Fish Festivals In Cornwall
2006 saw the first St Mawes Fish festival which proved to be so successful that it is now a firm favourite and a regular on the calendar. The festival was put together by local individuals and businesses and involved the fishermen, chefs from the nearby pubs, fish merchants and the sailing club, who organised the Working Boats race that followed. It was a great opportunity to show the visitors what exactly our fishermen catch and, thanks to the chefs, how it tastes!
The fishermen were on hand to educate, with a selection of fish from the previous day's catch, many that you wouldn’t normally see in a supermarket fish counter. The cooking team comprised locals and chefs from the Victory Inn and Rising Sun, each offering their own individual expertise over the BBQ.
Rob Wing was also there demonstrating how to fillet and prep various fish, and with years in the fishing industry you had to keep a close eye, as this was some speedy filleting.
The Newlyn Fish Festival will once again be celebrating the Cornish Fish Industry over the August Bank Holiday weekend, amongst the wonderful surroundings of Cornwall's largest fishing port. The Festival is organised in aid of the Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen which provides care, compassion and support to working, retired and disabled fishermen and their families.
This year's event aims to promote the Diversity, Quality and Sustainability of Fish and Shellfish landed in Cornwall by a fleet of vessels from 49 ports, harbours and coves around the 326 mile Cornish Coastline. Visitors will be able to buy locally caught fish and shellfish, learn about current fishing methods and enjoy a wide array of seafood from the region's producers. The Festival will also host over 100 Trade, Craft, Art and Charity stalls, as well as open Fishing Vessels, a Navy War Ship, Cornwall Sea Fisheries Patrol Vessel, Gig Racing, Helicopters and the RNLI Penlee Lifeboat.
Falmouth Oyster Festival is becoming acknowledged as a must travel to event by many visitors and holiday makers from all over the country. Timed to coincide with the start of the oyster harvesting season in October, the festival celebrates the quality of Cornish seafood and one of the last remaining oyster fisheries.
During the festival there is oyster tasting, cookery demonstrations, live music and entertainment combined with the displays of the best local produce and crafts from the area; all creating a fantastic Cornish visitor experience.