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Plymouth Set to Cook up a Storm for Seafood Festival

16th September, 2017 - 17th September, 2017

Plymouth Seafood Festival is back and is set to bring the Barbican and Sutton Harbour alive with entertainment, activities and dishes to celebrate the city’s fantastic seafood. Here are a selection of photos taken by our team during previous years.

The following information was provided by the organisers of Plymouth Seafood Festival. For full details, please click here.

With a line-up of top chefs preparing to showcase their culinary skills, the festival has been getting more and more popular, attracting some of the region’s best talent and most mouth-watering cuisine.

They flambé, sauté, sous-vide and quenelle their way round the event’s special Cookery Theatre throughout the weekend, being held on the Barbican and Sutton Harbour on Saturday 16 September to Sunday 17 September.

Now entering its sixth year, well known chefs from throughout the South West will be taking part, including the talented Ben Palmer from Plymouth’s famous The Greedy Goose restaurant, Dez Turland from the Saunton Sands Hotel, Tom Browning-Young from Lewtrenchard Manor and Mitch Tonks from nearby Rockfish.

The celebrity chefs will be joined by a host of other local culinary talent during cookery demonstrations throughout the weekend, all using locally sourced and sustainably caught, high quality seafood from the Plymouth Trawler Agents.

And there will be craft stands, marine conservation stalls, and a wonderful variety of food stalls for visitors to sample the delights of everything from lobster to seaweed.

New for the 2017 event is a second demonstration area at Quay Square, where visitors can watch how to pick a crab, learn about what fish is in season and where to purchase the freshest, locally caught seafood. There will also be the chance to meet local trawlermen on board their vessels, get in deep on fish anatomy with experts from the National Marine Aquarium.

The food bonanza also includes events for the little ones, from a special crabbing competition run by The Boathouse Café to the chance to join in the fun with members of CaterEd, who will be leading some hands-on cookery fun, there will also be a trail for children from the Tourist Information Centre.

On Saturday visitors will also be able to watch – or, if brave – take part in the IMechE Cardboard Boat Race at Commercial Wharf where entrants have to build a boat out of sticky tape and cardboard. The winner is the last boat to sink!

On Sunday celebrity chef Mitch Tonks will be hosting a Crab Festival at his premium seafood restaurant Rockfish at Sutton Harbour. With live music, entertainment, a stand for pots of crab cocktail, fresh crabmeat to buy and take home and of course a special menu featuring this great local shellfish.

The Sutton Harbour Ferry running from West Pier from 9.30am to 6.45pm. £1 single trip and £1.50 return. Under 5’s go free.

So, Plymouth’s Seafood Festival looks set to get the taste buds tingling and the mouth-watering over a truly scrumptious and delicious weekend.

For those of you who would like to plan your day in advance, here is a copy of the event brochure.

The following photos were provided by the organisers of the Seafood Festival and show the event in previous years.

We cannot wait for this fantastic event and look forward to attending every year. For those of you travelling to Plymouth, The Duke is the perfect place to rest your head after a wonderful day in Britain’s Ocean City. Be sure to contact our Reception team on 01752 275850 to make your booking, we look forward to hearing from you.


16th September, 2017
17th September, 2017
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