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16th & 17th APRIL 2016

F e s t i va l Programme ÂŁ2.00 where sold

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Welcome to the Porthleven Food Festival 2016 It’s been quite a year since the 20,000 of you lovely people turned up to help us celebrate the 2015 Festival. Since then, we’ve been a-plotting and a-planning to bring you a mad, mad Mad Hatter’s Tea Party for 2016. You’ll find over 120 food and craft exhibitors, chef demos, street food, kids area and oodles of music and entertainment in a fun-packed programme of events.

Mad Hatter’s Tea Party



Don your best hat on Saturday night for our Mad Hatter’s Ball – there’s a prize for the best mad hat and fancy dress is definitely encouraged. More on p.24.

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?’ ‘That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,’ said the Cat. Also new for 2016

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Our theme for 2016 is the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party and on Sunday we’re holding our first annual Great Cornish Bake Off in association with Porthleven WI. More on p.46-47.

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• Musical busk stops showcasing acoustic talent around the harbour across the weekend plus our fullon After Dark Parties. • Friday evening’s Golden Oyster Awards – recognising the best local food producers. More on p.8. • Our fabulous LitFest featuring fabulous local authors and food for the mind and soul. More on p. 31-6. • Seven bars including a beer tent serving over 30 ales from across Cornwall. More on p. 51 • New Shipyard Cooking Theatre and party tent with more space to watch our Saturday demos (p.10-13) and enjoy our after parties. Phew! See you there.

The Committee


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Special thanks also to all our supporters — we couldn’t do it without you:

Trevor Osborne, Fully Fused, Helston School, Nauti but Ice, Porthleven WI, Cornwall College, Kota, Mullion Cove Hotel, Anne’s Pasties, Trevena Cross Nurseries, Tarquin’s Gin, Cornwall Living, Porthleven Town Council, Andy Wallis (Community Chest Fund), Porthleven School, Stargazey, Four Crows Gallery, Southgate’s Cornish Crab, The Horse & Jockey and all volunteers and local businesses who have helped this year.



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F RI D A Y Opening Party

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Daphne Skinnard BBC Radio Cornwall

A Friday night knees up & The Golden Oyster Food Awards, in association with Visit Cornwall. At Porthleven Food Festival we’re all about celebrating the very best food from Cornwall and beyond. This year we’re going a step further and are extremely proud to introduce the Golden Oyster Food Awards, in association with Visit Cornwall and presented by Daphne Skinnard from BBC Radio Cornwall.

There’ll be a dazzling awards ceremony recognising the best food producers around from 7.30pm followed by street food, music and dancing till late. Get your tickets now at or with cash at Nauti But Ice, Stargazey or Four Crows Gallery in Porthleven. £10 each.

At last the Dodo said, ‘everybody has won, and all must have prizes.’

Music from 8.30pm Polly Money With a melodious, sun-kissed voice and pop songs that offer a cheeky wink on the way out of your ear, 20-year-old Polly is Cornish through and through. She’s been writing songs, playing guitar and piano since childhood and her debut 2013 release The That Guy EP saw her perform in Paris to 80,000 people supporting Muse at the Stade de France. Handpicked by the BBC Introducing team to play at Glastonbury Festival in 2014, Polly’s performance ensured that their support continued with airplay from Tom Robinson on 6Music and David White on BBC Radio Cornwall. Polly is currently organising the release of ‘The Adventures of the 90’s Kid’ a 6 track mini record.

Flats and Sharps


Blurring the lines between bluegrass, folk and country, local boys Flats and Sharps have gained a nationwide recognition for Read our inter view with performing their own highly original songs Kirk from Flats and as well as fresh renditions of bluegrass Sharps on page 28 and classics. These five incredible young catch them again around musicians have honed their skills in more the harbour over the than 300 live performances over four years weekend.. charming and wowing audiences across the UK along the way. They’ve just released their second album, King of My Mind and are preparing for a European tour.

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Imagine steam punk infused Bob Dylan wrestling The Pogues with Bez in a top-hat, dancing alongside. Intrigued? This superb six piece have mesmerized audiences at over 400 live gigs with their old fashioned sense of “Its knock out rootsy folk showmanship and raucous blues rock, that has choruses addled industrial folk. as big as the room.” Crack Magazine



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Sat u r day Chef ’s Theatre From gastropubs to seaside eateries we’ve scoured the best of the South West to bring you a cornucopia of chefs to cook up a Porthleven-worthy storm and make your tastebuds dance. Sponsored by Above Beach Cottages

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11am Josh Eggleton – The Pony & Trap, Bristol Aged just 15 Josh started working at his local fish and chip shop. Since then his passion for food led him to become one of the youngest Michelin starred chefs in the country aged just 27 at his country pub The Pony & Trap near Bristol. The pub is recognised as one of the best gastropubs in the country as Josh loves cooking unpretentious, sustainable food using local, organically farmed produce. He also runs his own food festival, Eat Drink Bristol Fashion, based in tipis in Bristol’s historic Queen Square.

DID YOU KNOW?: The Chef’s Theatre is free to attend but we do pass a hat round after each demo. Any spare change you can donate is hugely appreciated and enables us to keep our demos free of charge.

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Did you know? Josh turned down jobs with the likes of Gord on Ramsay, Ange la Hartnett and Marcus Warei ng to move back to his roots in South Bristol an d open a place of his own.

Antony Worrall Thompson – The Kew Grill and The Greyhound Antony is our festival patron and an award winning chef, author, television presenter and broadcaster. He’s best known to TV audiences for the BBC’s Ready Steady Cook and Saturday Kitchen. He now spends most of his time indulging his passion for food at his two restaurants, creating ‘real food for real people’ at The Kew Grill and pub classics at The Greyhound, near Henley-on-Thames. Antony calls the kitchen his playground where he loves to experiment with ingredients using modern and classic methods.

Jude Kereama – Kota and Kota Kai, Porthleven Hailing from New Zealand (he’s half Maori, a quarter Chinese and a quarter Malaysian), Jude and his wife Jane run Kota Restaurant with rooms, and Kota Kai here in Porthleven. Kota has been awarded 2 Rosettes by the AA and a Bib Gourmand from The Michelin Guide, as well as being named as one of The Telegraph’s Top 50 summer restaurants in Britain.


