The theme of the 2014 Porthleven Food and Music Festival was ‘local food, global stage,’ celebrating ingredients and recipes from the West Country. The festival opened with a fund-raising bash where visitors could enjoy a variety of ethnic street food and live music by piano player Ben Waters. The festival took place throughout Porthleven harbour right up to the Cornish town’s famous clock tower.
Television chef Anthony Worrall Thompson opened the festival with a Ready Steady Cook style demonstration. Joining him was Porthleven-based chef Jude Kereama who owns the Michelin-winning restaurant Kota. As festival coordinator Hannabeth Johnson put it, ‘his annual Ready Steady Cook performance… is always an hilarious way to start the festival proceedings.’
The Family Fiesta was an initiative aimed at entertaining younger visitors. This event took place in the Porthleven Ship Yard and involved face painters, a pirate treasure hunt, cake decorating and games. Other visitors were welcome to sit by the harbour and enjoy a drink away from the buzz of the main festival.
However, the festival was not limited to food and had plenty of musical entertainment. Similarly, the festival wishes to celebrate local music and its potential to gain a broader fan base. About forty different acts featured this year, inspired by Celtic, Caribbean, Maori, flamenco and much more. These bands will perform across the Lime Kiln Stage, the Salt Cellar Stage and the Main Stage. Many of the local residents look forward to the return of the festival in 2015.