Looking for the best seafood? Perhaps you’re fanatical about fish or a crab connoisseur. Whatever floats your boat, you can be sure to find it at these top seafood festivals. They are happening across the UK this summer.
Cromer & Sheringham Crab & Lobster Festival
Each year, the two North Norfolk towns of Cromer and Sheringham come together. The once great rivals honour their rich maritime heritage and active fishing communities with a three day festival.
An opening concert at the Pier Pavilion Theatre on Friday night kick-starts a weekend of fun and food. There's live cookery demonstrations, stalls of food, drink and crafts. These are held together with annual favourites such as the Cromer Crab Sandwich Competition.
For a further fishy fix, pay a visit to the local museums charting the history of fishing along the Norfolk coast.
The event lasts from 17th - 19th May 2019 at Evington Gardens, Runton Road Cromer NR27 9HT. Find out more.
Hastings Seafood and Wine Festival
The Hastings Seafood and Wine Festival has fast become one of the town’s most popular events. It takes place in the heart of the pretty Old Town. This is home to the largest fleet of beach-launched fishing boats in Europe.
The two-day event offers up a host of delicious treats from local producers and Sussex vineyards. There's then live music and street entertainment creating a lively festival atmosphere.
You’ll also find lots to entertain the little ones, including storytelling, craft activities, and interactive theatre performances.
It will be held 14th and 15th September 2019 at Stade Open Space, Hastings Old Town, Hastings, East Sussex, TN34 3AR. Find out more.
Pommery Dorset Seafood Festival
Weymouth’s beautiful harbour and seventeenth century waterfront provide the perfect setting for the Pommery Dorset Seafood Festival. It's the three times winner in the Dorset Tourism Awards.
The event is free to enter and features a jam-packed programme of events devoted to local produce, sustainability and, of course, delicious food. You can expect fascinating foodie talks, local chefs giving hands-on cookery sessions, and experts debating the future of fishing. There's almost 100 stalls serving fresh produce and, of course, delectable Pommery champagne.
It's held on the 14th and 15th July 2019, Weymouth Harbour, Dorset, DT4 8TJ. Find out more.
Falmouth Oyster Festival
Falmouth Oyster Festival is celebrating 23 years as one of the most highly anticipated events in the Cornish foodie calendar. Its held each October at Events Square in the town’s bustling marina.
Marking the beginning of the dredging season, the festival celebrates the richness and variety of Cornish seafood. This includes the famous Fal Oyster, with four days of exciting events.
There's cooking demonstrations, live music, local craft and food stalls. Plus, the annual Grand Oyster Parade, Working Boat Race, and Shucking Competition.
This year it will be held on 10th – 13th October 2019 at Events Square, Falmouth, Cornwall, TR11 3QY. Find out more.
Clovelly Herring Festival
The humble herring is the focus of North Devon’s much-loved food festival. It aims to promote the delicious and nutritious quality of this underrated fish while raising awareness of sustainable fishing methods.
It’s held in the quaint village of Clovelly, which has been privately owned since Elizabethan times. This has helped to preserve its historic atmosphere. It, however, comes alive each November with the sounds of laughter, sea shanties, and tantalising wafts of smoked kipper.
This year maritime historian and writer Mike Smylie will be back with ‘Kipperland’, his exhibition on the history of the herring. There's also net-making, flax-processing, and a selection of stalls serving herring-based delights to please all.
It will be held on 17th November 2019 at Clovelly, North Devon, EX39 5TA. Find out more.