I was thrilled to grab a ticket for the very first Cornwall Gin Cruise as part of the Fal River Festival (they sold out in five minutes). This fantastic event was organised by Taor from Potluck Cornwall supper club, whose love of unique foodie venues inspired this trip, and the Juniper Club, an online gin superstore based in Cornwall. Delicious canapes were created by talented wild food forager and chef, Matt Vernon.

The Cornish Gin Cruise was one of many events in the Fal River Festival

There were five Cornish gin cocktails on offer during the cruise. When we boarded we were given three tokens each to select our tipples for the evening. It must have been a challenge to serve over 200 cocktails in two hours from a tiny bar on a boat but the team managed it with aplomb!

Westward Farm Rose Geranium Gin served with Fever Tree Indian TonicMy favourite was Westward Farm Rose Geranium Gin served with Fever Tree Indian Tonic, garnished with dried raspberries and a fragrant rose bud. Check out the rest of the cocktails on the Juniper Club website.

The atmosphere was relaxed and fun, and by the end of the evening I think I had talked to everyone! It was a lovely evening and we pottered up and down the creeks on the classic river boat Moyana with her friendly and knowledgeable crew from Enterprise Boats exploring the River Fal on the high spring tide. It reinforced my view that I am so lucky live in this most beautiful place. Can’t wait for the next one…

Enjoy gin cocktails on a cruise down the River Fal

About the Fal River Festival

The Fal River Festival is an annual 10-day, not-for-profit community festival in the last week of May. It encompasses everything from music and drama to gig racing, swimming, walking and lots more. There is a diverse mix of over 100 events taking place at dozens of locations around the River Fal. The festival offers the perfect opportunity to explore this area of outstanding natural beauty and discover the places, people, history, culture and industry connected by the river.

Beautiful views gliding down the River Fal on an Enterprise Boat

Foodie breaks in Cornwall

Cornwall is renowned for its fantastic food and drink. From al fresco feast nights to food festivals, cookery masterclasses and Michelin-starred restaurants, there’s plenty to whet your appetite.

Located just off the A390 near St Austell, Bosinver make the perfect base for exploring everything Cornwall has to offer. Our award-winning self-catering cottages all have large, open plan living/dining areas and well-equipped kitchens – ideal for whipping up a feast with some delicious local produce.

Find out more about foodie breaks in Cornwall >