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Countdown to Fish Festival

By Warren Wilkins 30th August 2017

NEWQUAY is set to serve up its eagerly anticipated annual seafood extravaganza next week.
Thousands of people are set to descend on Newquay Harbour to attend the 15th Newquay Fish Festival, which will be held between September 8 and 10.

Visitors will be able to savour the atmosphere and feast their eyes on some of the region’s finest chefs demonstrating the art of seafood cookery, which include Christopher Archambault from the Headland Hotel, Nick Osborne from the Retallack Resort and Pam Perring from the Hotel Bristol.

They will have the opportunity to taste what the chefs have cooked as well as tuck into the dishes being made at the mouth- watering food stalls that will line the quay. The food, crafts and arts tents will bring together the best of Cornwall’s local products and foods. One of the highlights at the festival this year will be a Can’t Cook Won’t Cook-style cook off between Newquay MP Steve Double and local fisherman Phil Trebilcock, while Gareth Horner from E Rawle and Co fishmongers will be giving a fish filleting demonstration

The crowds will also be entertained by a host of live music acts such as the Blues Brothers On the Run, The Cornish Rock Choir, Fiddle Me Timbers, Newquay Male Voice Choir, The Rowing Club Singers, Oll An Gwella, Porky, C Harrison Bird and Amy Louise. The marquee will once again this year host two special evening events, which include The Last Night of the Proms featuring Mount Charles Silver Band on the Friday night at 7pm and The Lobster Pot Ball showcasing Cornish jazz band Jump Up on the Saturday night from 7.30pm.

Elsewhere, Newquay Old Cornwall Society will stage a pop-up museum showcasing the history of Newquay Harbour, which goes back to the 15th Century. A number of community groups will be raising funds at the Fish Festival, including Newquay Society of Artists who will also paint on site and Newquay Hospital League of Friends, while Newquay Churches Together will be organising an open air Songs of Praise in the harbour to conclude the event on Sunday evening.

There will also be face painting by Newquay Zoo, crabbing and children’s art competitions and fishing demonstrations, as well as special character appearances over the weekend.
Newquay Fish Festival was originally founded to highlight the important role that the working harbour plays with its shellfish, line-caught fish and other fishing activities. This year’s event will further seek to lift the lid on the life of a fisherman in Newquay today.

Newquay Fish Festival committee chairman, Andy Cole, who hosts the cookery demonstrations, said: “This year’s fish fest is going to be bigger and better than previous years. We have got lots of new ideas and features. I would just encourage everyone to come and join us and anyone interested in coming to the evening events should buy their tickets as soon as possible as they are selling quickly.”

Tickets are available for the Last Night of the Proms and the Lobster Pot Ball from Newquay TIC, Andy’s Cafe in East Street and via the Newquay Fish Festival website.
The Fish Festival is free to attend during the day and a shuttle bus to and from the top of South Quay Hill is available.

By Warren Wilkins 30th August 2017

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