A food, music and wellness festival is coming to Cornwall

PUBLISHED: 11:00 03 April 2019 | UPDATED: 10:38 04 April 2019

The Hidden Hut's Simon Stallard will host a feast at Porthilly Spirit on Friday night. Photo credit: Hidden Hut

The Hidden Hut's Simon Stallard will host a feast at Porthilly Spirit on Friday night. Photo credit: Hidden Hut

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Porthilly Spirit near Rock in north Cornwall is an independent festival for lovers of the outdoors and first-class food and drink

Porthilly Spirit will take place 24 to 26 May and the line-up is jam-packed with talks, workshops, feasts, outdoor experiences, wellbeing classes, family activities and pop-up restaurants run by some of the country’s leading chefs. The festival is held on a secluded farm at the mouth of the Camel Estuary, close to Rock.

Ivor Novello-winning band Villagers and indie rockers Mystery Jets have been announced as the headliners. Also announced for the music stage is alternative Cornish male voice choir Men Are Singing; multi-instrumentalist J-Felix; reggae-rooted producer and DJ Wrongtom; and indie-folk musician Nathan Ball. They join previously-announced acts Tom Odell, Gilles Peterson, Songhoy Blues, Mr Jukes, and Tom Findlay.

The Hidden Hut's Simon Stallard will host a feast at Porthilly Spirit on Friday night. Photo credit: Hidden HutThe Hidden Hut's Simon Stallard will host a feast at Porthilly Spirit on Friday night. Photo credit: Hidden Hut

London-based open fire cooking aficionados Smokestak and Thai barbecue bar Smoking Goat will be collaborating to create a pop-up restaurant unlike any other. Festival-goers will be 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.

Boutique camping will be available at Porthilly Spirit. Photo credit: Porthtilly SpiritBoutique camping will be available at Porthilly Spirit. Photo credit: Porthtilly Spirit

In addition to the pop-up restaurants, several special feasts will take place, hosted by previously announced chefs including Brat’s Tomos Parry, Anna Jones, and The Hidden Hut’s Simon Stallard - who will cook for the longest table in Cornwall on the opening night of the event.

Simon Stallard’s feast, which will be completely off-grid, is free for weekend ticket holders, with a limited number of places available on a first come first served basis. Simon’s restaurant The Hidden Hut is hugely popular, with feast night tickets selling out in a matter of minutes - in 2017 more than 22,000 people applied for just 600 covers, making it the hottest restaurant ticket in the UK.

Rogue Theatre, who will perform at Porthilly Spirit in May 2019. Photo credit: Porthilly SpiritRogue Theatre, who will perform at Porthilly Spirit in May 2019. Photo credit: Porthilly Spirit

Immersive theatre will take place throughout the weekend, courtesy of award-winning Rogue Theatre, and a special collaboration between The Embers Collective and Stumble Trip Theatre. Rogue Theatre will be performing Tales From Wild Places - a collection of some of Rogue’s favourite bewitching and uplifting stories, each celebrating life’s wild places. The Embers Collective and Stumble Trip Theatre will be bringing a new show, brimming with music, mayhem and myths.

Porthilly Spirit will also feature talks and workshops centred on three key themes: food, adventure, and wellness. Details will be announced in the coming weeks.

Full weekend tickets are priced at £180 for adults, including camping, and from £24 for children.

Boutique camping tickets are also available, providing guests with private luxurious bell tents, real double beds, thick duvets, and access to separate facilities.

Individual day tickets are available from £45 for adults and £8 for children. Discounted locals’ tickets are also available. To buy your tickets, visit www.porthillyspirit.com.

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