Jude creates fresh, exciting dishes using local organic meat and fish with his renowned Asian twist. &


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Noon Ben Tunnicliffe – Tolcarne Inn, Newlyn. The Beach, Sennen. Classically trained Ben Tunnicliffe has owned and worked at restaurants across Cornwall including the Michelin starred Abbey Restaurant in Penzance and the prestigious Scarlett Hotel. in 2012, Ben took over the Tolcarne Inn in Newlyn, producing fabulous seasonal fare in a relaxed setting. The Inn holds a Bib Gourmand and being literally a stones throw from one of the best and most diverse fish markets in the country it’s no wonder the pub has become a popular destination to enjoy the amazing bounty of our local waters. Ben has also opened an eponymous eatery at Sennen Cove – a relaxed and friendly environment with a menu featuring family favourites and coastal classics, executed to perfection using local, seasonal t enjoying “It is all abou produce. g people in ak m d an life smile.” &


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1pm Jack Stein & Simon Allott – Rick Stein, Porthleven Jack Stein, the middle son of Rick and Jill Stein started as a kitchen porter in the family’s flagship Seafood Restaurant in Padstow in his school holidays. He is now the executive chef across their restaurants in Cornwall and beyond. Jack likes to bring the world cuisine he has sampled on his travels to his family‘s restaurants using the knowledge he has gained to adapt local ingredients into dishes that reflect the culture of the places he has been. Simon moved to Cornwall in 2014 and after working as head chef at the Carbis Bay Hotel, took over the head chef position at Rick Stein, Porthleven.  He grew up just outside of Manchester but now lives in Carbis Bay with his partner and children. He spent summers learning how to cook in Cornwall before moving to France where he worked as head chef at L’Atelier Gourmand. porthleven/

2pm Fiona Were After training in New Zealand, Fiona has been in the UK for 16 years and has worked in establishments including the Fifteen, Cornwall, the Greenbank Hotel and the Mullion Cove Hotel. Along the way Fiona has been awarded some top accolades including being named one of the top 10 female chefs in the UK by The Independent on Sunday and a couple of AA Rosettes too. She even admits to a few TV appearances. She now runs her own business offering private dining experiences in homes and holiday accommodation across Cornwall and beyond.


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3pm Nicky Grant, Patissiere and Chocolatier – Chocolaterie & Chocolate school, Helston Award winning chocolatier and patissiere Nicky works from her kitchen studio in West-Cornwall making wedding cakes, chocolate sculptures, fresh chocolates & truffles and wedding favours.


“As a trained designer Nicky combines her design skills in sugar and and patissiere, I am passion chocolate craft with the best local ingredients ate abo ut exceptional design including Cornish cream, butter and eggs, wild , finish and taste.” flower honey and Cornish Seasalt to create some of the most sought after cakes and chocolates in the country. She now teaches a range of courses in the art of chocolate.

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Stew Eddy – The Square, Porthleven


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Originally from Marazion, Stew trained with Raymond Blanc at Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons and with Michael Caines at Gidleigh Park. As Head Chef at Hunstrete House, Bath, he was awarded his first Michelin star and 3 AA Rosettes. He took over the Victoria Inn, Perranuthnoe in 2006 with his wife Anna and awards, accolades and recognition culminated in a Michelin Bib Gourmand in 2013 and 2 AA Rosettes the following year. The couple then opened The Square at Porthleven in 2012, a bistro style café/restaurant serving amazing dishes using the best of the seasonal, local ingredients Cornwall has to offer. Did you know


Stew will be cooking alongside his Head Chef Bryok Williams

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Chef ’s Recipes



Cornish Chilli Crab “This is a variant of the classic Singapore chilli crab using British brown crab which has a much sweeter flavour. I also like to add some Marmite to the soy sauce to deepen the savoury flavour of the sauce. This is a perfect dish to be shared as it involves lots of mess and is always a great conversation starter!” Jack Stein photo ©”



1. Put the crab on its back on the chopping board, so that the claws and softer body section face upwards, then simply twist off the main claws, leaving the legs attached to the body. 2. Now put your thumbs against the hard shell close to the crab’s tail, and push and prise the body section out and away from the shell, the legs should still be attached to the body. 3. Remove the small stomach sac situated just behind the crab’s mouth and pull away the feather-like gills (dead man’s fingers) which are attached along the edges of the centre part and discard. 4. Using a teaspoon, scoop out the brown meat from inside the shell and reserve.


5. Chop the body into quarters and then cut the main claws in half at the joint. Crack the shells of each piece with a hammer or the back of a large knife. 6. Heat the oil, garlic, ginger and chilli in a wok for a minute to allow their aromas to release. 7. Next, turn up the heat and fry off the brown crab meat, then add the ketchup, soy, marmite and water. These all add savoury and sweet notes to the finished dishes. 8. Now stir-fry the crab for 2 minutes and finally finish with chopped coriander and spring onions. 9. Serve immediately with lots of finger bowls and napkins as this is a messy dish.

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Ingredients (Serves 4): 2 kg cooked brown crab 4 tablespoons groundnut or sunflower oil 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped 2.5 cm (1 inch) fresh root ginger, finely chopped 3 medium-hot, red, Dutch chillies, finely chopped 4 tablespoons tomato ketchup 2 tablespoons dark soy sauce 1 teaspoon marmite 150 ml (5 fl oz) water 2 spring onions, cut into 5 cm (2 inch) pieces and shredded lengthways Handful of chopped fresh coriander

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E X I B ITORS List of 2016 As you wander around, choose from a feast of exotic and homely fare on offer from our talented street food and craft vendors at this year’s festival.

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The Tin Cup Bangers on the go Nomad Events Downright Delicious Chimichurri Cornwall Salvador Thali Café Sizzle Grills Proper Pancakes The Mexican Bean Katies Cornish Hot Pots Classic Cottages Savage & Bean Cornwall Wildlife Trust Pieroth Ltd Penn Boylan Ceramics Mr Olive Danka Napiorkowska China Jonkers RNLI Ivy Joan Maison Rustique Porthleven Neighourhood Plan Fishermens Mission Helpful Holidays Barking Mad Cornwall Sidetract West Briton

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The Snow Zone Designed by Brett and Levi Heart FM Silver Server Eat Me 303 Body Arts Candy Floss Heaven Thai Style Big Pan Parties Espresso Mobile Barista Café Manjula Catering Porthleven PTA Thyme & Tide Harding & Scoots The Garden Kitchen Cornish Tea Raw Chocolate Pie Cornish Edible Insects Knightor Winery Vicky’s Bread Brownie Baker Cornish Sea Salt Chocolarder Treveador Farm Dairy The Dukkah Co Wessex Pantry Curio Spirits Co

• Kernow Inferno

• Cornish Seaweed Co.

