Plymouth is the plaice to be for a taste of the sea
THE culinary delights of our stunning waterside city will be celebrated with two days of entertainment and mouth-watering food.
Tomorrow and Sunday the historic quays of the Barbican will come alive as the city hosts its first Plymouth Seafood Festival.
With live cookery demonstrations from celebrity chefs including television stars the Three Hungry Boys and live music, a party atmosphere is expected across the waterfront, attracting thousands of visitors. The taste extravaganza, showcasing all that is marine about the city, will celebrate the finale of the Plymouth Marine Festival, created by the Plymouth Waterfront Partnership.
Sarah O'Leary, