Porthleven Food Festival
The decision, which has not been taken lightly, has been made amidst the current situation with Coronavirus/ COVID-19 in the UK.
With less than five weeks to go any additional restrictions on the movement of people, or a nationwide ban on events being enacted in the coming weeks, would be financially catastrophic for our Festival. We therefore feel that we must cancel the event this year in order to guarantee its future survival.
The team has already put a great deal of time, resource and energy into organising and promoting this year’s event and this is not a decision we’ve made lightly.
We hope you understand and respect our difficult decision to act now, thus removing uncertainty.
What's it all about?
The Festival is a three-day feast of food, drink and music held in and around the historic harbour of Porthleven. As a well-established event on the festival calendar, the Festival brings around 40,000 people together in and around the stunning harbour port of Porthleven with national and international chef's theatre, food stalls, street food, music day and night and entertainment for all.
Daytime festival music and entertainment remains free-of-charge including:the Chefs’ Theatre Children and Family area including workshops and circus skills and shows, the Lime Kiln Stage, the Literary Tent and entry to all food markets, demos and areas.
All the latest details and announcements can be found on the Porthleven Food Festival website at porthlevenfoodfestival.com or by following them on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
South West All-Star Chefs bound for Porthleven Food Festival 2020
The best chefs in the South West will be heading to the harbourside for the 2020 Porthleven Food Festival.
The line up for the Chefs Theatre, presented by St Austell Brewery, includes top South West chefs, promising a clear focus on the fantastic food of our very special foodie region.
In traditional style, Festival-patron Antony Worrall Thompson will open the event at 10am on Saturday by holding a cook-off competition against Porthleven’s own award-winning Jude Kereama from Kota and Kota Kai, who this year has organised the Chefs’ Theatre line-up.
Jude has taken over from his wife Jane, who organised the Chef’s Theatre for the past 11 years, but sadly passed away from cancer just after the Festival in 2019. A special memorial Feast night will be held in Jane’s memory on the Friday evening of the Festival, with many of the big name chefs cooking a banquet-style Feast served in Kota Kai. Tickets will include entry into the Festival’s evening music Shipyard Session, which features Jane and Jude’s
favourite eighties party music. All proceeds from the event will go to the St Julia’s Hospice who provide specialist care for people with terminal illnesses.
Jude, who recently won the Trencherman’s Award for Special Contribution and will soon open his third restaurant, Kuki, in Carnon Downs, said: “It’s a great tribute to Jane’s memory to be able to bring all the top chefs from the South West together in this fantastic two-day line-up.
“It’s also a reminder of the roots of the Festival as one of our objectives is to ‘promote awareness of the extent and quality of locally produced food’. These chefs are second to none and truly showcase all that is fantastic about food in our region.”
Saturday in the Chefs’ Theatre includes foodie superstar Josh Eggleton of The Pony and Trap in Chew Manga followed by a duet from Mick Smith of the Porthminster Café and Ben Prior, formerly of Ben’s Cornish Kitchen in Marazion and currently cooking up a new project in St Ives. Then there’s an appearance from Stephane Delourme of Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant in Padstow before former Fifteen Cornwall Head Chef Andy Appleton pops in from Appleton’s in Fowey. Stew Eddy from The Square in Porthleven takes to the stage with his one-time apprentice Dorian Janmaat, who recently took over as Head Chef at The Idle Rocks in St Mawes following eight years honing his craft at Raymond Blanc’s 2 Michelin-starred Le Manoir aux Quat‘Saisons. Jeff Robinson, owner and Head Chef at The New Yard Restaurant at Trelowarren, which won the Trencherman’s award for Creativity and Innovation, will close the stage for the day.
On Sunday Cornwall College will start proceedings with a demo from their staff and students before Bruce Rennie of The Shore in Penzance, which recently won the Trencherman’s Award for Best Restaurant in the South West, takes to the stage. Then Chris Eden returns, bringing 4 AA Rosettes and a Michelin Star from Gidleigh Park in Devon. Guy Owen is back to share details and dishes from his new role as Executive Chef at the St Enodoc Hotel in Rock then Chef Owner of the Barley Sheaf in Gorran Tim Kendall, South West Chef of the Year in 2018 will take to the stage before Rupert Cooper of Philleighway Cookery School, closes the event.