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Chefs' Theatre presented by St Austell Brewery

The best chefs in the South West will be heading to the harbourside for the 2020 Porthleven Food Festival.

Chefs Theatre presented by St Austell Brewery

The line up for our 2020 Chefs Theatre, presented by St Austell Brewery, includes top South West chefs, promising a clear focus on the fantastic food of our very special foodie region.

This year’s line up is a reminder of the roots of the Festival as one of our objectives is to ‘promote awareness of the extent and quality of locally produced food’. These chefs are second to none and truly showcase all that is fantastic about food in Cornwall.

St Austell Brewery is proud to be a headline sponsor of the Porthleven Food Festival for a third consecutive year. The independent brewery, established in 1851, crafts some of the south-west’s best loved beers: Tribute Pale Ale, Proper Job IPA and Korev Lager – alongside limited-edition brews from their Small Batch Brewery.

St Austell Brewery is the perfect partner for the Chefs’ Theatre; great Cornish food and great Cornish beer – what could be better?

Why not treat yourself to our Gourmet Ticket for priority seating and access to all our evening Shipyard Sessions?

Times subject to change

The Shipyard Stage - Saturday 18 April

Compered by Daphne Skinnard

Antony Worrall Thompson to open the theatre followed by Ready Steady Cook off against Kota Head Chef Jude Kereama

Josh Eggleton
Pony and Trap, Chew Manga (nr Bristol)

Mick Smith
Porthminster Beach Cafe, St Ives and Ben Prior

Stephane Delourme
Rick Stein Seafood Restaurant, Padstow

Andy Appleton
Appleton’s Bar and Restaurant, Fowey

Stew EddyThe Square, Porthleven and Dorian Janmaat – The Idle Rocks, St Mawes

Jeff Robinson – New Yard Restaurant, Trelowarren

Times subject to change

The Shipyard Stage - Sunday 19 April

Compered by Rupert Cooper

Cornwall College –  led by senior lecturers with lots of help from current students.

Bruce Rennie
 – The Shore, Penzance

Chris Eden – Gidleigh Park, Chagford, Devon

Guy Owen
St Enodoc Hotel, Rock

Tim Kendall
The Barley Sheaf, Gorran Haven

Rupert Cooper
Philleighway Cookery School

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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.