For those who haven't heard of it, LostFest is Lostwithiel's one-day quirky music festival, and is completely free! There is an eclectic mix of live music, dancing, arts and crafts, workshops and demonstrations. Each year, LostFest sees a mixture of old favourites plus some new guests. The music performances range from samba, Morris dancing, guitar buskers, barbershop quartets and violin solos, so there will be something for everyone.
Musical highlights at LostFest include Bagas Crowd, a street string band playing traditional Cornish tunes; Canoryon Lowen, a choir performing a varied repertoire such as classic, rock ballads and Broadway songs; Cornish Connection, a men's barbershop harmony chorus based in St Austell and a favourite of LostFest; Grapefruit Moon, a trio playing Americana and folk featuring the Celtic harp; Los Samba, a Lostwithiel Latin American drumming band and Lostwithiel Town Band giving rousing renditions on their brass instruments. Find out about other appearances at LostFest on their event listing here and don't miss the main bands performing in the evening, two local bands MorZim and Bonetired.
LostFest is not just about the music, as there are loads of stalls selling art, crafts and antiques. The festival supports UK and Cornish artists and artisans, so anything you pick up is home-grown. The stalls will open at 10 am. Expect to see vintage clothing, children's toys, handmade jewellery, household accessories, cards and prints, photography, upcycled furniture and much more.
The assortment of food available to sample and buy at LostFest will get your mouth watering too, with food from all over the world making an appearance. You expect delicious Mexican, pizza, Thai, game meat from the Cornish Venison Co, gourmet coffees and teas, Middle Eastern Cuisines, vegetarian and vegan dishes, homemade drinks, traditional sweets and of course plenty of Cornish food.
LostFest is a free event, though donations are welcome, with funds raised in aid of FLEET (Front Line Emergency Equipment Trust). FLEET helps to get staff to cardiac arrest patients in remote areas around Cornwall and also helps install public access defibrillator cabinets across the county, increasing the chances of patients lives being saved.
The main shopping street, Fore Street, will be closed on the day of the festival, so the best option is using the Park and Ride, signposted off the A390 at Trewether Farm. Parking in side streets is available around Lostwithiel if you do drive but be considerate of residents. You can also get to Lostwithiel by train.
For more information about what to do when staying at our boutique hotel in Fowey, take a look at our blog. If you are staying with us this coming week and attending events at the Fowey Festival of Art & Literature, find out what the highlights are here.