THE FIRST Looe Festival of Food and Drink was a fantastic success with more than 4,500 people visiting the marquee over the two days.
Traders reported excellent takings and some said the festival had rivalled or surpassed others in which they had participated.
Kirsty Sargent of Sargies Cornish Kitchen, Bude had to call for reinforcements towards the end of day one as she was fast selling out.
Cake seller, Selena Govier of The Baking Bird in Falmouth, was up until 1.30am on Sunday replenishing stocks. "To be honest, we didn't know what to expect with this being the first year and it's been fabulous."
The Cornish Pork Pantry was also delighted. Michelle Burnett said: "People were genuinely interested in the quality and rearing of the meat, its origins and what we do to ensure the best." Nippers (Looe) Shellfish, pictured, had an excellent weekend with their lobster and crab flying off the stall. They raised £75 for the Fishermen's Mission. Organiser Danny Gill said: "It's been a lot of hard work but very rewarding. It's been wonderful to see locals and visitors support and enjoy the event."
Sponsors Skinner's Fine Cornish Ales, Toad Hall Cottages of Polperro, Castles Kitchens, Barclay House Hotel & Restaurant and Foodsmiths of Saltash and Taste South East Cornwall. East and West Looe county councillors gave generously.
Founder member of TASTE South East Cornwall and chef/proprietor of The Blue Plate in Downderry, Nick Barclay, said: "We couldn't be more pleased. The demonstrations are always popular and the chefs who have taken part have done us proud."