• Food Box Farm

• Donut Dollies

• The Cornish Black Bee

• Julie Duggan Designs

• Country House Foods

• Sea Girl Creations

• Ruby Junes Indian Kitchen

• Pixie Bags

• Blands Cider

• Cornishwear

• Primrose Herd

• Made T Home

• Kennall Vale Cheese

• West Country Fayre

• Polgoon Vineyard & Orchard

• Caitilins

• Trewithen Dairy • Bango Kitchen • Origin Coffee • The Little Cornish Pantry • Worthy Cheddar • Cornish Cream • Cornish Duck Company • Riverford Home Delivery • Helford Creek • Glastonbury Dairy • The Cornish Gin Distillery • Yumberries • Food of the Gods • Cornish Meadow Preserves • Tarquins Gin • Honest Brew • The Garden Lady • Porthleven W I

• Pea Souk • Defender Coffee • Choccy Churros • Essa Collection • Andy Russell • Momad • Chris Noonan • Above Beach Cottages • Flavors Of Africa • Truly Crumptious • The Shellfish Pig • Porthleven Gig Club • The Outback Shack • St Ia Silver • Greek to Go • Chocolate Kiss


• Love Coastline

• BBC Radio Cornwall

• Farmacy Orchards

• The Cornish Venison Co

• Katoli

• Artisan Crepes

• MKS Distribution

• At Home Catering

• National Trust Porthleven

• Yallah Coffee

• Two Kissing Fish

• Deliciously Squared

• Kingsely Smythe

• Jumunji

• Rigatoni’s Pasta

• Lafafa

• Pig In The Middle

• Just Pigs Cornwall

• Ribs, Wings & Rings


Kids Zone

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QER Don’t miss our fabulous firew ork extravaganza on Saturday at 9pm . This year the display has been designed by pupil’s at Porthlev en School working with Fully Fuse d. fully

The Children’s Festival presented by Swamp Circus Trust, is held on The Moors Playing Field Sat and Sunday between 10am and 6pm, its a two day festival of activities including: circus workshops, dance workshops, live music, storytelling, eco crafts, arts and crafts, entertainers, fairground rides, theatre performances, face painting and food and craft stalls galore! There is loads going on for all the family no matter what age or ability. Swamp Circus Trust is a charity focused on using circus skills to improve the lives of children, young people and adults

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Little Big Top Program of Saturday and Sunday 10.30 - Swamp Circus School for all ages especially mums and dads. Have a go on a trapeze, learn acrobatics, tight wire, juggling, unicycle and stilts

3.00 - The Whipple Tree Band / The Devils Hat Band - Dance for all with caller and Cornish tunes for your feet !

12.00 - Circo Kernow Curiosity Cabaret - Colourful spectacular fun for all the family Trapeze and aerial dancers, a monkey queen and robot.. toys come to life and clowns sing!

4.30 - Circus have a go - From hat tricks and diablos to hula hoops and handstands!

1.00 -  The Mr Be Clown show  - interactive stupidity and classy skills!

Face-painting, fairground rides and healthy, delicious food and drink around the big top.

2.00 - Swamp Circus and The Roustabouts cabaret band

Look out for giant walkabouts, jugglers, conjurers, troubadours and mischievous clowns around the site.

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5.30 - Porthleven Signing Choir on Saturday only (Porthleven primary school)

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Sat u r day Music

“Will you, won’t you, will you, won’t you, will you join the dance?”

From a buskers party around the harbour by day to our rip-roaring After Dark Parties there’s plenty of opportunity to sit back and relax to some tunes… or enjoy a good ol’ Cornish knees up!

Our very own Porthleven Town band, kick off the daytime music with a performance on both Saturday and Sunday morning at 10.15am in the Harbour Head bar. Throughout both daytimes you can enjoy free live music while you wander around the port at our Busk Stops (more on p.26).

Listen out for the start of the Festival at 10am on Saturday when the rarely heard bells of Porthleven’s iconic Clock Tower ring out to signify the start of the fun. Thank you to Porthleven Town Council for arranging this.

The Cadgwith Singers kickstart the evening entertainment with some Traditional Sea Shantys. Watch them perform on the Harbour Head at 6pm.

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And don’t miss the fireworks at 9pm.

Shipyard Tent – Mad Hatter’s Ball – 7 to 11pm Tickets £10 from

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The Mad Cows Let loose your party animal and experience ‘Post Modernist Bovine Smut Funk’ as The Mad Cows roll into town. Pumping out a melodic mix of folky funk and melodic mayhem, these guys combine audience participation and infectious grooves that will leave you asking yourself “ Am I Bovvered?”, “Does that Make me Lazy?” and “Hit Me Baby One More Time”.

SU N d a y Music Shipyard tent – from 4 to 9pm FREE ENTRY Shanty Bringing a modern twist to classic roots reggae, this London-based band have just released their new album Nowhere to Nowhere and are touring in 2016. Shanty have performed all over the UK and Europe playing packed out shows and appearing at prestigious music festivals including Glastonbury, Boomtown Fair, Secret Garden Party, Bestival, Kendal Calling, Ostroda Reggae Festival, Outlook Festival and many more.

Be captivated by sweet honey melodies with a whiskey kick over a strong rhythm guitar. Cornish singer Louella has influences in every genre so expect songs that reach from folk to blues to rock and roll. Loella has supported The Levellers and engages her audiences through both song and conversation.

Biere De Luxe Smashing it on the live circuit recently these Cornish boys deliver a hectic, rum-fuelled blend of gypsy punk, shanty, rock n roll and more. With gigs across the UK and Europe under their belt they fuel stomping feet that crave the itch of a good ol’ knees up, while always keeping their Kernow roots.

Boundless Brothers Expect pop and rock sounds with folk influences from this fabulous five piece. After they released their debut EP Untold in November 2014, interviews and airtime followed through BBC Introducing along with press coverage including a video review of their first single by The Guardian. Last summer they performed at folk festivals including The Den at Cambridge, Shrewsbury, Warwick, Sidmouth Fringe and the BBC Introducing stage at CiderFest.

FABULOUS FIREWORKS Don’t miss our fabulous firework extravaganza on Saturday at 9pm. This year the display has been designed by pupil’s at Porthleven School working with Fully Fused.


“Jamaica’s authentic dubwise bass & rhy thm s blended with a new UK twist, soulful vocals and a jazzy brass band, I’m hooked!” Becca D, MT V / Beats 1

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Grapefruit Moon Distinctive individual vocals, fine blended harmonies and a range of acoustic instruments. Grapefruit Moon are Rachel Williams, Stuart Ellis and Steve Panter. This trio has a love of varying musical styles and come together at a junction where Americana meets folk music. With their Welsh Harp, acoustic guitars and double bass they perform sumptuous original songs and give an inventive twist to any music that moves them.



Drift between folk and blues with a tinge of country as Kezia’s lyric based songs and thoughtful melodies on the guitar and piano float across the main tent. Her musical abilities have also gained her slots supporting artists including The Proclaimers, Kaiser Chiefs and she’s played at some major UK Festivals. Her powerful lyrics and beautiful voice has earned her the Cornish Guardian’s What’s on Awards Best Female for two years in a row.

