Recipe for success at Porthleven Food Festival

The tenth Porthleven Food Festival was deemed an overwhelming success according to most reports although some were critical of traffic problems caused by the record number of visitors to the annual event.

Some visitors claimed they were stuck in traffic for up to two hours while waiting to be ushered into the designated parking areas. It was also reported some bus services to the village were cancelled after three buses were stuck on unpassable roads.

Festival supporters argue that any blame for traffic issues does not lay with the organisers, who ensured measures were in place to deal with anticipated problems. A park-and-ride scheme restricted vehicle access to sections of the town and parking permits were issued to residents for the duration of the weekend.

However, it is clear that issues did arise and lessons will no doubt be learnt from the experience and further improvements made for next year.

Traffic problems were not helped by the sheer number of people who attempted to drive to the event rather than use one of the many alternative transport options available. The healthiest option for many was to walk to Porthleven via Penrose or use one of the shuttle buses from Helston.

Instead hundreds of people abandoned their cars on grass verges either side of the roads on the way into Porthleven, as well as in places without parking restrictions.

The festival provides a huge economic boost to the town while showcasing hundreds of local artisan food producers to more than 30,000 visitors.

I feel proud that we have a such a huge wealth of amazing individuals who produce unique and special products and a festival that gives an opportunity for them to raise their profile.

Instead of focusing on a comparatively small number of complaints, I applaud the organisers for hosting such a wonderful weekend of high quality food and drink, live music and plenty of fun mixed with glorious sunshine on all three days.

Huge congratulations to everyone involved.

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