Mevagissey Feast Week
...established in 1754 and still going!
The wonderfully-named fishing port village of Mevagissey, near St Austell, is the scene of a week-long festival celebrating the ancient 'Feast of St Peter'.
Thought to be the longest-surviving festival in the county, Mevagissey Feast Week dates back to 1754 and is a colourful carnival for everyone running between 24th - 30th June 2012.
The fervently traditional and the new combine to provide a host of events, as the community both comes together and flings open its metaphorical doors to welcome large numbers of visitors year on year.
A celebration of some form has been held in Mevagissey for centuries, having originally been held in December. However this coincided with a busy fishing period and so in 1752 Mevagissey adopted St Peter as its patron saint and has held a festival to celebrate this date 29th June ever since.
Fish Feast Day marks the opening of this essential Cornwall event on Sunday with some exciting new bands on the live music stage, and the festival runs until the following Saturday.
Exhibitions, demonstrations, dancing, live music including choirs and bands, kids entertainment and competitions, colourful carnival parades, boat and raft races, a fete, food (including fresh fish dishes, of course), drink and - last but not least - a huge firework display are just some of the events taking place of the course of the week.
Some of the highlights of 2012 included young soprano Margaret Keys in concert in St Andrews Church (joined by the Mevagissey Male Choir), while tribute band Kings of Queen appeared on the Friday.
More information can be found on the official Mevagissey Feast Week festival (see related links).
Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015