Crowds get their claws into fresh seafood
THE city's first seafood festival has been celebrated as such a success it's likely to become an annual event, organisers said.
Plymouth's Seafood Festival saw thousands of people visiting the Barbican to eat and learn about fish. Glorious sunshine greeted celebrity chefs, including Channel 4's Three Hungry Boys, and the Tanner Brothers, who carried out cooking demonstrations at Commercial Wharf, in front of hungry eyes.
Plymouth fisherman Sid the Squid landed his catch and identified fish, accompanied by a man dressed as a ninja, who showed the public how to fillet his tasty morsels. And shanty singers sang on the historic quaysides which were filled with the aromas of food stalls, dishing-up mouth-watering meals.
Chris Arscott, chairman of the Plymouth Waterfront Partnership who put on the event to "re-connect the people of Plymouth with its fishing heritage" while promoting sustainable fishing, said: "I have never seen it so happening down here, apart from when the Olympic torch passed through. It's absolutely fantastic and I cannot believe we have never done this before. We can now build on this to make a really big event in coming years, expanding it to other parts of the Barbican."
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Musical entertainment continued into the night as singers and bands packed out pubs and bars. Around 30 restaurants also served-up their own special fish dishes on Saturday evening while Barbican traders built and raced rafts in aid of the RNLI.
Mr Arscott added: "There's so much potential down here. I think there's a real potential to see year-on-year growth. Once we have built a reputation it will be even easier to attract stall holders. The celebrity chefs were certainly a big attraction."
Ben Squire, owner of the Boathouse Cafe and Boathouse Fishing School, said the festival would "firmly put Plymouth on the map" as a centre of excellence for quality food and fresh seafood. He added: "The Boathouse Cafe is proud to be a part of this exciting time."
Tamerton Foliot resident, Iris Marsh, said: "It's important to get people down here – the atmosphere has been great."
St Judes resident, Mark Roach, said: "I don't normally eat much fish but the smells have forced me to buy some fried mackerel, which was delicious."