Isabella Alldred rounds-up three of the most anticipated events this spring.
The South West region of Cornwall boasts a cornucopia of golden beaches, nestled amongst sprawls of open clifftops. This sub-tropical fringe of the South is known for its food and creativity and the following three festivals showcase the best of both.
17-19 April 2020
With nearly twelve years in the making, Porthleven Food Festival has firmly made its mark on the Cornish foodie scene. Spread across three days, the event showcases the best cooking talent that Cornwall has to offer. This year will host live cooking demonstrations from Anthony Worrall Thompson, Jude Kereama, Andy Appleton and Daphne Skinnard. Spread across the lively harbour-front and shipyard are reams of tempting food stalls, all following the overarching message of the festival this year – eating sustainably and sourcing locally produced, quality food.
Music and drinks are also an integral part of the line-up. The pop-up pub, The Port & Oyster, is a longstanding favourite. Running beer tastings and drink-making masterclasses, the festivities here run well into the evening. Creativity is at the heart of the festival, and is showcased in the Literary and Acoustic tent, hosting interviews, talks, stories and music. Take a stroll with your little Mavericks to The Moors field, where you will find Airfish Circus, craft workshops, face painting, rides and more.
The festival itself is free, but to gain entry to the evening entertainment, tickets need to purchased.
29 – 31 May 2020
Scorrier House, located between Redruth and Truro, is a 18th Century estate and home to one of Cornwall’s great gardens. Usually host to lavish events and weddings, in recent years the grounds have been utilised for a quirkier purpose – The Great Estate Festival.
Branded as ‘the most rambunctious Garden Fête’, The Great Estate Festival should be the perfect remedy for those of us who are still mourning the loss of Port Eliot Festival. It’s a flourish of colour and fun set in lush gardens and brimming with immersive experiences. The event is open to all ages and highlights of the festival include ‘Walkabout Workshops’, a secret gin garden, The Duchy Vintage fair, a kids’ silent disco, The Swamp Circus, and wine tasting.
Bookable events include cinematic experiences, woodland hot tubs and family feasts within the mystic walled garden. At the core of the festival is a love for music. International acts such as Razorlight, The Sugar Hill Gang, EZPZ and The Afrobeat Collective will be performing over the course of the weekend.
Day tickets start at £30 and range to £70 for the full weekend. The festival also offers weekend camping when you book tickets, or luxury glamping experiences in the onsite bell tents.
15 – 17 May 2020
St Ives town is world-renowned for its scenic waterfront and its creative and artistic offerings. The food festival has harnessed both of these unique qualities for its annual event, holding the three-day culinary experience on the white sands of Porthminster Beach – a location for a food festival like no other. In a celebration of the regions food industry, the chef demo stage will be a temporary home to some of Cornwall’s culinary greats, such as Ashley Palmer-Watts, Simon Hulstone and Juliet Sear. Independent food and drink traders, street food and samples can be found in the Artisan Tent.
The festival is offering two days of funk, folk jazz and choirs at The Lighthouse Stage, overlooking St Ives bay and Godrevy Lighthouse – all free between the hours of 10am-6pm. Showcasing itself as a truly family orientated event, there are activities for children and adults alike. For the kids, expect art workshops, children’s cookery school and a visit from the mermaid of St Ives, all finished off by a firework display. There is ample opportunity for the adults to get hands-on too, with foraging walks, kitchen tours and live painting demonstrations.