Harvest food festival in Cornwall

In 2014 our Harvest Festival, one of the best food festivals in Cornwall, will feature a Chilli Weekend, Baobab Festival, and Beer, Wine and Cider Week!

Food and drink - spice piles in the shape of Eden Biomes


  • Saturday 6 September – Sunday 5 October 2014
    • Food Experts Week, 15–19 September
    • Chilli Weekend, 20–21 September
    • Baobab Festival, 22–28 September
    • Beer, Wine and Cider Week, 29 September – 5 October
    • Beer Festival, Saturday 4 October
  • Price: Harvest Festival activities are included in the price of admission; our Beer Festival requires a separate ticket.  

Chilli Weekend, 20-21 September

We'll be focusing on this fantastic ingredient with the following demonstrations on both the Saturday and the Sunday:

  • 12pm: Michael Michaud from Sea Spring Seeds will be sharing his wisdom on chilli classification.  
  • 1pm: Michael Michaud from Sea Spring Seeds will give advice on choosing a chilli for your garden
  • 2.30pm: Edson Diaz-Fuentes, Head of Menu Innovation at Wahaca, the experts in Mexican market food, will be delighting our tastebuds with a selection of Mexican dishes: courgette flower quesadillas, pico de gallo, salsa roja, and mandarin and habanero margaritas. 

Throughout the day, the guys from Henry Jo’s hot sauce will be using our chillies by smoking, drying and turning them into jam and various hot sauces. Come along and try! 

Baobab Festival, 22-28 September

Every day throughout the week

Discover more about the African superfruit that’s six times richer in vitamin C than oranges. Visit our Baobab Bar in the Rainforest Biome and meet our friends from PhytoTrade Africa to learn how they are helping African rural producers develop and market their natural products for export.

Rosby Mthinda, who works with the growers in Malawi, will be with Eden’s Narrators in the Rainforest Biome to talk to visitors about baobab harvesting and the benefits for African farmers brought about by increased trade in the fruit.

Super-premium gin, Whitley Neill, is proud to be supporting Eden Project’s Baobab Week. Founder of Whitley Neill, Johnny Neill, will be hosting a series of gin tastings and innovative masterclasses focusing on the award-winning spirit’s botanicals, cape gooseberry and, of course, baobab. 

Demonstrations on specific days at 2.30pm

  • Mon 22 Sep: Frances Quinn, winner of The Great British Bake Off 2013, will be making baobab marzipan bees
  • Tues 23 Sep: Stephane Delourme, head chef at Rick Stein's Seafood Restaurant in Padstow, prepares Moroccan fish tagine with baobab fruit powder; and Stuart Pate, executive pastry chef at the Seafood Restaurant prepares baobab panna cotta with pineapple and granadine
  • Weds 24 - Thurs 25 Sep: demonstrations by Whitley Neill gin and mixologist Josh Linfitt of Propping Up the Bar, showcasing baobab-inspired cocktails

Beer, Wine and Cider Week, 29 September – 5 October

Celebrating harvest in liquid form, from craft beers and cocktails to home brewing, apple pressing and everything in between. Explore the stories behind them with demos, talks, tastings and hands-on activities.

  • Mon 29 and Tues 30 Sep: herbal tea tasting with Pukka Teas  
  • Weds 1 Oct: coffee cupping with Origin Coffee
  • Thurs 2 Oct: cider talks and tastings, and apple pressing using apples from our orchard. 
  • Fri 3 Oct: wine tasting with Susy Atkins, wine writer, Saturday Kitchen BBC1 presenter, and Telegraph columnist.
  • Sat 4 and Sun 5 Oct: beer sampling, tastings and pairings (and the Beer Festival on Saturday night).

Beer Festival, Saturday 4 October

A whole day and evening of beery fun with St Austell Brewery featuring demonstrations, tastings, workshops and up to 100 speciality beers. Guests from breweries around the country will give a fascinating insight into the world of hops, yeast and brewing.

Between 6pm and midnight the party steps up a gear with live music, fantastic food and a wider selection of exclusive beers to try. Tickets for this over-18s event are £10, including drinks tokens and a beer festival glass.

More Harvest activities

  • Crying the neck tradition: join us daily at 1pm in the Mediterranean Biome as we perform the Cornish harvest custom of crying the neck - the celebration of cutting the corn.
  • Storytelling: harvest-themed stories every day at 12pm and 2pm in the Mediterranean Biome.
  • Check the ‘what’s on’ board in between the Biomes every day to see what the Narrators Team are talking about, demonstrating or making, including 'guided walk arounds'. You may find corn dolly making (find out how to make a corn dolly here), displays on forest hunting techniques, panela tasting or talks at our 'curiosity carts'. 


Baobab pancake

How to make a baobab superfruit pancake

Get ready for Baobab Week at Eden with this delicious recipe.



Jack Monroe and Allegra McEvedy

Jack Monroe and Allegra McEvedy: fresh produce tips

Simple tips on how to use tomatoes, nasturtiums, ginger, chard, garlic and rhubarb in your cooking.


Chilli plant profile

The shiny, pungent fruits of the NuMex Twilight chilli pepper.

See some of the incredible chillies we grow at Eden.

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Supporting baobab harvesters

Woman holding basket of baobabs

We are helping people in Malawi to build a sustainable future by using the wonderful baobab fruit

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Beer Festival