making the ultimate chocolate cake.
Bread and baking genius Richard Bertinet will be giving tips on confidently working with dough, and Kathy Slack will be discussing the fundamentals of sewing and growing garden vegetables, before making ‘English summer rolls’. Curing and smoking expert Steven Lamb will explain how to make the most out of a cut of meat, and St Kew Inn’s Andrew Tuck will bring attendees along on a search for the best wild foods on the Cornish coastline, before sharing how to cook them over an open flame.
Chef demos and pop-up restaurants
Headlining celebrity chefs include Gizzi Erskine, Rosemary Shrager, Rick Stein, and Emily Scott, who will be hosting cookery demonstrations throughout the weekend.
Attendees can additionally experience intimate pop-ups in the Chef Tipis from some of the UK’s top restaurants, including Rick Stein, Prawn on the Lawn, Ugly Butterfly, St Kew Inn and Ranger’s Oysters.
Music, wellbeing and adventure
Chefs will be joined by internationally recognised musicians Laura Mvula, Happy Mondays, Passenger, Gentleman’s Dub Club, Grandmaster Flash, Huey Morgan DJ Set, Rae Morris, and many more.
Scenic coastal and family wellbeing activities including SUP and aerial yoga, coasteering, surfing, sea kayaking, belly board painting, spa massages and much more can be booked for visitors who want to make the most of the idyllic location.
Spread the cost of your ticket
Adult weekend camping tickets start at £129 + booking fee with an option to secure a ticket for a deposit of just £25, and ticket holders can pay the rest later.
Both masterclasses and feasts are very limited and must be booked in advance to avoid disappointment, and tickets range from £5 to £30 in price.
For more information on the festival and latest updates, head over to the website: https://www.rockoysterfestival.co.uk/.