KEEPING IT LOCAL ON SATURDAY 16th Check out the Singing Seagulls choir at the Atlantic Inn at 8.30pm, Mighty Voodoo Den at the Harbour Inn at 9pm and Shabby Chic at Out of the Blue from 9pm. Plus don’t miss the Porthleven Garage band in the LitFest tent from 7.30pm.


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B US K STO P S We’re mixing things up during the daytime this year with five Busk Stops around the Harbour showcasing some fantastic acoustic talent across Saturday and Sunday. From Porthleven Town Band opening proceedings with their beautiful brass sound to the funky beats of Samba Celtica there’ll be a real party kicking off around the harbour. Roam around and discover some cool new sounds and street performers.


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C LASSI C AL music Penzance Youth String Orchestra with Kerenza Hurr Soprano

A sophisticated evening of classical performances to include: Elgar - Serenade for Strings Walton - Pieces from Henry V Bruce - Two Downland Songs Schubert - String Quartet in G minor

MUSIC FROM: Flats and Sharps

Charlotte Lloyd Butler

Original songs and toe-tapping renditions of bluegrass classics.

Singer/ songwriter performing haunting acoustic folk and pop.

James Dundon

Natahaniel Truscott

Returning with his beautiful Dutch street organ that’s been entertaining and enchanting people since the 1920’s.

Performing originals and covers with a chilled acoustic vibe.

Kate Plumtre Rock, pop, jazz and blues.

Louelle Jade Eke

Lois French Indie jazz and folk.

Pearl Love

Sweet honey melodies with a whiskey kick .

Acoustic tunes on guitar and ukulele from this Falmouth student.

Folk Outlaws

Will Mead

Traditional folk.

Jazz rock and pop covers.

David and Freya

Will Sid Smith

Acoustic duo playing sing along and folk classics from the likes of Johnny Cash to Ed Sheeran — and the odd original too.

A melodic pop sound with diverse influences, Will describes his sound as Enercholy (Melancholy with Energy).

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Saturday 16th April 7pm St Bartholomew’s Church, Church Row, Porthleven Penzance Youth String Orchestra present a broad range of classical music, brought to life with infectious energy, musical vitality and compelling performance style. Nationally recognised ambassadors for the best of music making in Cornwall, the players have made an outstanding reputation for themselves with popular concerts

across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and regular appearances in London and Birmingham. With a reputation for innovation and a commitment to exploring and expanding the repertoire for string orchestra, be prepared for a musical journey through the familiar and the unexpected.

£8 including an interval glass of Prosecco. Tickets from Porthleven Holiday Cottages office or contact Rosie Hughes on 01326 574270 or rosie.

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an interview with Flats and Sharps Flats and Sharps have played every Porthleven Food Festival since the event began. This year, as well as performing on the Main Stage on Friday night, they’ll also be going old school to put in an appearance at our Busk Stops around the Harbour on Saturday. The last year has been a total whirlwind for the

band who’ve recorded and released new album King of My Mind on their own label. They’ve a tour of Europe planned for 2016 alongside multiple UK Festival appearances. But each year Flats and Sharps give their management a list of days to hold sacred and free of other engagements. Porthleven Food Festival is always on that list. We got the lowdown from the band’s banjo player and singer-songwriter Kirk ‘only the best’ Bowman.

On the new album… King of My Mind was released in March and went straight into the charts in HMV and the sales were better than expected which is fantastic. We took a manger’s deal on and they got us to focus on our originals, which is actually the stuff we want to be doing. They put us in a studio in Devon where there were no pubs and hardly any WiFi and left us there for four days with David McEwan one of the best producers in the UK who’s worked on Plan B’s The Defamation of Strickland Banks, amongst other things. We were let loose to be as creative as we wanted and we’ve done some new stuff we never thought we’d do on a record.

On their fifth member… Everyone’s in for an extra treat this year as we’ve got a fifth member who couldn’t make last year’s Festival because he lives up in Carlisle. We knew of Danny on the bluegrass scene and always wanted a fiddle player to add something more to our sound. He’s fantastic.

together. We’ve got the management in place and we’ve deliberately released the album on our own label. If you go with a label you can very easily be big for a short amount of time and then die out. But then there are bands who stay around and that’s what we’re aiming for by self-releasing. So it goes from being a sprint to being a marathon and we plan to keep this band going for a very long time. King of My Mind is available to buy in all good record stores and on iTunes and is even available on vinyl. Find out more about the boys at



Left to right: Danny ‘D4’ Hart, Kirk ‘only the best’ Bowman, Liam ‘Leemoan’ Fitzharris, Mikey ‘Pikey’ Ponsford and Josh ‘Jish’ Warner.


For us Porthleven Food Festival marks the start of the summer – it’s a home feeling and it’s so important.

On Porthleven Food Festival… For us, Porthleven Food Festival marks the start of the summer – it’s a home feeling and it’s so important because when we started you guys gave us a chance. We end up high off life after the Food Festival because we get such great feedback.

On moving up… The last few months it really feels like everything we’ve been pushing for is coming

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Literary Fringe Festival Located on the beautiful Lizard peninsula, surrounded by top quality producers who help create mouthwatering dishes for the evening menu.

At prices that won’t break the bank!

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“When is a raven like a writing desk?”

Food for the mind and the soul… For the first time at Porthleven Food Festival we’ve added a fringe Literary Festival: food for thought from authors, writers, poets and performers. We’re joined by Caught by the River’s resident DJ Stephen ‘Spoonful’ Parker who’ll be keeping the chilled vibe going all weekend with specially picked vinyl sounds.  

Take the opportunity to come and meet the contributors, browse our stalls and maybe join us for a coffee... or a beer, or two. Keep up with the latest info on Twitter @PorthlevenLitFest

Saturday 10.30am | Songs of Welcome | Danu Fox Singer, ceramonialist and celebrant Danu Fox introduces Earth Singing; strong natural vocals of place and landscape.

11am | Getting Started Fiction Workshop | Wyl Menmuir Novelist, Wyl Menmuir explores ways to start writing your book. Using the exercises that helped him as he wrote his debut novel, Wyl will explore the habits you’ll need to develop to keep going. And to finish. Bring a notebook, a pen and an open mind. Wyl lives on the north coast of Cornwall with his wife and two children and works as a freelance editor and literacy consultant. His first novel The Many  is released by Salt Publishing on 15 June, 2016.


12.30pm | The Mermaid’s Knowledge Sirens from Homer to Zennor | Alex Woodcock

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‘We know everything that happens on the teeming earth’ say the sirens in Homer’s Odyssey. Their song is seductive, mesmeric, lethal… leading the listener to disaster. Alex explores the imagery and folklore of the mermaid as well as her connection to creativity and place.

