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Raffle launched for Porthleven Food and Music Festival

By West Briton  |  Posted: March 09, 2014

By Graeme Wilkinson

Boats At Marazion by David Hosking, the top prize in a raffle for Porthleven Food and Music Festival.

Boats At Marazion by David Hosking, the top prize in a raffle for Porthleven Food and Music Festival.

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THE organisers of the Porthleven Food and Music Festival said they have been overwhelmed with raffle donations to help fund this year's event.

The star prize is an original painting by renowned Cornish artist David Hosking, which is worth £650.

Celebrity chef Antony Worral Thompson is 'headlining' the festival, which is run as a free community event by a volunteer committee on April 26.

Event co-ordinator Hannabeth Johnson said: "There were some initial concerns that this year it would be hard to fund the popular free festival due to the lack of outside grants available for community events.

"However, the generosity of local people and businesses in terms of time, sponsorship and donations have put the event back on the calendar.

"In the aftermath of the recent storms it is hoped the spring food and music festival will attract a large number of tourists to the town and give the message that Porthleven is open and ready for business."

Louise Winterton, the festival treasurer and owner of Customs House Gallery in Porthleven, said: "The festival raffle is a vital resource to help pay for the festivities and keep the event free for the community to enjoy.

"We have been overwhelmed with amazing raffle donations. It is wonderful that people are being so generous as this year there is very little money available for community events.

"Speaking as a local business owner whose trade has been affected by the recent storms, the festival will be a welcome boost to tourism in the area."

The 30 raffle prizes which are all donated by local businesses and artists cost more than £2,000 in total and include the painting by Mr Hosking, a canvas by Waves Surf Art Gallery worth £395, family surf lessons at Dan Joel Surf School, a year's coffee subscription by Helston-based Origin Coffee, voucher for No1 The Salon in Helston, fine dining at Porthleven restaurants Kota and The Square and a two-night stay in luxury B&B The Artists Loft in Porthleven.

Raffle tickets can be bought from the following Porthleven outlets: Stargazy, Waves Gallery, Customs House Gallery and The Atlantic Inn.

For further raffle information go to the website www.porthlevenfoodfestival.com

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