Pillaton with St Mellion Cherry Feast - 9 July 2017
In the 1900s the country around Pillaton and St Mellion contained considerable areas of cherry orchards. So cherry pickers from outside Cornwall and probably including foreign workers, were used to ensure the cherries were harvested quickly and cost effectively.
The origins of the Cherry Feast are believed to have been a party to reward the cherry pickers on completion of the cherry picking season.
The Cherry Feast on 9th July 2017 will be the 40th anniversary of the current Cherry Feasts, though the origins may be long before this. This modern event includes stalls where cherries, cakes and other items may be bought as well as attractions for children such as a bouncy castle, ice creams and toy stalls and for adults, the Laira Youth Band and the Rock Choir among others giving performances.