Nyetimber Dorset Seafood Festival Charity Donation

17 October 2019

Nyetimber Dorset Seafood Festival raises £8,000 for Fishermen’s Mission

The Nyetimber Dorset Seafood Festival has presented its nominated charity, The Fishermen’s Mission, with a cheque for £8,000 at the Festival’s 12th-year-celebration on Monday 14th October — bringing the total amount raised to just over £80,000 since the Festival began. The celebration, held at the Weymouth Sailing Club, saw organisers, sponsors and key participants gather to toast the Festival and present awards to winners of the Sustainability Awards. Guests enjoyed glasses of Nyetimber, canapés and a sit-down meal - the fresh fish kindly supplied by local fishmonger, Weyfish.   

Cheque presentation to Fishermen's Mission

Above: Dean Lawrence – Corporate Partnership Manager - Fishermen’s Mission, Rose Farquhar – Nyetimber Partnership Manager, Zoe Dearsley - Nyetimber brand ambassador.

The Festival took place around Weymouth’s historic harbourside over the weekend of 13th and 14th July 2019 and attracted over 50,000 people. 

Rose Farquhar, Nyetimber Partnership Manager commented: “Nyetimber were delighted to be the title sponsor of the 12th annual Dorset Seafood Festival. It was our first year and we were really impressed with the quality of the stands, the stunning seafood and the beautiful harbour. Pairing British seafood with English sparkling wine is  the perfect combination. It was wonderful to see such a great amount of money raised for The Fishermen’s Mission as well, a charity which works so hard to help fishermen and their families. The recipients of the ‘Sustainability Awards’ were very deserving and it is an important message to champion”.

Dean Lawrence, Corporate Partnerships Manager for the Fishermen’s Mission commented: We are so grateful to the Nyetimber Dorset Seafood Festival for the continued support. Everyone works so hard to raise awareness of the charity and vital funds which enable us to help fishermen and their families. Fishing continues to be the most dangerous peacetime job in the world.”

Now in its fifth year, the Sustainability Awards continue to reward exhibitors who use regional and responsibly-sourced seafood in line with the Festival’s ethos. Responsibility, sustainability and education are key criteria to the Awards, judged this year by Matt Budden — Executive Chef, Hilton Hotel Bournemouth, and Dr Ian Hendy of the Blue Marine Foundation. 

Sustainability Award winners:

  • From Shore to Door – Gold 
  • Assembelly – Silver
  • Mere Trout – Bronze
  • Nosh Box – Highly Commended
  • Dorset Shellfish - Highly Commended
  • Little Berwick Hut - Highly Commended

Ashley Stones, owner From Shore to Door commented: "We have been involved with the Festival for the last eight years, and each year gets better and bigger. We are honoured to have won gold in the Sustainability Awards as it is something we work hard at. We look forward to the 2020 festival!" 

Laura Avant, Festival Director commented: To see Ashley win Gold this year was fantastic; he has a real passion and knowledge about fishing here in Dorset, so such a worthy winner. Every year he serves delicious oriental-style seabass fishcakes, with fish caught from his own boat ‘Wahoo’ of Weymouth. You’ll find a permanent queue from his stall, not surprisingly they sell like hotcakes!

Gold Award

Above: Ashley Stones – From Shore to Door, Laura Avant – Nyetimber Dorset Seafood Festival, Jessie Stones - From Shore to Door

Next year’s Festival will be held on the 11th & 12th July 2020.

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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