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Chef Line Up for 2019 will be our best yet

By February 15, 2019 No Comments

We’ll be welcoming our best chef line-up ever in 2019 as a bumper crop of kitchen maestros from the South West and beyond head down to cook up a storm for you in our Chefs Theatre, presented by Proper Job.

The event will be opened by Festival-patron Antony Worrall Thompson at 10am on Saturday and he’ll then be cooking on stage with Porthleven’s own Jude Kereama from Kota and Kota Kai, who was named best Chef by the prestigious Trencherman’s Guide at their most recent awards.

Big names who’ll be popping down for the weekend include Michelin-starred Gareth Ward from Ynyshir in Wales, foodie superstar Josh Eggleton and Sally Abe from London’s Michelin-starred pub, The Harwood Arms.

The cream of the Cornwall crop will also be in attendance with Chris Eden of the Driftwood Hotel, Portscatho; Guy Owen from the Idle Rocks; Mick Smith from Porthminster Beach; Stephane Delourme of Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant in Padstow; Ben Prior from Ben’s Cornish Kitchen and Ben Tunnicliffe of the Tolcarne Inn, Newlyn.

There’s also a food and wine pairing demo from Fifteen, Cornwall and a Japanese cooking lesson from Naoko Kashiwagi of Naoko’s Kitchen and a demo by the staff and students of Cornwall College.

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Jane Kereama, owner of Kota and Kota Kai in Porthleven, who each year curates the content of the Chefs’ Theatre as part of the Food Festival Committee, said: “The theme of this year’s Festival is Love Food so I really had to do justice with the calibre of chefs across the two days. And I’m so pleased! We’ve got some huge names from the culinary world appearing across the weekend, cooking tantalising dishes from around the globe.”

Porthleven Food Festival is free to attend with tickets only required for the Shipyard Sessions in the evenings. Keen foodies can guarantee a priority seat in the Chefs’ Theatre as well as a bridge pass for easy access around the harbour and entry to all three evening events by purchasing a Gourmet Ticket for £39 in advance (£45 on the day).

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Porthleven Food Festival cancelled for 2020

It is with heavy hearts that the organisers of Porthleven Food Festival must announce that our 2020 event, which was due to take place from 17-19 April, will be cancelled.

All ticketholders will be automatically refunded and all traders, acts, artists and speakers will be rebooked for the 2021 event.

The decision, which has not been taken lightly, has been made amidst the current situation with Coronavirus/ COVID-19 in the UK.

With less than five weeks to go any additional restrictions on the movement of people, or a nationwide ban on events being enacted in the coming weeks, would be financially catastrophic for our Festival. We therefore feel that we must cancel the event this year in order to guarantee its future survival.

The team has already put a great deal of time, resource and energy into organising and promoting this year’s event and this is not a decision we’ve made lightly.

We hope you understand and respect our difficult decision to act now, thus removing uncertainty, reducing the amount of outlay by our audiences, sponsors, traders, suppliers and partners and helping to secure the event in future years.