Porthleven Food Festival
Following a two year break due to COVID, there will be lots of changes to Porthleven Food Festival this year. The committee are taking the opportunity to react on audience feedback and tweak the ingredients that go into the Festival.
They’ve changed the way the event is run, drawing on the expertise of a local events team who know the Festival and the area to bring the content back into the community of Porthleven, with a focus on fabulous food, families and local fringe events.
The much-loved Chef’s Theatre will return to sit at the heart of the event in the tent on the Harbour Head, welcoming the best of the South West and beyond. There are also plans for a brand new food space - The Diner’s Club, offering a place to sit and enjoy taster pots from our street food stalls, alongside acoustic music performances and talks.
Food Festival Chairman Alec Short said: “This is something we’ve been trying to get right for a long time. The idea is that the stalls in The Diner’s Club area provide smaller pots of food at a lower price so that instead of eating one dish at lunch you can sample more - it’s the essence of what a food festival should be.” And this year the food market will be run by the team behind the Food & Farming tent at the Royal Cornwall Show - showcasing quality, artisan suppliers from across Cornwall and the South West.
There’s no cutting back on the free kids content - with plenty of circus skills, parades and crafting activities on the playing fields and a visit or two from Porthleven’s own mermaid and friends. The new Ann’s Pasty Lounge, which replaces the Literary tent this year, will bring family-focused entertainment including comedy, choirs, cocktail masterclasses, crimping workshops and more. Busk Stops bring the sounds of daytime music right across the site.
The event started as a way to support local businesses and we’re delighted that this year many of our businesses are creating their own content for the Festival. From exhibitions in the art galleries to bands in the pubs, Porthleven is gearing up to welcome people back from Origin Coffee on Methleigh Bottoms to the Atlantic Inn up on the hill behind the Porthleven sign.
This year the festival is not selling tickets but instead asking people to make a donation towards the running of the event. Alec added: “There will be no tickets this year - we want to keep the Festival free for anyone who can’t afford it. But it costs £150,000 to run the festival in its current format - that’s for all the infrastructure, staffing and events. And we have a gap in funding. So we’re asking that if you enjoy the Festival this year, or have enjoyed it in the past, that you help to secure its future by making a donation. We’re a not-for-profit event - so any profits over and above what we need to run the Festival will be donated to Porthleven events and organisations.”
If you’re going to be in Porthleven on April 22-24th, please give generously to the collectors on the playing fields, Fore Street and outside our Chefs’ Theatre on the Harbour Head. We’ll have collecting buckets for cash, card readers and a QR code. Or you can make a donation now at: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/porthlevenfoodfestival
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.