Dorset Seafood Festival serves up the UK’s Largest Free Street Food Event

11 February 2013

Dorset Seafood Festival, 13th & 14th July, will take over the picturesque setting of Weymouth Harbour for the sixth year to deliver the UK’s largest free seafood street food festival. The event is a celebration of the sea and all its bounty and is supported by title sponsor Pommery Champagne for the fourth consecutive year. Taking place over two days the Dorset Seafood Festival brings together celebrity and local chefs, over 80 stalls serving freshly cooked seafood dishes and, for the first time this year, a collaborative pop-up cinema event of 20,000 Leagues under the Sea with DJ and musicians providing the film’s soundtrack.

Weymouth Harbour provides the perfect setting for the Dorset Seafood Festival; Pommery Champagne corks are ready to pop again across pavement bars overlooking one of the UK’s few working harbours. Visitors will enjoy freshly shucked oysters whilst the aroma of seafood being cooked around the harbour fills the air. Joining the conviviality will be local chefs Mark Hix, Mat Follas, John Wright, Lesley Waters, Russell Brown and from the South West, Richard Bertinet, Matt Cook and Duncan Lucas. These well known chefs will be demonstrating some of their favourite fish dishes on the festival’s famous demonstration stages.

Visitors to last year’s event enjoyed a feast of seafood dishes including; mussels Orientale cooked in white wine, Moroccan fish seafood tagine, handmade seafood with seafood toppings, seafood and mango stir fry, jelly & ice cream (lobster jelly with horseradish ice cream on a seaweed blini), classic moules frites, moules with lychee and coconut sauce, Punjabi and Mumbai fish curry with fish pakora, Lyme Bay bergamot cured mackerel, West Bay char grilled monkfish with honey spiced pork belly, marinated cod tongues, monkfish cheeks wrapped in Parma ham, BBQ razor clams in garlic and chilli butter, crepes with smoked salmon and crème fraiche, seafood chowder, sprats with spiced tabbouleh and  fresh mackerel wraps with horseradish mayonnaise.

“The Dorset Seafood Festival provides the perfect opportunity for foodies to come and taste some of the best seafood in the south west. The setting is stunning and the atmosphere is warm and convivial. We are looking forward to delivering a more extended and diverse programme this year, only made possible with the support of our sponsors; Pommery Champagne, Weird Fish clothing, Roasting Plank and Cono Sur Wines. Whilst enjoyment is at the heart of the event we also are committed to raising much needed funds for our chosen charity The Fishermen’s Mission. From last year’s event we were able to donate £12,539.60 to the charity,” commented Brian Cooper Dorset Seafood Festival committee member.

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Notes to the Editor

1.      News release supplied by Tandem  Marketing; for more information please contact Lisa Worthington 01305 458414 or 07889 403185

2.      Visit for videos and images from previous events.

3.      A Dorset Seafood Festival app is also available

Partner / Sponsor & Charity Information

The Fishermen’s Mission

The Fishermen’s Mission is the only fishermen’s charity that provides emergency support alongside practical and emotional care. It helps all fishermen, active or retired, and their families. It does this by:

  • Offering immediate assistance, day or night, to the families of fishermen who have been killed or seriously injured
  • Looking after the survivors of fishing boat accidents· Helping injured or ill fishermen to find medical help· Finding emergency housing and food if necessary
  • Supporting fishermen’s families in the case of illness, distress or financial difficulties
  • Alleviating loneliness by visiting retired fishermen and their families at home or in hospital
  • Offering welfare and support to overseas fishermen working in the UK fishing industry, especially those who have to live onboard boats· Providing Christian pastoral and practical help, including problems with debt, sickness, bereavement, family difficulties, debt and addiction problems.
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SEAFEAST - The Dorset Seafood Festival raises funds for the Fishermen's Mission - the vital port of call for fishermen and their families.
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