Last weekend, Olivia (Olivia Blogs) and I made the trip up to St. Austell for a delicious night of feasting.
The night didn’t start out too well… I made it 5 minutes from my house before my car broke down, but Olivia so very kindly came and picked me up (and dropped me home again – what a BABE!).
Anyway, we eventually got to Knightor Winery at St. Austell and quickly made ourselves at home with free drinks by the fire pit. It was a stunning evening!
Knightor Winery create a variety of still and sparkling, quality wines from their Cornish vineyards. On their St. Austell site, they also have a restaurant and space for weddings and events too!
Throughout Spring, they’ve been hosting ‘Feast Nights’ to showcase locally sourced, Cornish produce in a variety of foodie themes! I was kindly invited to bring a guest to the Spiced Kitchen evening, featuring a five course meal inspired by the Southern Mediterranean and Middle East!
The evening was kicked off with a talk by Ally Watkins from Nature Kitchen about blending dukka spices, and the space was peppered with delicious tasting stations with flatbread, oils and spice mixes to try!
Once we’d had our drinks and nibbles, we were all shown upstairs to a couple of long feasting tables to have our meal! Olivia and I sat opposite each other, and quickly made friends with our feasting neighbours, laughing at the mess we were making by serving ourselves from shared dishes.
First up on our menu was actually a Wild Pigeon B’stilla (I’m still not sure what that means…), however due to being wheat & dairy intolerant, Olivia was provided with a delicious hummus salad. I think we both agreed they did a great job at catering for different dietary requirements; they were more that happy to edit the menu for us!
Meanwhile, I feasted on wild pigeon… which was delicious! I’ve never had pigeon before, but I’d definitely eat it again – it tastes a lot like duck!
Next on our menu were spiced pilchards, which I evidently enjoyed too much to photograph, followed by a Persian goat stew, which we helped ourselves from on the outdoors slow cooker!
Dessert was Gulab Jamun (deep fried milk balls in syrup), which was utterly delicious but I was just too full to eat all of it. I wish I’d taken a photo, but again, I was enjoying myself too much!
It was a really fun evening and a great opportunity to experience some new, exciting flavours that we may not have tried ourselves. Knightor have more feast nights lined up, and I’d highly recommend a trip to see their barns and gorge on some amazing food and wine! (I’m personally keeping an eye on the BBQ feast in June!)