Published April 15th, 2021
Headline chefs and multi-generational family activities have been announced for Cornwall’s first festival of the year.
Joining the line up at Porthilly Spirit, which is taking place from Friday 28 to Sunday 30 May 2021 at Trefresa Farm, close to Rock, is renowned Venetian wine trader Luca Dusi, and open fire and BBQ expert Genevieve Taylor – who will both be hosting feasts on the Saturday night.
Adventure club Wild Warriors has also announced its night-time sessions at the festival, where they will take care of children while parents dine and catch up around the campfire.
Porthilly Spirit founder Will Herrmann said: “After a year of being apart from loved ones, we’re aiming to make Porthilly Spirit the place where families of all ages can come together around the feasting table, take part in activities and workshops, and reunite whilst soaking up the fantastic live music and entertainment we have on offer.
“We really do have something for everyone, and I’m so excited to be welcoming guests to the farm in just over six weeks’ time for a safe post-lockdown celebration.”
Saturday night in the feast tent will be a Venetian experience with Luca Dusi. Co-founder of Passione Vino, an Italian wine bar and shop in Shoreditch, the wine expert will be providing a superb selection of wines to accompany dinner prepared by chef and fellow Italian, Simon Piovesan. Luca has worked alongside top chefs such as Angela Hartnett, Mark Hix, and Giorgio Locatelli, and will be sharing his passion and the story behind each wine throughout the evening.
Hosting an intimate feast in The Pig Pen on Saturday night is Genevieve Taylor. Live fire cook, author of 11 cookery books, and teacher at Bristol Fire School – a cookery school with the aim of helping people light better fires to cook better food – her wood-fired feast will be everything you could possibly want from outdoor dining.
The Pig Pen is a 36 person restaurant hidden in the woods amongst the trees on the farm. Curated by Simon Stallard, it will have appearances from guest chefs, such as Genevieve Taylor, across the weekend. Open from Friday night through to Sunday evening, it will morph from a restaurant serving king crab paella and slow cooked ribs, to a laid-back cocktail bar.
Something for the kids
Wild Warriors have children’s activities covered for the whole weekend, beginning with a campfire chill session on arrival on Friday evening, featuring archery target practice and den building. Throughout Saturday and Sunday they have plenty of woodland adventures on offer including headdress making, assault courses, and outdoor games.
In the evening while adults are feasting, they will be running a crèche in a cosy yurt for little ones, where they will be entertained with games, toys, and storytelling. Older children can get involved in ‘campfire crew’ – an evening of games, toasting marshmallows, and campfire fun.
On the water
Situated close to the north Cornwall coast, Trefresa Farm is well located to head off for a couple of hours of water activities. Local adventure experts Wavehunters will be running discounted surf lessons for ticket holders, as well as stand up paddle boarding and sea safaris – where there’s a chance to see an array of wildlife, and maybe even dolphins. Wavehunters also operates the evening water taxi between Rock and Padstow, making the festival even more accessible to people staying in Padstow on the opposite side of the Camel Estuary.
For the whole family
Performances from Rogue Theatre in the walled gardens and a packed schedule of talks and workshops means there is plenty for families to get involved in together. New workshops added to the line up include bouquet making with florist George Mackay, and bacon making with Duchy Charcuterie.
Tickets & accommodation
With Cornwall almost sold out for the bank holiday, Porthilly Spirit is an opportunity for families to enjoy everything the county has to offer in one place, over one long weekend. There is a range of accommodation available, from general camping and camper van pitches, to luxury yurts and bell tents.
Day tickets are available, giving those who already have a Cornish holiday booked a chance to come for a day.
Local tickets are also available for residents in the surrounding areas in Rock.
Porthilly Spirit is fully compliant with all Covid regulations. Rather than creating any large focal points at the event, such as a main stage, there will be lots of small performance areas. This will reduce large numbers gathering in one space, and instead keep people spread across the 30 acre site.
Dining at the event is going to be similar to a pub garden or outdoor restaurant, with everything set up in open air.
The organisers have taken the decision to cap the event at under 50% of total capacity. When additional government advice is released regarding stage three of the roadmap, they are well prepared and equipped to implement any and all Covid precautions.
For more information and tickets, visit porthillyspirit.com.