This year’s Porthleven Food and Music Festival will take place on Saturday, April 26 around the picturesque harbour, and will be officially opened at 10am by Festival patron and celebrity chef Antony Worrall Thompson.
The free to visit festival will be themed ‘Local Food, Global Stage’ and organisers hope it will be the most exciting to date, encompassing world flavours, music and entertainment.
Now in its sixth year the festival is going from strength to strength, attracting a staggering 18,000 people to the historic port during the main festival day in 2013.
Hannabeth Johnson, festival coordinator, said: “This year Cornish specialities and traditional British favourites will sit alongside the exotic tastes and smells of street food from around the world. All to the backdrop of an eclectic mix of music and entertainment.
“The theme this year celebrates world food's influence on Cornwall’s cuisine and how our local food has been revered and enjoyed on a global stage.”
The 2014 festival theme will pay homage to the Cornish forefathers who travelled from the county’s shores to far off places to make their way in the world, the influences of which can be seen in Cornish cooking today and in places such as Mexico where they still hold an annual pasty festival.
As well as all day cooking demonstrations there will be more than 90 food and craft stalls surrounding the harbour with an emphasis this year on world street food.
Visitors can enjoy Spanish churros for breakfast, Japanese sushi for lunch and Filipino Adobo pork for supper, or whatever takes their fancy as they wander around savouring the sights, smells and sounds.
The music offering this year will be an eclectic mix of the traditional and modern, local and international and will be performed during the daytime on two outdoor music stages situated on the historic harbour side, then moving into the main marquee for more bands, revelry and dancing into the night.
Organisers are introducing a new classical music offering to the festival for 2014. St Bartholomew’s Church will play host to numerous renowned classical and choir performances over the course of the festival weekend, starting with the Heironymus Quartet on Friday, April 25 at 6.30pm.
The festival will also be embracing the arts and in particular films. Half Cut Cinema, a Porthleven based film company, will be hosting a film festival over the festival weekend.
There will also be a young person’s festival area with performances, music, art and cooking workshops in a designated marquee with outdoor entertainment, stalls and games to keep the young and young at heart festival goers happy.
This year people can make a whole weekend of it, with the fun starting on the night before the main food festival day, Friday, April 25, with a ticket only fundraiser evening in the main marquee featuring a ‘beer festival’ style bar, indoor street food market and music by Jools Holland’s favourite Boogie Woogie pianist Ben Waters and his band.
The fun and dancing will carry on for those with the stamina through to Sunday, April 27 with a live music day in the main marquee from 11.30am to 9.30pm, featuring popular local bands, choirs and performers, a ‘Spingo’ bar and yet more delicious street food.