Porthleven Food and Music Festival takes place in a quaint fishing harbour on Cornwall’s south coast, nestled between Praa Sands and Mullion. Already a major foodie hub throughout the year with some amazing restaurants on the harbourside, including Rick Stein, Amelies, Kota, Kota Kai and The Square. Attracting more than 30,000 people they have extended the Festival to take over the whole weekend, and in fact the whole of Porthleven.
This years theme was the Mad Hatter’s tea party, and walking around you could see how many shop windows had embraced the Wonderland idea, and how many people were in fancy dress. It was great to see people making fools of themselves for the good of the cause, and the theme was transferred into all competitions and demonstrations.
Throughout the weekend so much music was on offer, from local bands, to a youth orchestra and busker spots dotted around the village hosting lots of differing styles to enjoy. There was a Great Cornish Bake off and a Literary Festival being held alongside the main marquee which had lots of food demonstrations on display.
There were over 120 stalls all over the harbour and down the narrow streets offering a magnitude of Cornish produce and local treats, as well as crafts and charity fund raisers. You could get your hands on cuisine from around the world, but the Cornish produce was represented in vast numbers from beer, to fish and preserves.
Antony Worrall Thompson opened the event and took to the stage for a ready steady cook style competition to get tease the audience into what to expect over the two days. With Rick Steins son, Jack Stein, showcasing dishes from Ricks TV show and cooking demonstrations from Ben Tunnicliffe, Frances Quinn and Nicky Grant to name a few.
Too much food going on? Then there were lots of alternative activities to tickle your artistic tastebuds. Art exhibitions, charity auction, the swamp circus kids area and of course the firework finale on Sunday night! Not forgetting the local Porthleven shops open for business to browse and collect a souvenir, or the official Porthleven Food and Music festival stand selling merchandise such as tea towels and programmes.
The choice of lunchtime snack was all too great, so we decided to share a ‘Pig in the Middle’ sage and onion stuffing sausage roll, which was just hansom! And we tried a Shellfish Pig pulled pork roll with gerkin and crackling which was just melt in the mouth.
The food tent provided lots of opportunities to taste some great artisan produce; some of our highlights were the RAW chocolate bars, goji and orange was my personal favourite, and Ruby Junes curry sauces which as avid curry fans are just totally scrumptious.
The festival is such a great event and with the sunny weather that we were lucky to have you could spend hours just wondering around the stalls, making umpteen purchases, and sitting on the sunny harbour wall soaking it all in.
Keep an eye on the Porthleven Food and Music Festival website for next years festival dates.
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