With a feast fit for a queen, Poole Seafood Festival will be a three-day celebration of the town’s lengthy and proud maritime and fishing heritage.
Poole Seafood Festival will also champion the thriving marine and leisure activities that make the town and its harbour the hive of economic activity it is today.
“The lives of Poole people are inextricably linked to the sea and what better way to commemorate our island nation’s longest serving monarch than with a feast from the sea?” says festival director Ben Dyas of Dorset Food Festivals.
Poole Quay will see all the action with a haul of fresh produce, stalls and live entertainment.
Guest chefs cooking live on the Seafood Stage will include Ian Salmon from Rick Stein Sandbanks; Ian Gibbs from the Guildhall Tavern in Poole’s Old Town and private chefs, TV curry queen Sarah Ali Choudbury and Christian Ørner of Poole-based SALT Cø.
From gins to jewellery, stalls will line the quay alongside the Champagne and Oyster bar, as well as local beer, cider and wine.
Mouth watering highlights at Poole Seafood Festival will include the return of The Mussel Pod – the moules with the most – not to mention the Purbeck Trout Farm smorgasbord, open sandwiches and mackerel paté from The Porthole, Weymouth Seafood’s squid and the contemporary street food of Henry the Cockleman.
The area’s finest buoy bands like Wareham Whalers and The Captain’s Beard will sing the songs of the sea, but landlubbers will also be able to get their groove on to the rock, funk, blues and folk sounds of All Funked Up, Chris Payn, Mischa & HIs Merry Men, Jimmy Hillbillies and Mother Ukers.
“Poole is my home town so I know how important fishing and the sea is to its identity,” adds Ben. “And it’s great to see the town buzzing again with a thriving marine leisure industry so we want Poole Seafood Festival to be a showcase for Poole at its very best – you can taste the sea in everything we do!”
Poole Seafood Festival is free to attend, opening from 10am until 10pm on Friday 3 June, 10am until 9pm on Saturday 4 June and 11am to 6pm on Sunday 5 June.
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