At the Penventon Park Hotel we pride ourselves on good food. The hotel’s history has a long tradition of food, dating back to 1965 when owners Paola and David Pascoe opened the Basset Count House; one of the first restaurants in Cornwall.
We take pride in sourcing fresh, local, seasonal ingredients, working with talented farmers, producers and growers to give our guests a taste of the very best that Cornwall has to offer.
The festival itself was the brain-child of our head chef, Joe Lado Devesa, who has a real passion for Cornish produce. His style of cooking is all about simple, well-executed dishes where the quality of the produce speaks for itself.
The Asparagus Festival is a free one-day event celebrating this delightful Cornish ingredient, hailed by many chefs as one of the best asparagus varieties in the world. It has a very short season; six weeks, eight at the most, but for those six weeks across the months of May and June we can revel in one of the most delicious vegetables grown in this county!
With a mixture of asparagus recipes, tasters, cookery demonstrations and an opportunity to meet Cornwall’s largest asparagus growers, John and Jenny Keeler, from Tregassow Farm, the festival will proudly celebrate Cornish asparagus, encouraging visitors to try it, pick up some handy hints and tips and learn new recipes which they can take away and try at home.
In addition to asparagus there’ll be a range of fresh Cornish produce available as our wonderful suppliers have come together to host a small food market at the festival too. You can purchase fresh, green asparagus spears and a whole host of other local ingredients from duck, poultry and clotted cream to Cornish sea salt and vegetables!
Entry to the festival is FREE.