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Sun draws crowds to Porthleven Food Festival
Updated 5:17pm Monday 22nd April 2013 in Cornwall
Sunny weather helped draw the crowds to Porthleven Food Festival on Saturday.
The day was dedicated to celebrating the food and music from the area, with 91 stalls spanning right around the harbour from the Institute clock tower to the Ship Inn the other side.
Opened by festival patron and celebrity chef Antony Worrall Thompson, the event featured cooking demonstrations from regarded chefs in the area.
There were also three music stages including a new acoustic stage for indie, folk and roots. Buskers entertained in doorways and inside shops, including a Barber Shop quartet fittingly positioned outside the Harbour Barber in Fore Street.
The Young Festival was a particular hit, where members of Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra worked with Cornwall Music Hub to lead children in a band made up of hosepipes and watering cans.
Cube Theatre workshop culminated in a children’s conga round the ship yard.
Another highlight in the Young Marquee – moved this year to the shipyard – were Porthleven Primary School Signing Choir, watched by a 200 strong audience.
Their performance proved so moving and successful that they were invited to sign again with the CuldRoses military wives’ choir on Sunday, when there was a wind down day featuring more music and pasties.
In the break between two evening bands on the Saturday night a firework display provided by Simon Stone from the Blue Anchor wowed the crowds and could be seen as far away as Mullion.
Festival chairman David Turnbull said: “What a weekend! There are just too many people to thank for making this the best festival yet, from our sponsors who allow it to remain free to the stewards who work to the point of exhaustion.
“But particularly, on behalf of the committee, I’d like to thank the people of Porthleven who contributed. They must be very, very proud of their achievement.”
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