This season’s hot ticket at Padstow Christmas Festival is Sharp’s Brewery’s Silent Bistro
Amid the aromatic street-food stalls, action-packed chef demos and general festive revelry, on Saturday December 7 Sharp’s Brewery will host a Padstow Christmas Festival first.
The Rock brewery’s resident beer buff and Saturday Kitchen regular Ed Hughes (pictured bottom right) will be teaming up with excellent South West chefs Zack Hawke and Callum Hirst to take 60 curious festival-goers on an intriguing journey of taste, texture and sound at Cornwall’s first Silent Bistro.
After donning headphones and taking a seat in the festival theatre, revellers will tour the peripheries of their palate at a cookery demo with a difference. Whereas usually audience members can only salivate over the wafts from the stage, visitors will have the chance to taste dishes from Zack and Callum, alongside beer and music pairings masterminded by Ed.
‘We’re always pressing forward with new ideas and innovations, particularly in the food and beer matching arena, and we’re delighted to welcome festival-goers to our first ever Cornish Silent Bistro,’ says Ed.
‘In the same way that a Silent Disco attunes the senses to the different sounds and respective experience of music, we’re utilising this technique to align the taste, sight and aural senses in a completely unique way,’ he continues.
Throughout the 45-minute tasting session, participants will have a whiteboard to scribble notes and questions so they can quiz Ed and the chefs at the end of the interactive experience.
Once unleashed back into the festival (which runs from December 5-9) those with a new taste for Sharp’s limited-edition Coconut Stout will head straight to the drinks tent for a second helping, while guests hungry for additional hoppy knowledge will want to seek out the Sharp’s Secret Bar.