PORT ELIOT FESTIVAL 2014
WHAT ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO AT THIS YEAR’S PORT ELIOT FESTIVAL?
BETH DRUCE, FASHION WRITER
Living in Cornwall, you can often feel very far away from fashion – yet for a few days in July, St Germans is transformed into the centre of the sartorial universe. I never fail to be wowed by the faces that turn up in the wardrobe department, and this year feels particularly starry with Suzy Menkes taking to the stage to talk about her own wardrobe. Other than that I’ll be getting my face painted by Louise Gray (obligatory), and going to the launch party for Luella Bartley’s new book…that’s assuming I can decide what to wear.
EVIE MICHELL, AGE 9
All of it! I’m going to watch how to make marshmallows and hopefully do lots of arts and crafts in the Badger’s Sett. I liked Murray Lachlan Young last time so can’t wait to see his show again. We really love the One Minute Disco.
EMMA PATE, FOODIE
There is so much to look forward to where do I start? As a foodie, food has got to be top of the list. Aside from the numerous fantastic food stalls, this year the highlight for me has to be Mark Hix’s feast night with Fortnum and Mason…which I am very much looking forward to!
The Rum & Crab Shack from St Ives are at Port Eliot for the first time which I am also very excited about.
My favourite moments have to be when the ‘One Minute Disco’ opens its doors and we all dance like crazy for just one minute. Oooh and then there is the churros….you can never eat too much churros at Port Eliot.
JIM MICHELL, BAREFOOT MEDIA
Eating, drinking, dancing. On the music front I am really keen to see Public Service Broadcasting and Gruff Rhys. I’m sure Russell Norman’s take on the restaurant industry will be fascinating, and comedy heroes Jessica Hynes and Count Arthur Strong will be on my list too. If previous years are anything to go by I imagine I will manage to miss all of the above and end up following a troupe of lycra-clad Eastern European “gymnasts” around the festival for three days.
MIKE POLSON, POP CAFE & GALLERY
I’m most looking forward to watching Jimi Goodwin (I love Doves) and Viv Albertine (I love The Slits). I think I’ll give the Fountain Restaurant in the Orangery a try too.
ELLIE MICHELL, BAREFOOT CORNWALL
Just reading the programme gives me butterflies. I want to see all the cookery demos, hang out in the Badger’s Sett and get creative with Anthropologie. I love seeing the children’s faces light up as they watch shows, listen to magical music and learn new crafts.
I’m looking forward to wandering the beautiful grounds and chatting with friends, old and new, and lying in the sunshine in the walled garden.
I intend to eat my way around the festival, from the street food stalls to Mark Hix’s Orangery Restaurant. I hope to see The Ethicureans, Russell Norman, Mark Diacono, Jessica Hynes and Sean Hughes, amongst many others.
I don’t go to Port Eliot with a plan of what I want to do or see – I look forward to wandering the site and chancing upon the unexpected and avant-garde, along with the delicious food and drink which I do plan meticulously each day! I went to the Elephant Fayre in the early ’80s and nostalgic memories somehow adds to my enjoyment of it now.
BILLY AND VIC, DISCO BEADS
Port Eliot is possibly our favourite event of the year! We are looking forward to the chilled vibe, shady trees and happy people.
SOPHIE MICHELL, AGE 7
I’m looking forward to knitting in the Hullaballoo, dressing up in bin bags, eating ice cream, painting and watching shows. I hope the camel will be there again this time. I love staying up late and eating lots of churros in the evening. The light up toys that you throw in the sky are really cool.
The 2014 Port Eliot Festival will be held from 24 – 27 July at St German’s, near Saltash. For more details, including a full programme and ticket information, visit www.porteliotfestival.com.
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