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New for 2022

A new recipe for 2022

Following a two year break due to COVID, the award-winning committee are making lots of changes to Porthleven Food Festival this year. We’re taking the opportunity to react on audience feedback - your feedback - and tweak the ingredients that go into the Festival.

We’ve changed the way the event is run, drawing on the expertise of a local events team who know the Festival and the area. Who understand the importance of bringing the content back into the community of Porthleven, with a focus on fabulous food, families and local fringe events.

New for 2022

Fabulous food

Our much-loved Chef’s Theatre, the heart of the event, returns to the tent on the Harbour Head, welcoming the best of the South West and beyond.

We’ll be creating a brand new food space - The Diner’s Club, offering a place to sit and enjoy taster pots from our street food stalls, alongside acoustic music performances and talks.

Food Festival Chairman Alec Short said: “This is something we’ve been trying to get right for a long time. The idea is that the stalls in The Diner’s Club area provide smaller pots of food at a lower price so that instead of eating one dish at lunch you can sample more - it’s the essence of what a food festival should be.”

And this year our market space will be run by the team behind the Food & Farming tent at the Royal Cornwall Show - showcasing quality, artisan suppliers from across Cornwall and the South West.

New for 2022


We’ve not cut back on the free kids content - with plenty of circus skills, parades and crafting activities on the playing fields and a visit or two from Porthleven’s own mermaid and friends.

The new Ann’s Pasty Lounge, which replaces the Literary tent this year, will bring family-focused entertainment including comedy, choirs, cocktail masterclasses, crimping workshops and more.

And Busk Stops across the Festival bring the sounds of daytime music right across the site.

New for 2022


There will be no tickets this year - we want to keep the Festival free for anyone who can’t afford it.

But it costs £150,000 to run the festival in its current format - that’s for all the infrastructure, staffing and events. And we have a gap in funding.

So we’re asking that if you enjoy the Festival this year, or have enjoyed it in the past, that you help to secure its future.

Please support your Festival and donate now at or look for the donation points at the Festival.

We’re a not-for-profit event - so any profits over and above what we need to run the Festival will be donated to Porthleven events and organisations.