As far as Cornwall’s events calendar goes, this one’s a definite biggie. The Porthleven Food Festival returns for its anticipated annual outing between 21st and 23rd April, which this year takes its inspiration from the ever-fitting theme, ‘Under the Sea.’
Join the crowds for a jam-packed schedule of live entertainment, cookery demonstrations, music and shopping for all things delicious at what promises to be one of Porthleven’s best food festivals yet.
Not only does it afford visitors the chance to immerse themselves in Cornwall’s world famous foodie scene, but it also showcases the stunning harbourside town, presenting a brilliant flavour of the people and place alongside the lip-smacking wealth of foods.
With over 150 exhibitors lined along the streets and harbour, as well as a mouth-watering selection of street food to tuck into, you’ll be able to stock up on everything from baked goods, preserves and meats to craft beer, artisan spirits and Cornish scrumpy.
Treat your taste buds to some New York Street Food, argentine barbecues from Sizzle Grills, paellas by Big Pan Parties, Choccy Churros, Doughnut Dollies, Thai food, Katie’s Cornish Hotpots or something from the Pea Souk Vegetarian Café or Richmark Foods Vegan pop-up before filling your shopping bag with goodies from Knightor Winery, Yallah Coffee and The Raw Chocolate Pie Company.
Meanwhile, more esoteric tastes can be catered by the unique likes of Cornish Edible Insects and South Devon Chilli Farm.
And with various arts, clothing and crafts to snaffle up – as well as the chance to try your hand at some sea-inspired screen printing – visitors can also tap into their creative side.
For anyone wishing to hone their own culinary skills, or simply watch the masters in action, then The Chef’s Theatre is the place to be. Here, you’ll find fascinating live tutorials from top names including Antony Worrall Thompson, Jude Kereama, Ben Prior, Jack Stein and Simon Allot.
Watch the spectacle from the Shipyard Stage on Saturday as these renowned and award-winning chefs spoil your senses with an all-out, all-day cookery extravaganza from 10am.
The Sunday Shipyard session takes a slightly different turn with the great Porthleven Bake-Off, chef demonstrations from Amelie’s Restaurant and Mullion Cove Hotel, The Sea Show by Squashbox Theatre, WI Tea Party, Charity Auction, and performances by Porthleven School Choir.
Then there’s the Literary & Acoustic Tent. Here, visitors will explore ‘food for the mind and soul’ through words, film and music from the eclectic likes of Shark Bay Films, The Story Republic, MC and comedian Claire Rowley, Comedy Rapper Steve Heller, authors Colin Taylor (the Scilly Sergeant) and Jane Darke, and the sounds of the Cadgwith Singers, Liam Jordan, and open mic with Louella Jade Eke and guests.
Venture to The Family Field for a host of free entertainment set to enthral all ages. From face painting to a bouncy castle, Airfish Circus will also be giving Aerial and Ground workshops alongside an ‘interactive walkabout.’ Sticky Fingers is a fabulously hands-on arts and crafts workshop, while Trifle Gathering Productions presents a fantastically fun dose of interactive theatre.
And don’t forget to check out the series of Fringe Events that will be taking place in and around the town during what promises to be an unforgettable festival experience for all.
Check out the footage from last year's event!