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Alex is a writer and stonecarver. After completing a PhD on medieval sculpture he became a stonemason and spent six years at Exeter Cathedral conserving its iconic west front. He has written two books on medieval sculpture. His third, on the Romanesque carving of Devon and Cornwall, will be published later this year.


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2pm | The journey to publication | Liz Kessler Liz has written sixteen novels for children and young adults. Her books have sold over four million copies worldwide, have appeared on the New York Times Bestsellers list and have been translated into twenty-five languages. Liz will talk about her journey to publication – including how she made ends meet whilst starting out, working with foreign editors, and the book that took fifteen years to get published. She’ll share her top tips for anyone trying to get published in today’s market, and will answer questions from the tent. Read more about Liz, Liz’s first Young Adult novel, Read Me Like A her best selling Emily Book, was published last year, and features a Windsnap series and a seventeen-year-old girl exploring her sexuality Hollywood film deal in and coming out as gay. It has been described by international bestselling author our inter view on page 34. Jodi Picoult as ‘a welcome reminder that love is love, no matter what,’ and Hear her talking about by bestselling author Sarah Waters as ‘a warm, funny, engaging novel about her YA books on Sunday friendship, family and following your heart.’ at 2pm.

Sunday 11am | Spriggans, Piskies and Kick-Boxing Killers | Lucy Cooper and Joy Salisbury What lurks beyond Cornwall’s sunshine, surf and golden sands? Join writers Joy Salisbury and Lucy Cooper as they share the influence Cornwall has on their work. Joy lives and works in Penzance. She writes English Seaside Thrillers featuring Winciette Jenkins, ice-cream lady assassin.


3.30pm | Desert Island Books | Ella Berthoud and Antony Worrall-Thompson Writer and Bibliotherapist, Ella Berthoud, will interview celebrity chef Anthony Worrall-Thompson, asking the audience to help in prescribing books to Anthony. Also, the audience will be asked for their literary ailments with instant prescriptions available for dispensing! Ella started reading on a journey from Tehran to London when she was five. She spent the next thirteen years reading books in inappropriate places like ski-lifts and trampolines. She’s studied English Literature and Fine Art and co-published The Novel Cure: An A to Z of Literary Remedies with Susan Elderkin. Ella lives in West Sussex with her husband and three daughters.

Writing as Joy Johnson Boswell, she’s currently penning a book on the Spanish Civil War. Lucy is a writer with a love of folklore and fairy tales. She grew up in the wilds of West Penwith and is the author of the latest in the best-selling Element Encyclopedia series, The Element Encyclopedia of Fairies (HarperCollins, 2014).

QER “We’ve got a range of authors, writers, performers and poets taking part across the two days with vinyl sounds creating the vibe and book signings. Everyone’s welcome to join us for a boogie, a beer or a discussion. It’s not going to be stuffy, quiet or pretentious!” Organiser Jay Armstrong.

5pm | On the Road not Taken | Paul Dodgson An hour of storytelling, folk music and memoir by writer and performer Paul Dodgson. Paul is a writer, playwright, radio producer, composer and musician. He has written 14 plays for BBC Radio 4, spent 18 months as part of the Eastenders writing team and was the writer on the award winning drama-documentary series Monsters We Met for BBC2. He has also written the music and lyrics for four musicals at Theatre Royal Bath. On the Road not Taken has been commissioned by BBC Radio 4 as an Afternoon Drama to be transmitted in 2016.


6pm | Performance Poetry Be soothed, amused, challenged and maybe shocked. With:

Zach Jackson | Emotive, image-laden poetry accompanied by minimal atmospheric arrangements. Quiet people yelling.

From the death of the Harrier to the birth of the new British super carriers, musings on life and leadership from Captain Ade Orchard, Commanding Officer Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose”. Joining the Royal Navy in 1986, he qualified as a Sea Harrier pilot. After flying extensively from aircraft carriers HMS Illustrious, Invincible and Ark Royal, he commenced a three year exchange in the USA flying the Harrier AV-8B. Returning to the UK he flew the Harrier GR7 and in 2006 took command of 800 Naval Air Squadron. Tours in Afghanistan were followed by MOD and a further USA tour in the Pentagon, taking command of Culdrose in 2015.

2pm | YA fiction (& cake) | Lisa Glass et al Four authors, who live in Cornwall or whose books are set in Cornwall, discuss writing young adult (YA) fiction. Join Lisa Glass, Lu Hersey, Liz Kessler and Anna McKerrow for an informal panel event, with a chance to share tea and cakes with them afterwards. Lisa Glass is the author of the Blue trilogy of young adult novels, set within the surf community of Newquay. The first of the series is currently being adapted into a film directed by award-winning screenwriter and director John Duigan (Sirens, Head in the Clouds).

Lisa Glass Lu Hersey is the author of Deep Water, a mesmerizing mystery set in a beautiful, remote Cornish village. Deep Water was the winner of the 2013 Mslexia Children’s Novel Writing Award and was recently longlisted for the prestigious Branford Boase Award.


Kym Martindale | Teacher at Falmouth University, living up a muddy lane in Cornwall. Writes poetry when she can.

Liz Kessler has written sixteen books for children and young adults. She writes middle grade novels about mermaids, fairies, time travel and superpowers, and young adult novels about teenagers coming of age, falling in love and discovering their identity.

Nathan Hardy | Performance poet changing the world one stanza at a time.

Anna McKerrow is the author of Crow Moon and Red Witch. Anna is the Children’s Books Editor at Booktrust. She has also published four volumes of poetry and taught creative writing in adult education for seven years. Anna is a Pagan, reads the tarot, is a Reiki practitioner, and is a little bit obsessed with stone circles.

Sarah Cave & Ben Wilson | Students at Falmouth University

7.30pm | The Garage Band

A musical excursion of improvised soundscape and verse, inspired by the contents of a weasel’s satchel. Although having never played the same piece twice, the Garage Band, regularly string themselves together in a Porthleven garage to spontaneously record and produce their musical interventions. Expect anything. Listen wondrously.


