Tasty Treats Galore at Plymouth's Seafood Festival
With a line-up of top chefs preparing to showcase their culinary skills, the festival has been getting more and more popular, attracting some of the region’s best talent and most mouth-watering cuisine.
They flambé, sauté, sous-vide and quenelle their way round the event’s special Cookery Theatre throughout the weekend, being held in part of Plymouth’s spectacular Waterfront, on the Barbican and Sutton Harbour on Saturday 16 September to Sunday 17 September.
Now entering its sixth year, well known chefs from throughout the South West will be taking part, including celebrity chef Mitch Tonks from nearby Rockfish, the talented Ben Palmer from Plymouth’s famous The Greedy Goose restaurant, Dez Turland from the Saunton Sands Hotel, Tom Browning-Young from Lewtrenchard Manor.
The chefs will be joined by a host of other local culinary talent during cookery demonstrations throughout the weekend, all using locally sourced and sustainably caught, high quality seafood from the Plymouth Trawler Agents.
And there will be craft stands, marine conservation stalls, and a wonderful variety of food stalls for visitors to sample the delights of everything from lobsters to seaweed.
Plymouth lands 13 per cent of England’s entire fish catch each year, supporting around 900 fisherman and 500 fishing vessels.
Which is why the city is renowned for its wonderful seafood restaurants which dot the city’s Waterfront.
And why Plymouth was the first in the world to be awarded the Fish2Fork Blue Fish status for its commitment to sourcing sustainable fish.
New for the 2017 event, is a second demonstration area at Quay Square, where visitors can, watch how to pick a crab, learn about what fish is in season and where to purchase the freshest, locally caught seafood. There will also be the chance to meet local trawlermen on board their vessels, and understand fish anatomy with experts from the National Marine Aquarium.
Plymouth Waterfront Partnership’s Waterfront Manager and Chief Executive, Sarah Gibson, said: “The Plymouth Seafood Festival has become a highlight of the South West event calendar, with a weekend of family fun celebrating the sea and our wonderful fishermen and women.
“Plymouth has a thriving fishing industry, inter-twined with the city's history and its success is reflected in Plymouth’s status as Britain's Ocean City.
“We have some of the best seafood restaurants in the country, serving fresh catches every day, all year long, and this is our chance to celebrate everything the sea has to offer.
“During the Festival people can sample some of its tastiest delights thanks to the huge selection of delicious food stalls on offer, as well as learning some new cooking techniques and recipes at the Cookery Theatre from some of the region's most talented chefs. Foodies are in for a real treat – it’s an event not to be missed.”
Angus Lugsdin co-founder says “Salcombe Distilling Company is delighted to sponsor the Plymouth Seafood Festival. The multi-award winning Salcombe Gin is a classic citrus led London Dry Gin that pairs beautifully with the region’s outstanding seafood. The fresh citrus, perfumed juniper and gentle warming spices in the gin work in harmony with the sweet saline notes of the finest seafood. We look forward to welcoming the many visitors to our stand to find out more about Salcombe Gin and enjoy a ‘Salcombe & Tonic’ or two”.
The food bonanza also includes events for the little ones, from a special crabbing competition run by The Boathouse Café to the chance to join in the fun with members of CaterEd, who will be leading some hands-on cookery activities, there will also be a fun trail for children, which will be available from the Tourist Information Centre.
On Saturday visitors will also be able to watch – or, if feeling brave - take part in the IMechE Cardboard Boat Race at Commercial Wharf where entrants have to build a boat out of sticky tape and bits of cardboard. The winner is the last boat to sink.
On Sunday celebrity chef Mitch Tonks will be hosting a Crab Festival at his premium seafood restaurant Rockfish at Sutton Harbour. 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.
Plymouth Seafood Festival is organised by the Plymouth Waterfront Partnership and delivered by Plymouth City Council, and is very grateful to its sponsors, Salcombe Gin, and its partners, including: Sutton Harbour Holdings, Plymouth Fisheries, Plymouth Trawler Agents, Interfish, National Marine Aquarium and Crabstock who offer their support to make the event such a great success.
For more information on the Plymouth Seafood Festival, visit: visitplymouth.co.uk