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Porthleven Food Festival 2018

Further to its fantastic harbour and majestic sea views, Porthleven is also home to the annual Porthleven Food & Drink Festival, representing a well-established favourite on the festival calendar that brings together around 30,000 people in and around the historic fishing town. The festival is currently in its tenth year and is bigger and better than ever-before, with an international chef's theatre, food stalls, street food and music day and night, as well as further entertainment for visitors of all ages!


What’s On?

The Porthleven Food & Drink Festival 2018 will run from 20th-22nd April and will feature a fantastic selection of culinary offerings, with a tempting spread of street foods and the very best wares available from local traders. Attending local traders and businesses will include the Kota and Kota Kai restaurants, the Cornish Venison Co. and Tarquins Gin amongst many others, meaning that there will be plenty of treats to sample to suit all tastes. 

The event is also home to a lively Chefs Theatre that attracts the very best talent from the South West and beyond, with previous attendees including Antony Worrall Thompson, Jack Stein and Porthleven’s own Jude Kereama. 

While enjoying the various tastes on offer during the Porthleven Food & Drink Festival, visitors will also be able to indulge in a splendid offering of entertainment at the event’s highly popular Literature & Acoustic Tent. Here guests will find real ‘food for the soul’ with words, film and music spanning over two days, bringing talented artists of all stripes from Cornwall and further afield. 

With so much on offer, there is every reason to visit the festival during each day of the event to get the most out its wealth of culinary treats and activities! 


This Year’s Theme

Each year, the Porthleven Food & Drink Festival embodies a theme of significant local importance and this year the event’s organisers have decided to focus on the theme of Anti Plastic. Presently around 10% of the plastic used globally ends up in the oceans, which amounts to 700 billion plastic bottles every year. 

The growing pollution caused by plastic is a major problem for the marine environment and local wildlife and to raise awareness of this vital issue, the Porthleven food & Drink Festival team have pledged to look at the plastic that is used during the event and minimise it wherever possible. This will apply to the event's own bars, as well as each of the suppliers and stallholders in attendance. 

Porthleven is a beautiful seaside town with a strong maritime tradition and by working together we can make sure that this is something that does not change.

Join Us

Above Beach Cottages is proud to once again support the Porthleven food & Drink Festival and its dedicated Anti Plastic message. We will be represented by our own stall and be on hand to speak to both holidaymakers and cottage owners during the event, so if you are thinking of booking a holiday cottage during 2018 or would like to enquire into the possibility of letting through us, why not drop by for a chat? 

We will be supporting the 'Lime Kiln' stage this year, which will feature some fantastic local acts presented by 'BBC Introducing in Cornwall'. The Porthleven Food & Drink Festival is highly regarded for supporting live music throughout the day and night and the 'Shipyard Stage' will also play host to an inspired selection of acts to help promote a real party atmosphere. We're certainly looking forward to a fantastic time and we hope to see you there too! 

If you would like to stay in town during the Porthleven food & Drink Festival, we have a wonderful range of self-catering accommodation in Porthleven that can be booked over the three days or as part of a week away. If you can’t find what you are looking for online, or would like further advice on where to stay and what to do, why not call our local team on 01326 389272 and let us help you get the very best out of what Porthleven and the surrounding area has to offer. 

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Tel: 01326 389272