As a massive fan of all seafood, I was lucky enough to visit Plymouth Seafood Festival a couple of months ago. Plymouth’s annual event took place on the Barbican and Sutton Harbour over the weekend of September, a record turnout on last year.
Unlike those big sponsored annual food festivals in London I attended in the past, food were so-so, deliberately overpriced and style over substance. This annual event is very local, family friendly, help support local fishermen while also promoting sustainable seafood caught off the shores and educating consumers, understanding the importance of sustainable fishing in the UK, and what the event has to offer. Did you know Plymouth Fisheries is England’s second largest fresh fish market?
Without further ado, here’s the visual diary of my visit.
Local Plymouth chefs cooking up a storm at the live outdoor cookery demonstration.
With array of stalls rocking up some mouthwatering street food, range of local produce including fresh fish, cheese, Cornish and Devonish Liqueurs (so delicious). Lively entertainment, activities and craft stands to keep young and old visitors entertained.
Dan The Fish Man – this popular stall has certainly caught my attention. Drawn by the smell of Dan’s cooking; seafood paella (my favourite Spanish dish) and chowder cooked in a giant pot and pan filled with fresh local ingredients and fresh fish caught from Clovelly in North Devon.
A long walk after eating to burn some calories, starting from the narrow cobbled streets and picturesque Tudor and Jacobean buildings on the Barbican Waterfront.
A walk along the Victorian promenade of Plymouth Hoe, with incredible bay views and historical old buildings, fortified medieval castle and Smeaton’s Lighthouse. Strolling past an Art Deco Tinside Lido is a classic example of the quintessential British seaside from the begone era. Although it was quite windy from the sea breeze, with sea crashing the limestone rocks, I had an enjoyable time.
Kit Lee was a guest of Plymouth Seafood Festival 2016 (click HERE for more info).
A 2 night stay (B&B) courtesy of Moorland Garden Hotel in Dartmoor.
Great Western Railway runs daily trains from London Paddington to Plymouth.