Now in its eleventh year, the Newquay Fish Festival will transform the iconic harbour into a food-lover’s paradise with abundant amounts of fresh seafood, all-day fish barbeques and cookery demonstrations from top chefs James Nathan and Sanjay Kumar amongst others.
The popular three-day event combines Newquay’s vibrant holiday scene and the traditional fishing community, bringing the harbour to life and showcasing the importance of the Cornish fishing industry and its variety of produce to the public, as well as local arts and crafts.
Chef demonstrations will be perfectly complemented by a platter of talks from Newquay fishermen, as well as highly skilled displays of fish-filleting from local fishmongers. Children will be entertained by the swash-buckling antics of the Pirates of St Pirans alongside the ever-popular Fishy Tales which will enthral the tiddlers. There will also be a children’s art competition run over the weekend by Newquay Society of Artists.
A plethora of local businesses have joined the crew of exhibitors, including the Headland Hotel and the Hotel Bristol, as well as chefs Neil Haydock of Watergate Bay Hotel and Andrew Clarke from Bedruthan Steps who are demonstrating over the weekend. This year the festival will be commemorated with a book-full of fabulous recipes from the chefs who are involved. Visitors can purchase these for only a £1 prior to the event from the Newquay Tourist Information Centre or Newquay Voice Offices.
Music is an important factor in this year’s festival and the harbour side is set to hum to the tunes from Songs of Praise, the Newquay Male Voice Choir, the South West representative in the national competition ‘Teenstar’ Jim Keir and the Newquay Town Band. On the Friday, people are encouraged to dig out an eye-patch and hop over to the ticket-only ‘Pirate and Pyscador Party’. Tickets are £10 per person and include a free pint of the festival’s specialist ale ‘Pyscador’, and entertainment from the Mowtown Pirates, who are back by popular demand. Whilst on Saturday, the legendary fisherman Phil Trebillcock will be hosting ‘Phil’s Fish ‘n’ Chip Ball’. Tickets are £12.50 per person, allowing visitors to see in the sunset with a pint of ale, a light fish supper and the melodies of the amazing Swing Empire. Tickets are available from Newquay Tourist Information Centre or www.visitnewquay.org/events.
Other highlights include: the Pop Up Museum by Newquay Old Cornwall Society, showing the history of the harbour; interactive rock-pooling sessions delivered by Blue Reef Aquarium where people can get up close and personal with Cornwall’s local sea-life; as well as competitive sandcastle building competitions, and the launch of the county’s beloved RNLI lifeboat on Sunday morning. Closing the event on the Sunday evening will be Newquay’s very own phenomenal boy band The Rowing Club Singers.
Festival Organiser Claire Evans says: “The Newquay Fish Festival is set to be fantastic this year. The event has already come a long way over the last decade and is getting bigger and better every time. It requires the voluntary input from a host of enthusiastic people, so we are keen to thank them in advance for their hard work. Over the weekend we are always looking for people to help us with a variety of jobs, if you are able to spare an hour over the weekend we would be delighted to hear from you.
Claire continues: “This event is a real crowd puller, bringing the businesses and community together to celebrate all that Newquay has to offer. It is therefore very important to Newquay’s economy, providing a boost to local businesses and franchises that are keen to engage and attract the trade that it generates. Newquay Fish Festival has everything you would want for a grand Cornish day out and we would encourage everyone to come along and experience it for themselves.”
Masterchef 2008 winner and executive chef of The Green Room, Retallack Resort and Spa, James Nathan, is one of the guests demoing his superior culinary skills at the festival. He says: “I was thrilled to be asked to take part at this year’s Newquay Fish Festival. I’m a huge believer in using locally sourced produce, which is why doing a cookery demonstration at the festival is a great chance to cook with local fare and encourage visitors to do the same. The festival has a brilliant reputation so, as both a resident of Cornwall and the Executive Chef of a local restaurant, I’m excited to be a part of the event and look forward to being part of the closing the festivities on the Sunday.”
The 2013 Newquay Fish Festival is sponsored by Start and Co, the Newquay Voice and Newquay Town Council. The Fish Festival has always been extremely grateful for the support and sponsorships provided by local companies.