All things Cornish were a big hit at this year’s Festival Interceltique in Lorient, Brittany.
Cornish food and drink, music, dancing and art all made a big impression on festival goers and exhibitors alike, while the tourism offer of Cornwall also proved popular with the visitors to the stand.
The local daily newspaper, Le Telegramme, described the Cornish Pasty as “the revelation of the festival”. The pasties were made by Trevithick Bakery and were served up by catering company Downright Delicious, along with beer from Penryn’s Rebel Brewing Company and St Ives Cider.
Trewithen Dairy clotted cream and milk was also available, along with Boddington’s Berries strawberry jam and scones from the Cornwall Mill and Bakehouse.
Alongside the catering, Visit Cornwall worked with Cornwall Council and Brittany Ferries to put on an exhibition of the best attractions and activities that the region has to offer as well as details of the language, music and culture that has been the signature of Cornwall’s distinctiveness.
Over the ten days of the festival, thousands visited the stands and it is hoped that some of these will translate into future visitors helping to boost the Cornish economy.
“The Lorient Festival is an important platform to attract people to Cornwall,” commented Julian German, Cornwall Council cabinet member for economy & culture, who was attending the festival for the first time.
“It is evident that many people have heard of Cornwall and we need show what Cornwall has to offer. Our environment, our heritage and culture, our food and drink, are strong reasons why people decide to come to Cornwall and they are not weather dependent.
“Cornwall has much to offer and we need to make sure that we are actively participating on the international stage to ensure that everyone knows this.”