Skinners brews stout for oyster festival

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Sian Robbins of Visit Cornwall joins Steve Skinner in the ceremonial feeding-in of the ingredients for the Cornish stout
Sian Robbins of Visit Cornwall joins Steve Skinner in the ceremonial feeding-in of the ingredients for the Cornish stout

The keenly-anticipated 13th Falmouth Oyster Festival has come a crucial step closer with the brewing of the big event’s very own stout.

Festival organisers and Visit Cornwall representatives visited Truro-based Skinners Brewery to join in the traditional “mash-in.” Helped by chief executive Steve Skinner, they assembled at the copper and fed in the ingredients, including the Cornish barley and hops.

The end product will be Pennycomequick, Cornwall’s very own “black stuff”, which will go on sale at the festival from October 15 to 18 and then be available across the county for about a month.

The hugely popular festival will once again be staged at Events Square, Discovery Quay, and brewery chief executive Steve Skinner commented: “Pennycomequick has become very much part and parcel of the festival.

“The Cornish oysters were initially being accompanied by Irish stout, but we all felt such a special event deserved nothing less than its very own special Cornish brew!”

He added: “The festival has become one of the year’s top food events in the whole of the Westcountry if not Great Britain. We are strong supporters and are very much looking forward to another spectacularly successful occasion.”

With demonstrations by accomplished chefs and numerous trade stalls, it has grown to become one of the largest free events in Cornwall and a great promotion for Falmouth.

Mat Follas, winner of BBC Masterchef 2009, will open this year’s event with a cookery master-class, along with a spotlight on local chefs who will cook their signature dishes. A packed programme will follow, with music and marquees bustling with Cornish food produce and art and craft stalls.

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