12.30pm | Harriers over Afghanistan - 10 Years On | Captain Adrian ‘Ade’ Orchard OBE Royal Navy

About the sponsor

Elementum Journal is delighted to sponsor the first Porthleven Literary Festival. We’d love to welcome you to the Lit Fest marquee and introduce you to many of our contributors who will be speaking, performing or exhibiting their art. Come and say hello and enjoy some food for the soul and the mind. Elememtum is a new publication from Cornwall launching in June 2016 and will be published three times a year. It is a journal of new writing and visual arts that explores our connection to the natural world.  Meet the team at the Porthleven Lit Fest or find out more at


3.30pm | The Blog - How to avoid trolls, alienating the crowd and a P45 | Sgt Colin Taylor Find out how one man found a route into writing through blogging and how the blog is a brilliant free tool in developing writing skills to gather and generate an audience. He will introduce the various platforms available online and offer his experience on where to focus energies. Colin is a resident of the Isles of Scilly. He’s also a writer and Police Officer of 20 years. He’s mostly known for his Like Heartbeat but Less Frenetic Isles of Scilly Police Facebook blogs where 55k followers enjoy updates on his policing of the archipelago. @ScillySergeant


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Following last year’s mermaid, this year look out for a giant fish floating in the harbour. Created from recycled mat erials by local college students it’ll light up at night.


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An Interview with: Liz Kessler Mermaids, fairies, ghosts and pirate dogs: author Liz Kessler’s tales are filled with colour, magic, and intrigue and adored by millions of young people across the globe. We’re delighted to have her headlining our Lit Fest this year where she’ll share stories about her books, getting published and the writer’s life.


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On Cornwall as an inspiration… I sit working with a view of the sea and I go out walking the dog along the cliffs and coast paths. My second YA book which comes out in October is based on a small seaside town and some of the big dramatic scenes are completely inspired by the coastline around here.

We caught up with her for a preFestival chat… On her latest publications… The paperback that comes out at the time of the festival is called Read Me Like A Book. It’s about a 17-year-old girl exploring her sexuality and going from her last boyfriend to her first girlfriend via a massive crush on a teacher.


I love it. I’m a keen photographer and it’s my go to place on a stormy day. I go there for big, dramatic waves and to watch the big boys surfing. Find out more about Liz and her books at

On common themes… No matter what I’m writing about I always find myself writing about the things that matter to me. Things like looking after your friends, being good to your family, standing up for what you believe in, becoming comfortable with who you are.

On getting started… When I was 8 or 9 I used to write poems and was convinced I was going to be a poet when I grew up but I got into journalism and teaching and forgot about writing for a long time. Then, some years later, I was on holiday playing a game called Fantasy Lives where you describe your ideal life and I realised I wanted to be a writer. So literally overnight I signed up for an MA in novel writing and went from there.


On Porthleven…

On her most successful series… The most popular series I’ve written is the Emily Windsnap books. I think of her as a tomboy mermaid. She’s not really a girlie-girlie mermaid. She’s more the kind that gets into scraps and scrapes.

On the possibility of an Emily Windsnap film… It’s probably the thing fans ask me about most, when the movie will be out. A Hollywood producer called Reid Shane has the option and the exciting thing that happened recently is he signed a major Hollywood director called Robert Stromberg who directed Malificent and was artistic director of films like Avatar and The Hunger Games. So that’s a big step. It still feels like a long way off and not real but it’s very exciting.


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If you go down to the bridge today…. you’re in for a big surprise! Map No. 6

The bridge across the harbour was a big hit at last year’s Food Festival. So this year it’s back… with one small and rather hairy addition! This year, if you want to cross the bridge, look out for the toll troll who’ll be stepping out of the land of fairytale to collect your money. Porthlevener Ali Kite will be taking on the role of troll in memory of her Mum Evelyn, who she remembers always used to play the troll in the Three Billygoats Gruff with her family.


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“I must have been about five and we’d set up a ramp in the living room and me and my sister and my Dad would be the goats and my Mum, who was always so prim and proper, would hop out and play the troll,” Ali recalls. Ali is always game for a spot of dressing up and last year at Lifeboat Day played the role of a pirate, so this will be another Porthleven dress-up to add to her CV. “I love the Food Festival, it’s so fabulous to see everyone bustling around enjoying themselves,” Ali says, “And the sillier the better for me when it comes to helping out… that bridge needs a troll and this one’s for Mum – I’m the troll, fol-de-rol!” Ali will be demanding £1, which will allow unlimited bridge crossings or show her your “stamped” programme. All profits from the bridge will go towards the Fisherman’s Mission. You’ll be able to get your programme stamped at the Information Point. Just make sure you show it to the troll as you cross to appease her!

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The Masked Ball: A decade of decadence From creative cocktails in The Pantry to late night Round Room romps, the Masked Ball is a dissolute, delirious festival experience like no other. It all started in 2006 when four friends cut a stage into a cliff somewhere above Porthleven and invited 362 friends to a party. Ten years later, it’s blossomed into one of the best and most lavish dance festivals in the UK — and has some of the world’s

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biggest dance acts clamouring to make their way down the rabbit hole to deepest Cornwall. The Masked Ball takes place on 20-22 May and this year’s headliners include 2ManyDJs and Basement Jaxx. Find out more at The production team behind the Masked Ball also help plan and deliver the Porthleven Food Festival alongside our committee of volunteers.

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Mike Longman | Chocolarder | 2pm After starting his cooking career as a part-time chef to pay his way through a degree in economics, Mike quickly realised his passions were stronger for food than maths. So he ditched his calculator for an apron – crafting himself a successful career for several years as a respected pastry chef.

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Mike became fascinated with the process of producing chocolate from scratch. He perfected the art of roasting, conching and alchemizing cocoa firstly in his kitchen at home – an office space that was quickly outgrown with the snowballing demand for his chocolate.

Join us for a super Sunday spread as we launch ourselves head first into a baking mad first annual Great Cornish Bake Off in association with Porthleven WI (find out more about them and some scrumptious cake recipes on Page 49). There’s chef’s demos to enjoy and our judges include: Antony Worrall Thompson, Frances Quinn, Nicky Grant and Ann Muller (Ann’s Pasties). Sponsored by

Frances Quinn | 1pm Winner of Series 4 of The Great British Bake Off in 2013, Frances puts creativity at the heart of everything she does. It’s the raising agent in her cakes, it feeds the yeast in her dough and rolls out the ideas in her pastry. Frances’ creative process always starts or ends with an idea, design or concept that she often find easier to express by ‘drawing’ on my imagination. Sketching up designs and pairing them with a recipe helps her to feed both her own and other people’s creative appetite before she even reaches for a spoon. She’s baked for heroes Quentin Blake and Jools Holland as well as for numerous national bakingrelated weeks and days, including National Cream Tea day. Find out more about Frances in our interview on page 45.

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Thus, began Chocolarder. Find out about how it’s grown and developed whilst hanging firm to it’s ethical values as Mike joins us for a chocolate demonstration at our Sunday tea party.

