Rock Oyster Festival lineup revealed

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Details have been announced for this year’s Rock Oyster Festival.

Some of the country’s leading chefs will join the likes of music acts Laura Mvula, Happy Mondays and Passenger at the food and musical festival at Dinham House from July 29-31.

The event will be hosted by Jack Stein, chef director of the Stein Restaurant Group since 2017. He said: “I am delighted to be hosting this year’s festival. It has given me this unique opportunity to gather friends who I’ve met over the years to connect and celebrate delicious food in my home county.

“The location is fantastic, overlooking the Camel Estuary and Padstow, and I’m looking forward to introducing everyone to where I grew up, how it inspired my career, while sharing hints and tips on how to best prepare the delicious local produce that Cornwall provides.”

Gizzi Erskine, TV presenter, podcaster and award winning food writer, will kick things off on Friday with a demo on the main demo stage. She will be joined by Adam Handling, head chef and owner of Ugly Butterfly, along with Great British Bake-off star Lottie Bedlow.

Saturday’s line-up includes haute-cuisine teacher and presenter Rosemary Shrager; Ready Steady Cook’s Romy Gill, MBE; and Richard Bertinet, baker and bread enthusiast.

Rick Stein will take to the stage on Sunday, sharing his passion for Cornish cuisine alongside his son, only a stone’s-throw from his flagship establishment, The Seafood Restaurant. Emily Scott, of Emily Scott Food at Watergate Bay, and Gidleigh Park’s Chris Eden, the first Cornish-born chef to hold a Michelin star in their home county, will be preparing signature dishes, too.

Chefs can be found cooking over an open fire throughout the weekend, with special appearances from Great British Menu contestants Jude Kereama and Lee Westcott.

Festival director, Roxy Bater, said: “We knew that Jack would do an excellent job at maintaining a Cornish feel to the festival whilst inviting down world-renowned restaurateurs and chefs.

“Cornwall is the home of so many incredible chefs, producers and creatives. We are excited to share their skills with audiences who love this stretch of coastline as much as we do.”