All Brits love May. Two glorious days of (free) annual leave, woollens firmly retired to the back of the wardrobe and endless evenings fuelled by Aperol Spritz. This Spring bank holiday we’re packing up our disposable BBQs and heading west for something much more wholesome – Porthilly Spirit festival on the Cornish Coast. A brand new three-day independent festival, showcasing and celebrating the finest elements of the outdoors, food, wellbeing, and music – including feasts from Chef and Writer Anna Jones and Tomos Parry, of Michellin-star Shoreditch haunt, Brat.
From 24th to 26th May 2019, Porthilly Spirit will be held on the Camel Estuary in north Cornwall, near Rock. Workshops, talks and outdoor activities, including surfing, dolphin-watching and foraging will take place during the day, alongside yoga, meditation classes and wild spa treatments at the festival’s wellbeing area, curated by internationally-reclaimed yoga teacher Nadia Narain. Giles Peterson, Villagers, Tom Odell and Mystery Jets are just some of the acts set to perform after a rejuvenating day spent with Mother nature.
On Saturday, Anna Jones will create a vision of vibrant spring with her four course vegetarian feast, using ingredients grown by Padstow Kitchen Garden – a farm located on the Camel Estuary, just across from the festival site. Anna’s menu will include beetroot borani with seeded lavosh crackers and spring crudités; charred baby courgettes with burrata and lovage oil; roast coconut and mustard seed cauliflower with new potato and chard curry, crispy kale and coconut sambal; and brown sugar meringues with whipped vanilla cream, curd and roasted summer fruits.
Tomos Parry, hailed as ‘Britain’s hottest chef’ by The Guardian in 2018, will prepare an ode to Cornwall on Sunday evening, with a four course feast championing produce from all across the county. Tomos will cook smoked cod’s roe on toast with fennel butter, goat’s curd and black olives; grilled asparagus with wild garlic, fresh cheese and hay butter; wood-roasted 30 day-aged duck with grilled leeks, smoked potatoes and roasted red peppers; and burnt cheesecake with ‘Fulton’s strawberry surprise’ rhubarb.
The opening night of the festival will see local culinary hero Simon Stallard cook for the longest table in Cornwall – a completely off-grid feast of wood-fired paella prepared by the team from The Hidden Hut, one of the most popular restaurants in Cornwall.
The opening night feast is free for weekend ticket holders, with a limited number of places available on a first come first served basis. Places at Anna and Tomos’ feasts are available to weekend and day ticket holders, priced at £50 per person including four courses and a welcome drink.
In addition to the feasts, pop-up restaurants will be open throughout the weekend. London-based open fire cooking aficionados Smokestak and Thai barbecue bar Smoking Goat will be collaborating to create a restaurant unlike any other, with festival-goers able to experience the exceptional cooking of head chefs Ali Borer and David Carter each day of the event, at breakfast, lunch and dinner. A second pop-up restaurant will be run by Rick and Katie Toogood, proprietors of Prawn on the Lawn, a hugely popular seafood restaurant and fishmonger based in Islington and Padstow.
Weekend camping tickets can be purchased for £180 per adult, boutique camping options available. Visit www.porthillyspirit.com to find out more.