Ann Muller | Ann’s Pasties | 2.45pm All of the women in Ann’s mother’s Cornish family traditionally made pasties. Ann learnt to make pasties in an emergency when summoned by her mother, Hettie Merrick, a professional pasty-maker, to an agricultural fair, where demand was dramatically and unexpectedly outstripping supply. By the end of the day, Ann could crimp them as fast as her mother. Ann made pasties for friends and neighbours before starting a stall in Helston and then a shop in Porthleven. When juggling family and pasty became too much, Ann’s husband transformed the garage of her house into a pasty kitchen — so she could to crimp with one eye on the family. The business has since flourished, so much so that Ann’s son Fergus has stepped in to help keep up with the demand. Don’t miss this chance to see Ann demonstrate her pasty making skills.

“It’s always tea time.” The Great Cornish Bake Off We’ll provide the venue and some super prizes and rosettes. You bring along your very best culinary creations and battle it out for the ultimate title of Porthleven Food Festival Best Baker. *


Either bring along an entry (find out how on opposite page) or come along and join our Mad Hatter’s Style tea party from noon to taste the entries.


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Timings It’s a mad tea party, so you never know what may go awry but here’s an idea of some times… 10:00am – Contestants arrive with cakes 11:00am – Judging begins 11.30 – Tea party commences 12:00pm – Judging completed and results verified 12.30pm – Prize giving 1pm - Francis Quinn (winner of Great British Bake Off 2013) 2pm – Bean to Bar Chocolate making demo with Mike Longman from Cornish small batch bean to batch chocolatier, The Chocolarder. 2:45pm – Traditional Pasty making demo with Anne Muller, Ann’s Pasties. 3.30pm – Auction 5.00pm onwards – Live Bands * Entries will be marked on presentation and taste. Judges decisions are final and no disputes will be entered into. So there.

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How to enter There are five categories and you can enter as many as you like (as long as you’re the right age!) • Pasties and Pies (savoury) • Traditional (that’s a traditional cake like fruit, Victoria Sponge, chocolate cooked to perfection).


• Mad Hatter Themed Showstopper • U18 Traditional cake • U12 Traditional cake

First, you’ll need to get an entry form completed before Friday April 15th. Entry forms can be completed at or pick up a paper form at Nauti But Ice. Then simply bring your creation to the tent at 10:30 on Sunday April 17th and pay a £1 entry fee.

For a full list of auction lots visit Proceeds from the auction will be split between the Porthleven Food Festival and the Porthleven Lights Committee.


WI Recipes PORTHLEVEN WI From crafts and tai chi to theatre and shopping trips, Porthleven WI has been meeting to share time, food and conversation since 1925. As well as a host of speakers, the group also holds fundraising stalls every fortnight throughout the summer on the Harbour Inn patio, selling hand made crafts and yummy homemade jams, marmalades and chutneys. Porthleven WI meet on the second Wednesday of the month in the Public Hall at 7.30pm. New members of all ages are always welcome — contact president Maureen Williams on 01326 564366 to find out more.

Sunday’s Great Cornish Bake Off at the Food Festival sees us team up with the Porthleven WI to run a great day for all the family. Here are a couple of very special WI cake recipes to whet your appetite. Keen bakers can find out more about entering the competition on Pages 46 and 47.

Banana Cake

Golden Harvest Cake

125g butter

6oz margarine or butter

1tsp vanilla extract

6oz caster sugar

150g caster sugar

Grated rind of 1 orange and 2tbls orange juice

2 very ripe bananas mashed

3 eggs

190g self-raising flour

8oz self raising flour

Sprinkle of demerera sugar

6oz sultanas

60ml milk

1oz chopped walnuts

1 egg beaten

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1. Cream marg, sugar and orange rind until fluffy, beat in eggs one at a time

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2. Fold in the flour and add orange juice, sultanas and walnuts.

2. Melt butter, sugar and vanilla in a saucepan over medium heat. 3. Remove from heat and add mashed banana, mix well. 4. Add egg, mix well. 5. Stir in flour and milk. 6. Pour into tin and sprinkle with demerera sugar. 7. Bake at 160C/Gas 3 for 35 to 40 mins.


3. Place mixture in a greased lined 7ins round tin. 4. Bake in middle of oven 160C/Gas 3 for 1-2 hours.  


Fisherman’s Barbeque

Tasty barbecued fish from the men who know. Find them on the Fisherman’s Quay from 12ish – 4ish (or ‘til they’ve sold out!)

Relax with a fresh morning coffee, take in the harbour views over lunch on the terrace, enjoy dinner with friends over a chilled bottle of Prosecco.

Barbied tuna, Cornish sardines (these always go first), juicy prawns. Depending on the kindness of the weather in the run up to the Festival, you might find mackerel and swordfish too.

“No wise fish would go anywhere without a porpoise.”

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Fishing is vital to both the culture and economy of Porthleven. There’s been a fishing fleet here since

Simply dip fresh bread into oil & then into the dukkah. It’s perfect served with evening drinks & makes a very simple starter.


The maintenance and electricity costs are hefty, and without the capacity to make quantities of ice all year round, the men would no longer be allowed to keep fishing from Porthleven harbour. Ice is critical to the future of the industry in every small fishing harbour. Most afternoons, when the boats have been out, you can buy fresh, line caught fish from outside the Ice House on the quay.

The Magnificent 7 This year you’ll find seven bars at the Food Festival so there’s plenty of opportunity to whet your whistle.

1. Harbour Head

The Mad Hatter: “Would you like some wine?” Alice: “Yes...” The Mad Hatter: “We haven’t any and you’re too young.

Watering hole at the end of the marquee serving beers, wines and spirits.

2. Lime Kiln

Once again Porthleven’s historic Lime Kiln will be transformed into an amazing bar with its unmissable bespoke cover.

3. Traditional Ale Tent

Our dukkahs are all gluten free & suitable for vegetarian & vegan diets.



Sample over 30 ales from across Cornwall. Located in the Fringe Festival Field close to no.5 on the map.

4. Cocktail plus Guinness and Oysters Bar.



1903. The proceeds from the Fish Barbie will help keep the Ice House running.

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Sip a glittering cocktail by the water down on the Harbour Head Terrace... or let an oyster slide down with your pint of black. What’s not to love?

5. Lit Fest Tent


Enjoy a pint or a glass of wine with a spot of culture on tap.

6. Shipyard Bar

Weigh anchor in our Shipyard bar for wines, spirits and beers.

7. Clocktower Bar

Weather permitting you’ll find cocktails from a campervan served beneath the clocktower with music on the side.


