Plymouth Seafood Festival returns to celebrate the sea

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Plymouth Seafood Festival returns to celebrate the best of Britain’s Ocean City on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 September. 

In a vibrant celebration of fresh fish and seafood, the historic Barbican and Sutton Harbour will host a stunning showcase of sustainable seafood caught locally just off the shores of Plymouth. Traders and market stalls, a cookery theatre, children’s activities, demonstration marquees and more will appear along the quayside, already packed with shops, galleries and restaurants. 

The cookery theatre is the star of the show and will host talented regional chefs, including Paul Doidge (KUKU/The Mission), Suphawadee Kaden (Supha’s Street Food Emporium) and Tom Dodd (The Greedy Goose).

Market traders will line The Parade and Quay Square, selling everything from seafood to spice kits, to liqueurs and cheese and Ventons Devon Cyder will host the bar, selling their award-winning cider. 

The festival’s resident artist, Debby Mason, will also be in attendance with her beautiful sea-themed prints, selling etchings, mugs and hand-printed textiles, and local galleries will offer unique sea-themed gifts. 

Other weekend highlights include the IMechE Cardboard Boat Race on Saturday and the crabbing competition, Rockfish Crab Festival and RNLI Open Day on Sunday.  

There is lots to entertain children with hands-on activities provided by the National Marine Aquarium and CaterEd, who will be running free cookery workshops in the Kids’ Kitchen throughout the weekend. 

Sarah Gibson, Chief Executive of the Plymouth Waterfront Partnership, the festival’s organisers, said: “The fishing industry is hugely important to our city.Plymouth Fisheries at Sutton Harbour is viewed by many as the fisheries hub of the region and one of the most important in the UK, sustaining over 600 hundred jobs and selling more than 6,000 tonnes of fish every year, whilst numerous waterfront restaurants serve up dishes prepared daily with locally caught fish.

“Our Plymouth Seafood Festival celebrates the sea, inspiring everyone to eat more fish and support the local businesses involved in the industry right across the Waterfront. It’s a real treat to learn about and taste fresh fish caught directly from the pristine marine environment that surrounds our shores. In the hope that Plymouth may be set to become the UK’s first National Marine Park, the Seafood Festival is another great example of why Plymouth is such a fantastic city in which to live, work and have fun.”

This year, the festival brings together the National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth Fisheries, Interfish, the Fishermen’s Mission and the RNLI, along with a number of restaurants and shops to celebrate marine life and the delights of seafood. The popular annual event regularly attracts more than 20,000 visitors to the quayside.

The best way to travel to the festival is Park & Ride to Royal Parade or via car with parking at the Theatre Royal car park, Elphinstone car park or Harbour car park. 

If parking at the Harbour car park, the Sutton Harbour Ferry will be running throughout the weekend from Lockyer’s Quay and West Pier (Mayflower Steps) from 9.30am to 6.45pm. Tickets cost £1 for a single trip or £1.50 for a return trip and under 5’s travel free.

For more information about Plymouth Seafood Festival, see www.visitplymouth.co.uk/whats-on/top-events/plymouth-seafood-festival.