Action-packed weekend for Plymouth Seafood Festival

Plymouth prepares to cook up a storm at this year’s Plymouth Seafood Festival, which was launched at the National Marine Aquarium.

The launch offered partners and businesses a taster of what is to follow in September, with a morning of fascinating talks and demonstrations.

The Plymouth Seafood Festival, organised by the Plymouth Waterfront Partnership, takes place on Saturday September 16 and Sunday September 17, and will be bringing the Barbican and Sutton Harbour alive with a celebration of locally sourced and sustainably caught, high quality seafood.

The Festival will be offering visitors a weekend full of delicious dishes for all the family to enjoy as well as hands-on activities, including a children’s activity trail, cookery fun workshops where they can touch and taste local produce, as well as fascinating demonstrations and competitions.

Well known regional chefs from some of the best restaurants in the South West, will be showing off their culinary skills in the special Cookery Theatre. Throughout the weekend visitors can sample the delights of everything from lobster to whelk, as well as learning some new cooking techniques, such as picking crab.

Visitors will be spoilt for choice with the huge selection of delicious food stalls to enjoy, and the children will love the crabbing competition along the harbour, by the Boathouse Café. CATERed will be entertaining the children with hands-on cookery fun and activities, where they can learn about local produce through touch and taste.

The National Marine Aquarium will be producing a fun trail with activities for the children to complete throughout their visit, with the opportunity to win some great prizes.

New for this year is the second demonstration area at Quay Square, where you can watch demonstrations, join in Q&A sessions, learn about what fish are in season from our industry partners Plymouth Trawler Agents. And, more importantly, where to purchase the freshest, locally caught seafood. Climb on-board the fishing trawlers, supplied by Interfish, and chat to the local fisherman about their fascinating and sometimes forbidding experiences out on the water.

The event also sees the return of the fantastic IMechE Cardboard Boat Race, which will be on Commercial Wharf on Saturday. Build a boat out of nothing but a few bits of cardboard and some sticky tape, and sail it around a course in Plymouth harbour. The winner is the last one to sink!

CRAB FESTIVAL

Other highlights include the street food area on West Pier and on Sunday 17 September celebrity chef Mitch Tonks will be hosting a Crab Festival at his premium seafood restaurant Rockfish. With live music, entertainment, a stand for pots of crab cocktail, fresh crabmeat to buy and take home and of course a special menu featuring this great local shellfish.

For more details visit: visitplymouth.co.uk

First published in the Plymouth Magazine – September 2017

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