What's On in Cornwall? Portleven Food Festival 26th - 28th April 2019

As with every year, Cornwall is brimming with fun events for all the family throughout summer, adding just one more reason why a trip to the Cornish coast is a must in 2019! As well as the upcoming Roseland festival, we also have the annual Portleven Food Festival, set in the stunning port harbour, which is about to celebrate its 11th birthday. Last year around 40,000 people attended the well-established event and 2019 looks even better!


From Friday 26th April to Sunday 28th April, Porthleven comes to life with music, art and of course food. There is everything from live culinary demonstrations at the Chef’s Theatre to night time musical entertainment with live bands at the Shipyard Sessions.


The Portleven Food Festival has a fantastic range of foodie delights in store to watch, experience and eat. Moors Field has numerous different street food styles on offer for you to sample your favourites and taste something new. There is also the opportunity to try products from some of the area’s excellent local food and drink suppliers.

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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

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Another event not to be missed is the Festival Flower Crown Workshops. On Saturday 27th April Lisa from Porthleven florist ‘In Bloom’ will be running courses teaching the art of fresh flower crowns. These garlands are fun to make and an excellent festival accessory. Attaching fresh flowers carefully and creatively onto a wired crown may seem simple but Lisa’s guidance will show workshop attendees this is a skill they can learn, practice and build upon throughout the session. Workshops will be held throughout the day on Saturday starting from 11am. Booking a time slot is essential and Lisa can cater for groups of up to 8 people.


Workshops are £25 with a £10 deposit required to reserve a place. All materials are provided but if you have any accessories you’d like to include bring them along. Book now by calling 01326564008 or email inbloomporthleven@gmail.com.


Once you’ve honed your sketching skills at the festival why not work a visit to our beautiful St Mawes into your trip. The village has hundreds of locations to brush up on your already well-established daily sketching routine or practice on your new-found hobby.


Built for Henry the Eighth in 1542, St Mawes Castle is a fantastic round stone structure that would be perfect for sketchers. The stunning sea view and landscape at St Anthony’s head could inspire anyone to draw and a trip on the St Mawes ferry provides a very different but equally beautiful viewpoint from which to admire the village.