Fantastic Asian inspired dishes Stunning harbour views Open for coffee, smoothies, cocktails, Mini Kai (tapas) or a full meal Relaxing lounge/film room, private dining room & family room Tuesday night is Film Night Sunday lunch – 2 courses for £15.95 Visit for details • •

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Since she won The Great British Bake Off in 2013, Frances Quinn has been a busy bunny. From being an expert taster to meeting her heroes, Frances has had a whirlwind few years and has now given up her job as a children’s designer for fulltime baking. On our very own Bake Off Sunday we’re delighted to announce that Frances will be on hand to judge the entries. We caught up with Frances to find out all about what it was really like in the tent, her fabulously stylish bakes and life after the madness of GBBO…

On what it’s really like in the Bake Off tent It’s so alien to your own kitchen and a lot smaller. You don’t have your own fridge and especially in the first week when there’s 13 of you in there it was really difficult… like being in a student kitchen! You have to run with whatever the weather is doing as there’s no control over the elements like in a building and my biggest technical challenge was the induction hob as I’m used to gas at home. Then there’s the camera crew running round and making the floor like a bouncy castle ‑ I remember doing egg custard tarts and it was like Jurassic Park!

On winning


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I didn’t think about it until the end. I adopted a bit of a sports psychology stance. The pressure was definitely there but I just kept my head down right to the finish line; if I’d put it up any sooner I might have crumbled so I had to stay in the zone. I remember Sue in the final asking me what it felt like to know I could win and I got really emotional and had to go to the oven to cover my tears but after that it was all just so surreal. It was like a marathon and so emotional. When they announced my name I would have collapsed if Ruby hadn’t been there. I didn’t see my face until four months after the event and until I watched it back on TV I don’t think it really sunk in. I just remember watching it and then my phone being on the side and it was like it was having some kind of

paralytic fit. The first 48 hours with all the breakfast shows and interviews was just madness.

On what came after winning That first year was a whirlwind there was so much happening. I made the Shard out of gingerbread and got some amazing commissions from some of my heroes, people who inspire me. Creating a giant fudge fancy for Quentin Blake and piano shortbread for Jools Holland was just amazing.

On her favourite bakes I love a cinnamon bun. I just love cinnamon. And I also love sponge – it’s so quick and versatile – best eaten fresh but also good for bread and butter pudding or trifle and so much more.

On Cornwall I have only been to Porthleven once and it was absolutely chucking it down so I am hoping for some sunshine this time! My cousin lives near St Agnes and for me trips down are a lot about the food. Last summer I came down and had a hedgehog ice cream on the beach, cinnamon buns, cream teas and visited lots of bakeries and coffee shops. I love a brisk walk on the beach after to fill my lungs with air. Everything tastes better in Cornwall!


On whether she’d prefer a pasty or a cream tea

I love scones so I think I’d have to go for the cream tea but really I wonder why choose? Can I have a pasty for main and a cream tea for dessert? Or maybe I can invent some kind of hybrid with a sweet pastry base and some sort of scone on top? Find out more about Frances at

Her cookbook, Quintessential Baking is available at all good book shops and you’ll be able to buy a copy and get it signed at the Festival.


Foraging around Porthleven Did you know there’s plenty of free food to be had on the clifftops and coastal paths around Porthleven? * You just need to know what you’re looking for. Here’s our Food Festival guide to local foraged greens.

Wild Garlic You’ll probably smell wild garlic before you see it – the crisp smell is unmistakable. It’s abundant on the cliff paths all around the village, just look for the clusters of tiny white flowers and broad, vibrant green leaves. Shred the leaves raw into a salad, boil and mash into a tasty pesto or a wild garlic soup. When? February to early June

Salty Fingers A crunchy texture and lightly bitter taste make this the perfect accompaniment to shellfish. Originally from the coasts of South America and Asia it’s now found in select areas of South West England. When? March to end of August

Rock Samphire Found on low-lying rocks and shingle beaches, samphire has a distinctive salty taste described by some as like salty carrots. Delicious with seafood or blanched and served with butter, lemon juice and black pepper. Simple. Gorgeous. When? End of April until October

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Sea Beets


The granddaddy of foraged greens, wild beet leaves taste rather like a strong spinach and can be used in any recipe that calls for spinach or chard. The summer flowers are edible too. The plant regenerates when cut – so go for the bigger, succulent looking leaves and leave the smaller ones to mature so there’s plenty left for next time. When? Spring to end of November (but look hard and you might find them all year round).

With thanks to Amélies owner Sam Sheffield-Dunstan, who can often be found foraging on the cliff tops around Porthleven with her dog Flo, or ‘the blonde’ as she’s also known. Amélies use wild garlic in soup and as a garnish, wild samphire and salty fingers with their wood fired lobster and wild beets in their steamed greens. * Please be aware that it is illegal to dig up any wild plant without the landowner’s permission and pick only the flowers and leaves.


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ESSENTIAL INFORMATION From how to find us to what to do if you need First Aid assistance, you’ll find the answers to your questions here.

Read the directions and directly you will be directed in the right direction. TRAVEL & PARKING Rule number one: take it easy! More than 30,000 people visit Porthleven for the Festival. This can cause a lot of congestion on our small roads. The information below will help you find the best route for you.

SAT NAV/POSTODE The event postcode is TR13 9JA


WALK Make a day of it and start with a relaxing and beautiful 40-minute stroll from the Helston Car Park and through the Penrose Estate. Catch the bus back.

REGULAR BUSES FROM FLORA MOTORS, HELSTON The regular bus service into Porthleven will take you to a temporary bus stop opposite the Festival Marquee – closer than our Festival Car Parks. Buses depart hourly. Remember: if you need assistance or directions, ask any of our Festival stewards (in the yellow jackets) — they’ll be happy to help!

The festival operates two car park sites within Porthleven Please take the B3304 from the A394 Penzance Road. This is the quickest route to the Football Club Car Park, which has 750 spaces available and Methleigh Farm Car Parks. Day Parking is £5 and a FREE shuttle bus operates from the Methleigh Farm site.


*Porthleven Food Festival is a free event during the day run by a community committee. Revenue from these Car Parks actively support charitable causes within the village and is essential for Traffic Management.


Police kindly request that you park in the designated car parks and don’t leave your car sprawled on the main roads.


For those in the know: try Shrubberies Hill Car Park and walk in past the Atlantic Inn and the Clock Tower.


The festival also operates a shuttle bus service from Helston you can leave your car for free in the car park opposite Coronation Boating Lake in Helston and hop in the shuttle bus service for £2 each way. Buy your ticket when you board. Running every 20/30 mins from 9.30am. Last bus from Porthleven at 5.30pm. You’ll be dropped at the Post Office in Porthleven, just a two-minute walk from all the action around the harbour. 64

Limited spaces, reserved for your use only, in the heart of the Festival. Ask a steward in a yellow jacket if you need to use these spaces. Here you can buy your raffle tickets, ask questions from a friendly steward, and find lost property. You’ll find the stall close to the Harbour Head.

FIRST AID An ambulance with a team of trained paramedics will be located in the Ship Yard. Ask a steward for directions.


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