The best weather of the season to date led to a bumper year for Porthleven Food Festival, which was attended by an estimated £20,000 people 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, joined by his wife Joy and Jude and Jane Kereama from Kota Kai in the port, there followed a day of cooking demonstrations from regarded chefs in the area.
This year’s festival, in its fifth year, had the theme of “sourced from the sea”, so it was fitting that Porthleven Fishermen’s Association should play a part.
Their fish barbecue, served up from their new gazebo, proved so popular that it had sold out by 2pm.
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.
This festival marked the first year for new chairman David Turnbull, who described the whole weekend as “unbelievable.”
He said of Saturday: “What a fantastic day. Porthleven was absolutely rammed. It was just such a happy day. Everybody was smiling, the sun was shining and there was so much to do people stayed all day and into the evening.”
Celebrations began on the Friday night with a village party, leading into the main event on Saturday. Sunday then gave the opportunity to wind down with more music and pasties.
The accompanying Young Festival on Saturday was a particular hit, where members of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra worked with Cornwall Music Hub to lead children in a band made up of hosepipes and watering cans.
Cube Theatre workshop ended the session with a children’s conga round the shipyard, where it was moved to this year.
Another highlight was 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.
A firework display provided by Simon Stone from the Blue Anchor wowed the crowds and could be seen as far away as Mullion.
Mr Turnbull added: “A big thank you to everybody. There were so many people that helped in so many different ways.”
He gave a special thank you to the event’s marshals, who made the day “absolutely perfect,” adding: “On behalf of the committee, I’d like to thank the people of Porthleven. They must be very, very proud.”