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Fantastic Fish Festival!

By Beth Perry 13th September 2017

Fantastic Fish Festival!
Visitors to Newquay Fish Festival 2017.

NEWQUAY Harbour proved it was the ‘plaice’ to be when the annual Fish Festival took place over the weekend.

The South Quay was filled with stalls selling fresh food, art and hot drinks over the three-day event, which is now in its 15th year, with local organisations and businesses taking part in the festival.

Members of Newquay Old Cornwall Society were on hand with a pop-up museum to showcase the history of the harbour, staff from Newquay Zoo had a face-painting station, as well as a range of creatures on show, and members of Newquay Society of Artists helped to run a children’s art competition as well as an exhibition of their work.

Inside the marquee, a range of local chefs and fishermen showcased their best recipes, techniques and favourite foods over the course of three days, including Chris Archambault from The Headland Hotel, Pam Perring from the Hotel Bristol, local fishmonger Gareth Horner, Angus Coyle from Rick Stein’s and Aaron from the Harbour Hotel and Grill.

Even Newquay’s own MP Steve Double had a go at cooking a dish in the Can’t Cook, Won’t Cook segment where he went head-to-head with local fisherman Phil Trebilcock.

On the second stage, musicians and singers from all genres performed for the crowds – Porky, Fiddle Me Timbers, Blue Eyed Candy, Oll an Gwella, the Rock Choir and Newquay Rowing Club Singers were just some of the acts who brought their own brand of entertainment to the festival.

The first night of the festival saw a sold-out crowd filling the marquee for the popular Last Night of the Proms, featuring Mount Charles Band for an evening of flag waving and patriotic music.

On Saturday the Lobster Pot Ball saw an evening of energetic fun with jazz band Jump.
Chair of the organising committee, Andy Cole, said: “It was a great weekend and I think everybody really enjoyed it.

“The two events went really well, Last Night of the Proms was absolutely packed. Mount Charles band were once again fantastic and the following night we had an excellent event with Jump which everyone thoroughly enjoyed. One of the highlights has to be the Festival Finale with the choirs and the Rowing Club Singers with everybody joining in with the singing and just making it a phenomenal community event where we all come together.”

Over the weekend a large group of volunteers helped to make the festival run smoothly, ensuring visitors were able to access the event, find out what was going on and, most importantly, get a pint at the bar.

Andy said: “I could go on for weeks thanking everybody involved with the Fish Festival – there are so many people who come together to make this work. Thank you to all of our sponsors, Start and Co, Newquay Town Council, Impact Sound and Lighting, the Griffin Inn, Newquay BID and the NewquayVoice.

“Thank you to the harbourmaster for all of his work, all of the chefs who got involved, especially Nathan at the Harbour Restaurant and Phil Oaks from the Griffin for assisting with the demonstrations.

“Porky for sorting out all of the music, the Newquay Lions for providing and running the minibus, without which so many people would not be able to access the harbour, the organisers at the Regeneration Forum and all those at the harbour who put up with us disrupting their business for a weekend.

“Hopefully the festival showcases all of the good work they do and everything they have to offer.”

By Beth Perry 13th September 2017

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