Porthleven Food Festival

25 April

Porthleven Food Festival

This year’s Porthleven Food and Music Festival is taking place on Saturday the 26th of April around the picturesque harbour of Porthleven, west Cornwall and will be officially opened at 10am by Festival patron and celebrity chef Antony Worrall Thompson.

The festival will be themed ‘Local Food, Global Stage’ and is hoped to be the most exciting to date, encompassing exotic world flavours, music and entertainment.

The popular annual spring festival is now in its 6th year and is going from strength to strength attracting a staggering 18,000 people to the historic port during the main festival day in 2013.

‘This year Cornish specialities and traditional British favourites will sit alongside the exotic tastes and smells of street food from around the world.  All to the backdrop of an eclectic mix of music and entertainment’ says Hannabeth Johnson, Festival Coordinator  ‘The theme this year celebrates world food's influence on Cornwall’s cuisine and how our local food has been revered and enjoyed on a global stage’.

The 2014 festival theme will pay homage to the Cornish forefathers who travelled from Cornish shores to far off places to make their way in the world, the influences of which can be seen in Cornish cooking today and in places such as Mexico where they still hold an annual pasty festival.

As well as all day cooking demonstrations including an opening demo by Festival patron Antony Worrall Thompson in Ready Steady Cook style in the main marquee. There will also be over 90 food and craft stalls surrounding the harbour with an emphasis this year on world street food. You can enjoy Spanish Churros for breakfast, Japanese Sushi for lunch and Filipino Adobo pork for supper or whatever may take your fancy as you wander around savouring the exotic sights, smells and sounds.

The music offering this year will be an exciting, eclectic mix of the traditional and modern, local and international and will be performed during the daytime on two outdoor music stages situated on the historic harbour side then moving into the main marquee for more bands, revelry and dancing into the night.

There will also be a young person’s festival area with performances, music, art and cooking workshops in a designated marquee with outdoor entertainment, stalls and games to keep the young and young at heart festival goers happy.

This year you can make a whole weekend of it with the fun starting on the night before the main food festival day (Friday the 25th) with a ticket only fundraiser evening in the main marquee featuring a ‘beer festival’ style bar, indoor street food market and music by Jools Holland’s favourite Boogie Woogie pianist Ben Waters and his band. The fun and dancing will carry on for those with the stamina through to Sunday the 27th with a live music day in the main marquee (from 11.30am to 9.30pm) featuring popular local bands, choirs and performers, ‘Spingo’ bar and yet more delicious street food.

The Porthleven Food Festival is a free community event and a weekend not to be missed. For more information on the Festival go to: www.porthlevenfoodfestival.com

For on line sales of Friday night tickets to see Ben Waters go to:https://store.tickethive.co.uk/      

Friday Fundraiser – 6.30pm to 11pm in the main marquee
Main Food Festival Day – 10am to 11pm around the harbour
Sunday live music day – 11.30am to 9.30pm in the main marquee

Dog Friendly


  • Facilities
  • Parking
  • Toilets
  • Catering
  • Sea views
  • Beach within 2k


  • Disabled access
  • Disabled parking
  • Disabled toilets
  • Guide dogs permitted

Opening Times

April 25, 2015 - April 25, 2015


Buses numbers 2, 2A and 2B all go to Porthleven from Helston.


Directions Buses numbers 2, 2A and 2B all go to Porthleven from Helston. A3394 Helston to Penzance, then take B3304 to Porthleven. There is limited car parking in Porthleven itself, so to prevent congestion why not leave your car in the car park next to Flora Motors opposite the boating lake in Helston (B3304) and take the bus.


Porthleven Food Festival
Helston Cornwall TR13 9JA

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