For the last ten years, across one weekend each April the small fishing village of Porthleven in the South West of Cornwall is transformed into a bustling hub of tantalising sights, smells and sounds as it gets taken over by world-class chefs, hungry visitors and enthusiastic vendors selling the best in Cornish artisan food.
Over the last ten years people have flocked from far and wide to take part in the Porthleven Food Festival; enjoying the best that Cornwall has to offer in local artisan foods.
Year on year the festival has gotten bigger, with over 40 thousand visitors descending on the village across three days this year.
Over 130 local traders held stalls at this year’s festival and the creation of a new dedicated marquee for a farmer’s market came as a welcome addition for local vendors like Graham and Marcus, who feel the festival is the perfect showcase for what Cornwall and Porthleven have to offer.
With more people than ever attending this year, Truthfal went down to Porthleven for the weekend to ask; what is it about the village that attracts people to the food festival? And, can Porthleven continue to sustain an event of this size?