fish festival 2012_8259It’s one of Cornwall’s best-loved foodie festivals and this year over 12-14 September, the Newquay Fish Festival  will haul over 20,ooo visitors to enjoy a multitude of mouth-watering tasters, cooking demos, talks and live music all in celebration of the town’s fishing heritage, its hardy fisherman and local culture.

Hosted at Newquay Harbour which recently completed major development works, the festival returns for its 12th year.  Highlights include demonstrations by winner of BBC MasterChef, James Nathan; entertainment from Band of Pirates from Isle of White who will be reminding visitors of Cornwall’s dangerous seafaring history and the grand Fish and Chip Ball on Saturday night.

While the Fish Festival provides a diverse selection of entertainment for visitors and locals alike, it also illustrates an important part of Newquay’s heritage and trade, showcasing Newquay Harbour’s key importance in supplying seafood.  Fifteen boats currently sail out of Newquay year-round, providing jobs and a stable economy for over 30 fishermen, some of whom are the fourth generation of Newquay fishing families.

The waters and underwater habitats around Newquay provide a rich breeding ground for crabs and lobsters in particular, and the produce is in demand with chefs around Cornwall and across the UK.  Plus, over 90% of the annual haul is actually exported to Spain and France where Newquay shellfish is viewed as a much sought after delicacy.

The event programme across the two days is brimming with fishy delights including a large selection of craft and food stalls and music.  Plus there are opportunities to taste delicious, fresh produce straight from the sea, as well as a whole host of cookery demonstrations from some of the best chefs in the region, showcasing all of the fabulous fish and seafood produced from one of the most important ports in the south west.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to delve into the harbour’s 200-year history.  Pilchard fishing was the main focus of the harbour from the start of the 19 century and the iconic Huers huts dotted around Newquay’s coastline still remain with stories to tell which will be shared during talks over the weekend.

Kate Cortez, Newquay BID Manager said: “We are thrilled that the Fish Festival is now in its 12th year and is continuing to grow in popularity with locals and visitors.  We’re really excited to be adding to the events programme for this year’s festival and we know it is set to be the best one yet.”

“What’s great about Newquay Fish Festival is that it has always stayed true to its heritage and it’s an event that’s full of soul and loved by so many who continue to come back every year.”

Much more than just a date on the events calendar, Newquay Fish Festival is a prime weekend to showcase the very best of Newquay’s authentic fishing heritage and culture whilst providing an opportunity for residents and visitors alike, to experience Newquay and all the abundance elements on offer at one of the UK’s premier seaside resorts.