Porthleven Food Festival
What's it all about?
A weekend of Cornish food, beer and bands in the little harbour town of Porthleven around the harbour, shipyard and playing fields in Porthleven from Friday 20 - Sunday 22 April, 2018. The Festival opens at noon on Friday with music, stalls and food suppliers around the harbour and has a full line-up until close on Sunday. Fill your shopping bags with Cornish food, eat yourself silly, and drink until you are merry. Marquees on the quayside will be packed full of tasty treats, live music and cookery demonstrations. You might even spot the odd celebrity chef around too.
Porthleven Food Festival announces Chef’s Line Up
A bumper crop of chefs from the South West and beyond will head to Porthleven Food Festival this April, bringing a host of Michelin Stars and AA Rosettes.
And this year, to mark the event’s tenth anniversary, the Chefs’ Theatre will run on both Saturday and Sunday for the first time in the Festival’s history.
See the full 2018 Chef’s Theatre timetable at: https://www.porthlevenfoodfestival.com/whats-on/chefs-theatre/
Festival patron Antony Worrall Thompson will open proceedings on Saturday with his traditional cook-off against local chef and two-time star of the BBC’s Great British Menu Jude Kereama. Renowned restaurateur, author and broadcaster Antony returns for his tenth year as patron of the Festival, fresh from The Greyhound and Kew Grill in London. Jude owns Kota and Kota Kai in Porthleven, alongside his wife Jane, and has successfully retained a Michelin Bib Gourmand for four years in a row at Kota including being named the Inspectors ‘Favourite for Value’.
Saturday’s programme will feature two other stars of the Great British Menu: winner and judge Emily Watkins who owns the Kingham Plough in Oxfordshire and Josh Eggleton from the Pony and Trap in Chew Manga Bristol. On visiting the Plough, restaurant critic A.A. Gill wrote: “Anyone thinking of opening a local pub restaurant should come here and see the gold standard.” The pub has also received a Michelin Bib Gourmand for three years running, holds two AA rosettes and is one of the Good Food Guide’s top 50 pubs. The Pony and Trap has held a Michelin Star since 2011 and was ranked second in the Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropubs in 2018.
Fifteen Cornwall’s Head Chef Adam Banks and Head Sommelier Ellie Owen will present a food and wine-pairing demonstration and nutritionist and author of River Cottage Gluten Free Naomi Devlin will demonstrate dishes from her book Food for a Happy Gut and talking about gut health and happiness in general.
Then two local cooking stars will take to the stage. Ross Sloan from the Mount Haven in Marazion brings his love for wild food, nutrition and quirky vegetarian dishes. And then it’s the turn of Italian Head Chef Donato Dondiego from Porthleven’s own Amélies, winner of the Cornwall Life Best Restaurant 2017 and Bronze Award winners at the Cornwall Tourism Awards in the Best Restaurant Category.
Sunday brings a host of award-winning chefs from Cornwall and beyond to the stage.
Cornwall College will open the day with a demonstration by their apprentices, who help every year behind-the-scenes at the Festival and this year have been given their moment in the spotlight. Stew Eddy and Bryok Williams from Pothleven’s restaurant The Square bring the experience and flair that gained them a Bib Gourmand. And Guy Owen pops in from The Idle Rocks in St Mawes, voted Best Chef and Best Hotel Restaurant in the Cornwall Life Awards 2017 and Best Restaurant in the Trencherman’s Guide Awards 2018.
Nathan Outlaw protégé, Michelin star holder and Great British Menu winner Tom Brown takes a break from setting up his new restaurant The Cornerstone in London to cook up a storm in Porthleven and the amazing Michael Wignall. One of the most respected chefs in the UK, Michael has won Michelin stars in every kitchen he has headed since being awarded his first star in 1993. Michael is famed for his respect for food and an ever evolving style which creates unique dishes full of flavour, underpinned by a contemporary, less formal approach to fine cuisine. And Gareth Ward brings another Michelin Star and 5 Rosettes from Ynyshir Resturant and Rooms in Wales for our final demo of the weekend.
Food Festival Chairman David Turnbull said: “The Chef’s Theatre is curated each year by Jane Kereama of Kota and Kota Kai – and this year she’s once again pulled out the stops to create a stellar gastronomic line-up across two full days. The reputation of the Festival has grown over the last ten years and this time we were in a situation where we had too many excellent chefs and not enough space – hence the decision to spread the content across a full two days. I for one am very excited about witnessing and tasting some of the culinary creations whipped up at the Festival this year.”
Porthleven Food Festival is free to attend but tickets are required for the After Dark Parties. Keen foodies can also guarantee a seat in the Chef’s Theatre as well as a bridge pass for the bridge installed across the harbour entrance each year and entry to all three evening events by purchasing a Gourmet Ticket for £35. Tickets are available now at porthlevenfoodfestival.com/tickets
Over 90 food and craft stalls surrounding the harbour and all day cookery demostrations from some of the UK's biggest names. The party atmosphere is alive from start to finish with everything from classic and country to rock and reggae with the very best of local and international acts. Marvel at the firework finale!
How can you take part?
The Porthleven Food Festival is a free daytime event and a weekend not to be missed. Music entertainment on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening evenings is ticketed. For more information on the Festival go to: www.porthlevenfoodfestival.com
And there's more...
The Festival also scores with a unique atmosphere created by live music, bars around the harbour and entertainment all day long. With the exception of night-time entertainment, the festival is free to attend.
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