Newquay Fish Festival
Newquay Fish Festival
What’s it all about?
2015 will be the thirteenth year for the Festival. Over the years the event has grown to become one of the South West's top food festivals attracting more than 20,000 visitors. It is hosted during a 'shoulder season' week that gives a welcome boost to the late summer season for local businesses in Newquay.
The event attracts top chefs including Nathan Outlaw and BBC MasterChef's James Nathan to demonstrate their cooking skills, with the Atlantic Ocean just metres from their microphones as they give away the secrets of enjoying the bounty on our doorstep.
This year there will be more live entertainment and even more of a focus on the different types of seafood that local fishermen catch. The chefs make the event what it is and they are all passionate about what they do, and making sure the fish they use is sustainable.
The event has revealed the extraordinary talent and high standards that are available locally and helped to showcase some of the rising stars of the culinary world.
The practical cookery demonstrations by local chefs are undoubtedly the highlight of the festival, with hotels and restaurants promoting local fresh fish and shellfish and locally available produce. In addition to the purely ‘fish’ related elements, the festival has a number of trade stands promoting Cornish produce and crafts, together with a hospitality area and a range of entertainment from local choirs and bands to a sandcastle competition and ‘fishy’ encounters organised by the town’s Blue Reef Aquarium.
How can you take part?
The food, craft and arts tents bring together the best of Cornwall's local produce where you can sample everything from traditional pasties and Cornish cakes to curry, crepes and chocolate fountains while on the harbour quay there’s an all-day fish barbecue serving fresh battered fish available free for a small donation to the Fisherman's Mission. There’s a chance to taste the results of the flamboyant cookery demonstrations, learn how to fillet a fish, listen to a few sea shanties, watch some street theatre and dancing on the harbour and join in the open air ‘Songs of Praise’ at the harbour on Sunday evening which ends the festival.
Did you know?
Newquay’s Huer’s Hut, a white washed centuries old building perched on the cliff above the harbour, was once used to spot pilchard shoals out to sea. The Huer would then alert fishermen of their arrival by shouting “Heva, Heva”
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