The 2016 Porthleven Food Festival tops 30,000 visitors!

A view of the festival

Yet again, the Porthleven Food Festival was a huge success. This festival now in its eight year has become one of the major festivals in Cornwall. This year saw the event being held over two full days. And boy it was busy. Initial estimates on the number of people attending this year’s festival is looking at 30,000 plus. An amazing number of people for a relatively new festival in Cornwall.

This festival is made possible by the dedication of the band of volunteers who are part of the festival committee. On top of those hard-working committee members who start to be involved with the planning starting at least eight-months before the event itself; an equally important group is the  band of volunteers who help out on the days. This festival is a truly community led festival. Well done to all who make this happen.

This years festival kicked off on Friday night with the newly created Golden Oyster Awards. The Golden Oyster Awards’ were formed to celebrate and recognise the wealth of all things food that Cornwall has to offer. I had the privilege to welcome Daphne Skinnard from BBC Radio Cornwall and Malcolm Bell from Visit Cornwall to present the awards. The Ship Inn and Kota were two of the award winners which are based in Porthleven.

Though-out the weekend there was so much fantastic food on offer to sample and to buy. Also in the Shipyard Marquee, you had two days of talented chefs from Cornwall showcasing their culinary skills to large audiences. And then in both evenings, you could be entertained with music from a wide variety of musical tastes.

This year also saw the return of  the food festivals floating mascot.

Like previous year’s this festival was not just about food and music. The Moors field hosted the first Porthleven Literary Festival, as well as the young persons area which was hosted by Swamp Circus.

On Saturday evening, the festival goers were treated to a fantastic firework display that seemed to go on for ages.

Finally on Sunday saw the eagerly awaited Porthleven Food Festival Auction. This years auction had 46 lots, which had been kindly donated by businesses and individuals. The auction raised a massive £3,800 which will be shared between the festival itself and the Porthleven Lights Committee. Huge thanks have to go to my fellow auctioneer, Tom William and the glamorous ladies Suzie Williams and Ness Wellz!

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Ness, Tom, me and Suzie, the auction team!

A great festival organised by great people. Thank you and well done.

Another fantastic Porthleven Food and Music Festival (2015)

The 7th Porthleven Food and Music Festival took place over the weekend of 22nd/24th; and what a festival it was! The event kicked off on Friday night with the international band, Hayseed-Dixie, supported by Flats and Sharps playing to a packed-out crowd in the main marquee.

Hayseed-Dixie, headline the festival

Hayseed-Dixie, headline the festival

The Saturday saw the familiar opening of the festival with the cook-off between Jude from Kota and Antony Worrell-Thompson. This was followed by many other chefs displaying their skills though-out the day.

It was not just food on offer though-out the festival, but many excellent bands played on the three music stages though-out the days and into the evenings. This was more so on the Sunday when from 12 midday till 10pm the main marquee hosted a whole medley of bands catering for just about all music tastes.

New to this years festival was the bridge over the harbour. This bridge was heavily used and I had many comments of ‘it would be great to have this bridge as a permanent fixture.’ Guarding the bridge was a ‘fisherman’ from The Fisherman’s Mission who were able to raise over £600 for the mission from donations from the bridge users

The brige over the harbour

The bridge over the harbour

The 'fisherman' guarding the bridge

The ‘fisherman’ guarding the bridge

There was even an auction helping to raise money for the new Porthleven Skate Park. This auction raised over £1,700 from the generously donated items from art work, food related items and entertainment tickets. Thank you to all those who donated items for this auction.

The event finished with a fantastic firework display that was a fitting finale of another succesful event.

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This event would not be the success it is without the volunteers who give their time over many months leading up to the event, but also during the event itself. This hard work is testament to the succesful event.

All the volunteers should have our sincere thanks for this hard-work. They are a credit to Porthleven and just shows what can be achieved when people come together for a common cause.  Believe it or not, but the food festival committee will only have a few months off before they start to get ready for 2016 festival.

Thank you and well done.

Mermaid spotted floating in Porthleven Harbour!

This weekend -April 24th – 26th – the annual Porthleven Food and Music Festival takes place. The festival is now in its 7th year and each year the festival gets bigger and better. In the build up to the official start on Saturday, saw a mermaid ‘visit’ and make her new home floating in Porthleven’s inner harbour. Merface IMG_5929This excellent addition to the event was created by students from Helston College who were on hand to see their creation take to the sea. It was great to see her float in her new home. Well done to the students for an excellent creation.

The Mermaid takes to the water!

The Mermaid takes to the water!

For more details on what happening at the food and music festival including the shuttle-bus service to help with parking, please click HERE and visit the event’s website

Porthleven holds another successful Food and Music Festival

Porthleven has just held its sixth Food and Music Festival. Like previous years, this community lead event, sponsored by both local and Duchy wide businesses, was a huge success.

Sadly the weather gods were little mean on the Saturday with heavy downpours during the day. However, despite this awful weather the attendance at the festival was very good.

The food element is just one part of the event, and is mainly on the
Saturday. On Friday evening and Sunday from noon, residents and visitors were treated to a whole variety of bands and musicians who catered for just about all music tastes. Everyone of them entertaining the gathered crowd.

The success of this event lays squarely on the shoulders of the event organisers who volunteer to organise this event. Without their dedication this event would not be the success it is.

Credit should also go to the sponsors of this event. This enables the event to remain free for everyone to enjoy. The aim of the festival is for all to enjoy the event and for free. This is why the sponsorship is so important and should be recognised.

The festival was closed on Sunday evening with a terrific firework display that left people wowing, and looking forward to next years event.

Again well done, who organised, sponsored and enjoyed the delights of the festival.

Porthleven Food and Music Festival

The weekend saw the Porthleven Food and Music Festival take place. This is its fourth year, and like previous years, it was a great success with thousands of people turning up to taste, listen and buy what was on offer. Cornwall has some truly remarkable food producers. It was hard to know what to taste next, as there were so many great products to sample and buy.

It all started at 10am with the festivals patron, Anthony Worrall Thompson opening the event. He then had a Ready Steady Cook cook-off with Jude Kerema, owner and chef at Kota. This was followed throughout the day by other cooking demonstrations by local and Cornwall based chefs.

It was not just food on offer, but some great music and entertainment including Porthleven Band, local Helston girl Holly Turton, Samba Celtica and many other great acts. In total there was over 20 acts to listen and enjoy.

This event would never take place without a huge number of volunteers who not only organise the event, but help out throughout the day. Again it goes to show what a great community spirit Porthleven has to organise and put on an event like this. I certainly appreciate the work the Food Festival Committee carry-out.

I am certainly looking forward to next years event.