The line-up of chefs, performers and creatives continues to grow for a weekend celebration of people, place, and produce in north Cornwall this May.
Porthilly Spirit , taking place from 28 to 30 May 2021 at Trefresa Farm, close to Rock, will safely welcome 1,500 people to the event following the rules set out under step three of the government’s roadmap out of lockdown.
New names confirmed to appear over the weekend include Cornwall’s own Fisherman’s Friends, author and podcaster Lorraine Candy, and chef Tim Siadatan of London’s Trullo and Padella – who will be cooking the opening feast on Friday night.
Porthilly Spirit founder Will Herrmann said: “Our aim is to create a well thought out, curated series of intimate events across the farm. This will be the first opportunity many of us have had to get together for many months, and I’m pleased we can create a fun, engaging, and safe environment.
“I can’t wait to be gathering around feasting tables, listening to inspirational talks and getting involved in workshops, and enjoying live music throughout the weekend.”
The hyper-local gathering is set to champion Cornwall using local designers and craftspeople for the decor and furniture around the site, as well as a host of Cornish talent and those who value the high quality of produce found throughout the county.
Kicking off the weekend of feasts is one of the first graduates from Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen, Tim Siadatan. After years of travelling and learning about different cultures, he found his passion for simple, seasonally focused, Italian inspired food – and the charcoal grill. He now owns two restaurants in London, Trullo and Padella, and will be serving a feast of Cornish produce cooked in his signature simple and sustainable style.
Boscastle’s intimate seafood bar and restaurant, The Rocket Store, is running a pop-up serving fish and seafood freshly caught from the Cornish coast in their own boat. Using local suppliers and organic produce whenever possible, they promise simple food with bold, exciting flavours.
A second pop-up restaurant is being run by Harbour Brewing’s Atlantic Bar & Kitchen, which will serve its legendary pizzas by the slice, or whole to share alongside its range of draught beers.
The wine bar will be stocked with interesting low intervention wines, with unusual bin end lists from local wine suppliers.
Tim Siadatan, The Rocket Store, and Harbour will be joining the previously announced Simon Stallard on the food line-up, which can be found here: porthillyspirit.com/food-drink.
Fisherman’s Friends are the first music act on the bill. The sea shanty-singing group shot to fame in 2010 when they landed a record deal with Universal Music, and have since seen their story hit the big screen.
The organisers are also delighted to announce Bristol-based DJ Mike Shawe (Hot Buttered Soul) will be joining the line-up this year. His 70s and 80s soul-infused disco sets will light up the wine bar each evening throughout the event.
Folk duo Ferris and Sylvester will be sharing their distinctive sound which combines blues, Americana and rock n roll. They were named in the list of BBC Introducing’s Best of 2020, and were also nominated for UK Song of The Year at The UK Americana Awards after releasing ‘I should be on a train’ in October 2020.
Talks & workshops
Former Sunday Times Style editor Lorraine Candy is joining the Porthilly Spirit talks barn to discuss her book, ‘Mum, What’s Wrong with You?’. The author, podcaster, and mother of four (three of which are teenagers) will offer witty, down-to-earth advice on dealing with teenage girls and parenting.
A foraging walk and workshop by Ruth Weaver, a medical herbalist living, teaching, and practising in west Cornwall, is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday. The guided walk will journey beside the hedgerows and through the farmland where people will learn about wild medicines, while discovering how to safely and sustainably harvest native medicinal and edible plants.
Additional talks and workshops will be announced in the coming weeks, including mending and floristry workshops, guided meditation, and much more. The full line-up can be seen here: porthillyspirit.com/talks.
Family & adventure
Alongside these new names, the schedule of events has plenty for younger attendees to enjoy including previously announced Rogue Theatre and Wild Warriors. Local adventure experts Wavehunters will also be hosting a selection of water sport activities for the whole family. Find out more here: porthillyspirit.com/entertainment.
Porthilly Spirit is not creating any large focal points at the event, such as a main stage. This will reduce large numbers gathering in one space, and instead keep people spread across the 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, to buy tickets or book workshops, visit porthillyspirit.com.