Museum exhibitions, food festivals and opera – our top outings in Cornwall this month have all this to offer and more.
The Cornish Arms Beer & Mussel Festival
18th March – 20th March 2016
Rick Stein hosts this beer and mussel festival every March at his pub in St Merryn and we love it.
“March is the best month in the year for mussels,” he says, “and any time is good for proper beer brewed by people who love what they do.”
Pop over to the festival in St Merryn, and you can sample 30 different beers and ciders, as well as many a freshly-cooked mussel dish, including the old stalwarts moules mariniere and mussel masala with coconut, ginger and green chillies.
The two day event will also screen the England rugby game, a cooking demonstration by Jack Stein, talks from St Austell Brewery, a charity pub quiz, and music from Taz Djay Disco, Boscastle Buoys and The C90’s.
Oyster Gathering & Cornish Produce Festival, Falmouth
25th March – 27th March 2016
We’re looking forward to celebrating the end of the River Fal Oyster fishing season with a party on Prince of Wales Pier.
Organiser Chris Ranger says: “We’re buying all the produce from people we know personally, then inviting the chefs to whom we supply our wild Cornish Native Fal Oysters to serve our produce as they do in their own top restaurants, not as a demo but as a Chef of the Day.
They’ll be a Cornish Bar, with many top ales and stouts from Skinners, Rebel, Sharps and St Austell et al, as well as few from smaller breweries, ciders from Cornish Cider Co who are celebrating their first birthday at the pier, wines, and Brut by our friends at Camel Valley Wines.
The National Maritime Museum, Falmouth
Until 24 April 2016
More than 400 years ago, vivid visual and written descriptions of pioneering voyages to the Americas, Africa, India and the Far East reached Europe in the form of finely-detailed copperplate engravings. This exhibition presents the alluring images of Flemish engraver Theodore de Bry, amongst the earliest ever published. Between 1590 and 1602 de Bry illustrated the diverse customs and people who lived in distant lands, including their nautical traditions.
Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Hall for Cornwall
15th March 2016, 7.30pm
Is Don Giovanni a hero who defies all authority? Or a villain, faker, and murderer? You decide, but whichever way you are pulled, Mozart and Da Ponte’s masterpiece is a musical and dramatic whirlwind – from the first bars of the magnificent score to the chilling supernatural conclusion. Sung in English.