A total celebration of everything that makes Cornwall’s food and drink so special, including a look at the county’s rich heritage and influence that stretches throughout the globe.
Free to enter and open seven days a week, visitors can immerse themselves in the interactive exhibits that tell the fascinating story behind the Cornish pasty and discover its links with the tin and copper mining industry that can be traced to far-flung parts of the world such as Mexico. Visitors have the option for a Pasty Tasting Tour with one of the Cornucopia Pasty Ambassadors (a paid-for option that takes around 30 minutes) that offers additional insights and ends with a sample-sized trio of specially created pasties, carefully matched to three drinks – with alcoholic and non-alcoholic options available.
Budding bakers can take part in a ‘Make and Bake’ experience (a paid-for option that takes around 60 minutes), that teaches them the skilled art of Cornish pasty making. Hosted by the in-house pasty experts, this step-by-step masterclass reveals what makes a truly authentic Cornish pasty, from its carefully selected ingredients through to the ‘pull, tuck and pinch’ technique that creates its famous crust. After they’ve been baked in the oven, the rookie bakers can sample their creations or simply take them home.
With a wide selection of specialist food and drink retailers at the site, there’s an informal seating area with tables that offer the perfect place to sit back and relax, whilst enjoying a snack, meal or perhaps a drink from Mr Small’s Cornish Taphouse, where you’ll find an enviable array of Cornish wines, beers, ciders and spirits, plus an assortment of artisan soft drinks. With up to a dozen local cask and craft ales on offer, including exclusive beers from the Cornish Brewery, the Taphouse boasts what must be the widest selection of Cornish wines, beers, ciders and gins in one bar including the entire range from the Isles of Scilly for visitors to explore.
There is plenty of free, on-site parking outside the main entrance.
Food and Drink Visitor Centre – Seven days per week – 10am till 9pm
Cornucopia Market Hall – Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday – 9am till 5pm
Cornucopia Family Adventure – Seven days per week – 10am till 7pm