One of Cornwall’s most popular festivals returns for its eleventh year from 26th-28th April for a jam-packed three-day schedule of everything foodie and more.
Expect headlining chefs from across the UK and beyond in the scintillating chef’s theatre, while an array of stalls, street food, and round-the-clock entertainment from an eclectic mix of performers will sate all the senses in ultra memorable style.
The harbour and wider town area will be abuzz with things to see and do, from a series of live music stages and sessions to workshops, family field, and literary and acoustic tent that will all be exploring this year’s celebratory theme ‘Love Food’, which comes with a Summer of Love twist courtesy of a Motown/psychedelic sixties-inspired music event during Saturday’s Shipyard Session.
Whether you’re an aspiring chef, something of a foodie or simply appreciate a good belly fill while exploring an uber picturesque locale, Porthleven’s fabulous focus on food and seaside spoils will hit the heady spot.
Michelin-starred chefs and Cornwall’s culinary crème will be hosting cooking demonstrations, including Antony Worrall Thompson, Kota Head Chef Jude Kereama, Stephane Delourme (Rick Stein Seafood Restaurant), Ben Tunnicliffe (Tolcarne Inn), Mick Smith (Porthminster Beach Café), Naoko Kashiwagi (Naoko’s Kitchen), Guy Owen (Idle Rocks), Adam Banks and Elly Owen (Fifteen Cornwall), Chris Eden (Driftwood Hotel), and Ben Prior (Ben’s Cornish Kitchen).
Tasty food stalls
Roam the Market and Moors Field to stock up on kitchen essentials, artisan goods and an assortment of Cornish food and drink with a huge smattering of stalls selling everything from wine and churros to crêpes, cheese, coffee, cakes, ice cream, cider, olives, frozen custard, sausages, flapjacks, chocolate and ales, to name just some of the saliva-inducing foodstuffs on offer.
Then there’s the music. With the Lime Kiln stage presenting a top tally of artists from BBC Music Introducing in Cornwall alongside local choirs, jazz acts, funk bands and folk groups as well as buskers scattered around the harbour, Porthleven promises a fantastic medley of sounds to revel to.
Meanwhile, the Shipyard Sessions will see the likes of Mag Dog Mcrea and The Roustabouts on the Friday evening, with The All Star Soul Band and Falmouth Community Gospel Choir followed by an after-party DJ set with Pete Isaac from Jelly Jazz on the Saturday, and Go Go Skank, Rosie Crow, Half Kut and Ola Loco rounding off the Sunday sessions.
Or for a more mellow vibe, head to the Literary & Acoustic Tent, where a world of words, film and music awaits. Settle in with singer-songwriters such as Jenny Bishop, Liam Jordan and Jo Horne and spoken word artist Megan Chapman, while authors Kari Herbert and Ellie Jackson will read and discuss their works. And with choirs, an alt-folk duo, eco fashion designer and Cornish rap poet also scheduled to make appearances, the line up’s set to strike a creative, nerve-tingling chord with all.
Plus, families will be accommodated in superb style courtesy of circus skills, shows and workshops by Airfish Circus, costume-making and arts and crafts workshops with Sticky Fingers, and bevy of games, food, face painting and bouncy castles.
And with a fireworks display on Saturday night at 9pm (weather pending) and mermaid swimming in the harbour on Sunday, imaginations will be tickled by the festival’s all-inclusive programme of brilliant crowd-pleasing entertainment.
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