Cornwall came agonisingly close to being voted Britain’s favourite food spot, narrowly missing out on first place to Lincolnshire.
The public poll saw a massive 22,000 food lovers vote for their top foodie destination this summer, in honour of the 10th anniversary of my favourite national celebration, British Food Fortnight.
It got quite tense during the final stages of the voting when it became a neck and neck race between Cornwall (35.7%) and Lincolnshire (39.6%).
Even though we missed out on the top spot, here in Cornwall we are still celebrating the amazing food we have to offer – not least a traditional Cornish pasty with the seal of approval granted by Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status.
On behalf of Cornwall Ruth Huxley, Managing Director of Cornwall Food & Drink who did a great job in championing Cornish food, said: “There is quite simply no other part of Britain that has what we have here.
“We have so much to thank nature for – our famed clotted cream comes from the rich milk of the contented cattle that graze the lush green pastures on our rolling hillsides; clean, mild Atlantic air and gentle, warm rain nurture our crops and, surrounded by sea on three sides, a variety of fresh fish to match anywhere in the world.
“What’s happened in the past decade is the marriage of these natural assets and traditional values with contemporary energy and flair. The result: a stunning new range of foods and drinks and a whole new level of quality that has positioned Cornwall well and truly on the world stage. In the past couple of years, we’ve boasted the world’s supreme champion cheese and a world title for sparkling wine!”
So lets all have a traditional Cornish pasty to celebrate!