The Chef’s Theatre at the Portleven Food Festival has some big names in the culinary world ready to show you how to make the best of your cooking skills. Anthony Worrall Thompson kicks it all off at 10am on Saturday 27th April with chefs Stephane Delourme of Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant in Padstow, Mick Smith of Porthminster Beach Cafe, St Ives and Cornwall College led by senior lecturers Nick Batten and Mark Devonshire (with lots of help from current students) keeping festival goers entertained over the weekend.
Although food is the obvious theme of the Portleven Food Festival, music comes a close second. The festival line up is a fantastic mix of local talent as well as some of the UK’s best acts. During the day the Lime Kiln stage, located next to the harbour, is brimming with an eclectic mix of folk, jazz and choirs. It will be the third year of a successful partnership with BBC Music Introducing in Cornwall supporting unsigned, undiscovered yet hugely talented artists. The local BBC Music Introducing programmes on the BBC’s 40 Local Radio stations find and support local musicians, giving them a platform, such as the Porthleven Food Festival, for their material to be shared.
The eclectic festival also has a number of art events.
A highlight of these art focused experiences, the Walking Sketchbook Workshops begin at 10am on Friday 26th April. Led by local artist Melanie Chadwick, the workshops aim to ‘capture your own, unique memories of the food festival’. During the workshop Melanie guides sketchers through the picturesque harbour village which has natural beauty from the gorgeous views of the Cornish coastline, the man-made beauty of the architecture of the fishing village but also the spectacle of the festival itself with all its flags, stalls and of course, visitors. Melanie will not only guide you to the spots with most inspiring sights but also give advice on how to transport what you see to the pages of your sketchbook. On top of all this she will also give a short talk on how to keep a sketchbook and work it into your daily life.
Workshops are 2 hours long and cost from £20 when booked online in advance. Just bring yourself, your imagination and a bag to carry your supplies. Sketchbooks will be provided along with a selection of drawing materials. Tickets available at http://bit.ly/sketchbookworkshop