GCG’s Top Summer Fish Festivals 2013
The remainder of the summer sees Cornwall’s celebration of all things fishy, with four fish festivals taking place over August and September. Saturday August 3rd sees Portscatho host its first ever fish festival, celebrating its strong connection with fishing past and present, with fishing and crabbing competitions, bands, and The Hidden Hut on hand for delicious paella cooking. In years to come, you can say you were there when it all began.
Next up is the big daddy of fish fests – the Newlyn Fish Festival. Held on August Bank Holiday weekend at Cornwall’s largest fishing port, with open fishing vessels, over 100 stalls, cooking demos, a rowing championship and the Kids Fishy Trail, there really is something for everyone. Don’t miss the spectacular Fish Display by Sue and Duncan Lucas of Passionate About Fish in the Fish Market, and be sure to partake in a little gourmet ice cream after your barbequed lobster. The festival not only boosts the local economy, it raises more money for the Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen than any other fund-raising event.
Get yourself over to Newquay on the 6th, 7th and 8th of September, to the hidden gem that is Newquay Harbour for craft and trade stalls, practical cooking demos from local chefs from terrific restaurants and hotels like the Scarlet and Bedruthan Steps, and be sure to pop down to the beach for sand castle competitions, rock pool shows and the RNLI lifeboat launch. There are also ticketed events such as Phil’s Fish and Chip Ball, and The Motown Pirates that are sure to be fantastic fun.
Last but not least is the sixth St Mawes Fish Festival, held on the 17th September where outstanding cooking takes centre stage. With Paul Wadham from Hotel Tresanton, Steve Walsh from Idle Rocks and Simon Stallard from The Cornish Fishmonger at the helm giving cooking demos and tastings throughout the day, the quay is the place to be. Learn from the pros how to fillet a fish and try out your new skills at home! All proceeds from the fresh seafood sales, cooked seafood, fish fillets, scallops and the Festival Raffle are given to the RNLI, Fishermen’s Mission and other local organisations.