The Pommery Dorset Seafood Festival is back once again this year celebrating their 11th anniversary. Last year was an overwhelming success with a reported 60,000 visitors attending the event. This year looks to be even better with just under 100 stalls around the beautiful harbour, there will be plenty to see and try.
Be entertained by a diverse line up of national gourmet experts and also our much cherished local fishmongers and chefs. Participate in hands-on sessions, find out about under-utilised species, convince the family to attempt new encounters and discover why we should all eat more fish.
New for 2018
New this year is drinks professional and journalist Susy Atkins who will be wandering around the Festival fizzing with Pommery ideas and demos. Plus she will be joining three of our much loved Dorset spirit brands for a tasting and tutorial on their stands. If you love a glass of fizz, or a gin or vodka cocktail then look out for Susy.
As well as the food, there will be a wide range of exciting experiences for families to enjoy over the two days. Local fishermen will be running free family workshops with knot tying, basket weaving and lobster pot making. There will also be Face Painting and the Great Baldini will be performing at The Ship Inn.
Types of seafood available
There is an extensive variety of fish that are sourced from the waters off Dorset. Choose from more than 40 distinct species available. The range covers:
- Shellfish like clams and mussels which are reaped in the waters around Poole and Portland. Crab and lobster can be discovered up and down the Dorset drift.
- Flatfish like Dover sole, plaice and touch and round-angle like ocean bass, pollock. There is also the ever-well known mackerel are also landed off Dorset.
There is now a greater emphasis on responsibly sourced seafood from the region where possible. The Dorset Seafood Festival helps raise money for the Fishermen’s Mission charity.
The festival runs over the whole weekend of the 14th and 15th July from 10:30 – 18:00. Located in and around Weymouth’s harbour with free admission. Travel to Weymouth is easy via South Western Trains or park and ride at the Mount Pleasant car park just out of town. Click on the link to find out more about the Dorset seafood festival event.