Despite the main day of the festival facing the worst weather conditions in its six-year history, the Porthleven Food & Musical Festival still saw plenty of people enjoying the cookery demonstrations and stalls under cover of the marquees.
Those who attended took to social media to congratulate the organisers, with one saying: “Porthleven, I blimmin’ love you. Terrible weather, amazing food festival.”
The Friday night fundraiser, organised by sponsors The Masked Ball and featuring boogie woogie blue pianist Ben Waters, was a sell out – with rumours that music legend PJ Harvey was in the crowd – but even with all that revelry the beginnings of the storm could be heard above the music.
Saturday morning saw in some very strong winds and heavy rain showers, which were stronger than forecast and made the setting up of stalls and music stages along the harbour side very difficult.
The morning winds at one point became so strong, hitting the port from south westerly on shore direction, that it meant music on the Salt Cellar stage had to be abandoned and all the stallholders relocated to the harbour head, or in some cases admit defeat by the weather altogether.
However within the main marquee, the young festival and the side of the port known as ‘Breageside’, which runs down to the Lime Kiln Music stage, the festivities went on.
The festival was opened once again by patron celebrity chef Antony Worrall Thompson, with this year’s theme being “Local food, global stage.”
Crowds still flocked and all the areas were buzzing. Stoic visitors and hardened locals, who are now pretty undaunted by adverse weather, danced all afternoon to live music, and stalls all had long queues of customers.
Meanwhile the classical performances in the new venue of St Bartholomew’s Church provided an oasis of calm.
By mid afternoon the conditions had calmed, aside from some impressive big seas that added a dramatic backdrop to the festival and a treat for storm watchers.
The music continued well into Saturday evening, with the Cadgwith Singers opening the evening events and then Duncan Disorderly getting the crowd dancing again in the packed main marquee. The night finished with local favourites Bobby’s Helmets.
Taking the trophy for “best dressed shop” this year was Four Crows Gallery owner Suzanne Williams, who was presented her prize by Mr Worrall Thompson.
Sunday morning, the final day of the festival, saw in some warm sunshine and light winds and made it hard to believe the drama of the previous day.
The main marquee was once again packed with people enjoying a day of free live music and street food, sponsored by the Blue Anchor pub.
After a closing set by the funk and soul band The Grace Notes, which had the entire marquee once again dancing, the festival weekend was closed by a firework display over the harbour.