Newquay Fish Festival
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic the Newquay Fish Festival will be taking a slightly different direction for 2020. We believe that the health and safety of our attendees as well as the teams of people who make the event happen is paramount. This is why we are very excited to announce that for the first time in it’s history, you will be able to enjoy the Fish Festival from the comfort (and safety) of your own home!
More info will be released over the coming days and weeks, but the objective will be to produce a live stream of cooking demos, music and a host of other entertainment that will be free to view across multiple digital platforms.
Andy Cole, chairman of the Fish Festival, had this to say: “With so many events and festivals having to cancel this year due to the uncertainty Coronavirus has brought, we felt it was important we do what we can to deliver an event that people can enjoy safely and also give them something to look forward to.”
Andy continues: “A virtual Fish Fest is a very exciting concept for us and allows us to explore new ways in which we can interact with an audience, but also continue to deliver a great advert for Newquay Town.” Viewers can still expect fantastic chef demos with footage taking you even closer to the action, as well as music from some festival favourites. There will also be live elements allowing you to participate and even cook along!
What’s it all about?
Now in its 18th year the Newquay Fish Festival celebrates the heritage and cuisine we have on our doorstep, right at the start of the supply chain for the very best that seafood has to offer. Top chefs from across the region show how to make the most of this bounty, with a chance to watch learn and try some delicious seafood.
Most of the region’s top chefs have appeared at the festival, we are working once again to bring some exciting guests and surprise faces to our demonstration stage.
Alongside the food we have a full programme of entertainment including bands, choirs, singers, dancers and even a band of pirates complete with canons!
There’s always a special atmosphere at the Newquay Fish Festival, a unique mix of Newquay’s vibrant holiday scene and the traditional fishing community of the old Cornish harbour. Together they bring the harbour to life for this three day annual event and provide Newquay with a showcase to be proud of.
It is no exaggeration to say that Newquay’s hotels and eateries have undergone a quiet revolution that means they offer some of the best dining experiences in the country. A1 quality is now the norm, so come and be surprised by the talent we have here in our local kitchens.
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.
Arts & Crafts
The Newquay Society of Artists joins the Newquay Fish Festival Festivities! From Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September we will be selling local art and crafts down on Newquay Harbour. From oils and watercolour paintings through to mini art, metal postcards, calendars, wooden keyrings and seagulls on posts there is something for everyone. Our artists will be stewarding the event so please pop down and feel free to ask us more about the art or the society.
Times are 10am to 5pm.
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”