Newquay Fish Festival
What’s it all about?
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.
Festivalgoers will be able to witness numerous fishing demonstrations from the region’s top chefs, such as BBC MasterChef Winner, James Nathan of the Green Room Restaurant at Retallack Resort and Spa, Jim Whatcott of the Carnmarth Hotel and Christopher Archambault of the Headland Hotel. These will be followed by a stunning performance from Oll en Gwella choir, the Blue Reef Rockpool Roadshow, a demo by the Old Ale House in Truro, before Friday comes to a sensational crescendo with the Last Night of the Proms at 7pm. This is a one night spectacle, during which the Mount Charles Band is set to bring all of the pomp of the Royal Albert Hall to the Harbour. BBC Radio Cornwall will also be broadcasting live from the Festival in the afternoon.
There will be live entertainment and 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”