New festival promises top South West feasts

Some familiar faces from our patch are heading down to Cornwall this month, for the very first Porthilly Spirit

A brand new food-focused festival is landing in the South West this summer, promising everything from campfire cooking to foraging workshops and talks. And there will be some familiar faces in attendance, too.

Porthilly Spirit, organised by the same team as Wilderness, is taking place 24-26 May on a North Cornwall farm. The carefully curated food offering is all about seasonal, sustainable and local produce, which will be prepared by top chefs from the South West and beyond (Simon Stallard from The Hidden Hut and Cookery author Anna Jones, for instance), for communal feasts and pop-up restaurants.

To wash all that food down with, you’ll be wanting a decent vino, right? Well, Bristol’s More Wine will be able to hook you up there, at its natural-wine bar. Low intervention, organic, biodynamic, eco-friendly sips are what you’ll find here, all served in bag-in-box, pouch and can format, to bolster those green credentials.

Also on the lineup is co-founder of Bristol’s The Ethicurean and co-creator of vermouth The Collector, Jack Adair Bevan, who’ll be talking all things aromatised wine, ahead of the release of his new book on the very same subject this June. 

If gin is more your thing, though, there’s good news for you, too, as owner of the festival site and farm WIll Herrmann explains. 

“We are partnering with fantastic local businesses to create an unforgettable weekend, and have started creating our own gin, flavoured with salt collected from the infamous Camel Estuary Doom Bar – a true Porthilly Spirit. Plans are in place to build a distillery at the farm, and exclusive tasters will be available at the festival.”

Music-wise, expect the likes of Tom O’Dell, Mystery Jets, Giles Peterson and The Staves, and there are plenty of outdoor and wellbeing activities on the packed out programme, too.