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Orchard celebration

We set up our 10 x 10m white tent for a party in a beautiful old apple orchard belonging to Quickes Farm in September. Inside the tent they set up 3 long banquent tables seating 54 plus had space for a display table, a small dance area and a 3 man band. One side was completely down to the ground to make it more cosy & the other sides open to enjoy the view. We also provided the festoon lighting & carpeting. The beautiful rustic tables and benches were provided by South West Event hire.  It was in celebration of the launch of their new cheese recipe featuring Cornish Sea Salt and chef Ben Quinn of Woodfired Canteen served up bounty from field to shore, cooked simply over wood fire.

Looks like they had a wonderful evening. It’s so lovely being sent photos so we can see what goes on under our tent as we usually just see it before and after the event.

Here’s a few of our before photos.

Port Eliot Festival 2017 – Dead Man

It was the wettest, muddiest Port Eliot Festival ever but still so enjoyable. The beautiful green grass of the pristine estate was completely covered in thick mud and we were so glad we took our gumboots.  It didn’t dampen the spirits and the show went on.

Our tent covered the bar of Dead Man’s Fingers, created by the Rum & Crab Shack in our hometown, St Ives.  This was party central for us and 100’s of other festival goers who loved the DJ set’s, piratey atmosphere and the Caribbean rum which blended with spices, warms the cockles and stirs the soul.

Port Eliot Festival 2017 - Dead Mans Fingers

Dead Man’s Fingers Rum bar

Families are especially welcome at the festival and there’s a special supervised kids’ area featuring performances, crafts, workshops and more.

There was a lovely area for younger festivalgoers called Pulse offering storytelling, live music, table games, jam sessions for guitarists, bass players, drummers and singers, a well-stocked tuck shop and a series of workshops (including Bangra and African Dance and hip hop and rap sessions). Another of the kids favourite areas is The Hullabaloo, Cornwall’s captivating Rogue Theatre weaves their magic and turns this area into a fantastical other world, and we enjoyed one of their incredible shows amongst the trees.  Imagine a place where you can dance with trolls, take tea with a giant, make mischief with the pixies and knit dreams with a faerie.  where an international emporium of enchantment is waiting to whisk away children of all ages.

Our local Leach pottery were also there this year inviting people to give their hand to throwing pots on the foot-operated wheels.

There were 2 literary stages, Bowling Green and Walled Garden, each with a range of artists, writers and thinkers discussing and performing. The line-up included Hollie McNish, Louis De Bernières, Karl Hyde, Andrew O’Hagan, Nina Stibbe, Matt Haig, Ben Macintyre, Daisy Buchanan, Michael Foreman, Andrew Simms, Geoff Dyer, Bella Bathurst, Julia Samuel, Robert Newman, Tim Lott, Gwendoline Riley, Decca Aitkenhead as well as plasticine lessons from Aardman Animations – the team behind Wallace and Gromit

Down on the riverbank, the Idler Academy runs the UK’s ultimate free school. Encouraging philosophy, husbandry and merriment, the Academy’s delightfully eclectic approach to learning has two principles at its core: self – improvement and idling in equal measure. From getting up close and personal with the great Greek thinkers to learning about Luddites, mastering the art of doing nothing to understanding the peculiar habits of the sloth, this is learning with a difference.

Home to the chefs, growers, gardeners and food writers coming to Port Eliot ather at the Flower & Fodder Stage. Much of this year’s workshop programme was inspired by the search for good food and drink. Workshop subjects include foraging, mixology, wild cocktail making, learning all about the most powerful food on the planet with the Cornish Seaweed Company, cider and cheese pairing and campfire cooking. Audience members of all ages are invited to enter all sorts of competitive classes, as well as putting forward their best pasties, cakes, buns, jam tarts and boozy preserves.

The festival had a huge selection of food and drink, with a large range of freshly caught seafood, other local and traditional delicacies and international streetfood.

Despite the weather hundreds of festival goers still lept into the estuary of the river Lynher – a particularly beautiful part of the site. As the tide recedes into turns into a really fun mudbath, with kids sliding down the muddy banks. Not so much fun when they have to wash all the mud off from the freezing shower provided but worth every moment.

The Dwarves of Zennor

 Our 8 x 10m stretch tent enjoyed a week up with ‘The Dwarves of Zennor‘, a group who get together to make swords & things in a remote field. Amongst other things they heat & cast metals to make various implements, make leather shoes & knit. They moved onto this empty field for 10 days and in this time they built themself a compost toilet, pumped water up from the river using a ram pump & even went down an old disused mine. Lovely to see the old methods being used & we were lucky enough to join them where we got to try out some of their crafts, watch them smelting metal and enjoyed a meal and fire in the yurt where a great pirate band entertained us. The stars that night were incredible, so lovely to have no light pollution.

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