Porthleven Food Festival 2022 – Back with a new recipe

After a two-year break due to COVID, there will be plenty of changes at Porthleven Food Festival this year.

The committee says it is taking the opportunity to react to audience feedback and tweak the ingredients that go into the festival.

They have changed the way the event is organised, drawing on the expertise of a local events team who know the Festival and the region to bring content back to the Porthleven community, with a focus about fabulous food, families and local fringe events. .

The much-loved Chef’s Theater will return to sit at the heart of the event in the Harbor Head tent, hosting the best of the South West and beyond.

There are also plans for a brand new dining space – The Diner’s Club, offering a place to sit and enjoy tasting pots from our street food stalls, as well as acoustic music performances and talks.


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Food Festival President Alec Short said: “This is something we’ve been trying to fix for a long time. The idea is for the stalls in the Diner’s Club area to offer smaller jars of food at a lower price so that instead of eating one lunch dish, you can sample more – that’s the essence of what a food festival should be.

And this year the food market will be run by the team behind the Food & Farming tent at the Royal Cornwall Show – featuring quality artisan vendors from across Cornwall and the South West.

There’s no discount on free content for kids – with plenty of circus skills, parades and crafts on the playgrounds and a visit or two from the mermaid and friends of Porthleven.

The new Ann’s Pasty Lounge, replacing the Literary Tent this year, will feature family-oriented entertainment including comedy, choirs, cocktail masterclasses, gem-setting workshops and more. Busk Stops brings the sounds of daytime music to the entire site.

The event started as a way to support local businesses and we are delighted that this year many of our businesses are creating their own content for the festival.

From exhibitions in art galleries to groups in pubs, Porthleven is gearing up to welcome people from Origin Coffee on Methleigh Bottoms to the Atlantic Inn on the hill behind the Porthleven sign.

This year the festival is not selling tickets but rather asking people to donate towards the running of the event.

Alec added: “There will be no tickets this year – we want the festival to remain free for anyone who can’t afford it. But it costs £150,000 to run the festival in its current format. – this is for all infrastructure, staff and events. And we have a funding shortfall. So we’re asking if you’re enjoying the festival this year, or if you’ve enjoyed it in the past, whether you help to secure its future by donating.We are a not-for-profit event – so any profits beyond what we need to run the festival will be donated to Porthleven events and organisations.

“If you are going to be in Porthleven from April 22-24, please donate generously to collectors on the playgrounds, Fore Street and outside our Chiefs Theater on the Harbor Head. We will have collection buckets for the cash, card readers and a QR code.”

Or you can donate now at: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/porthlevenfoodfestival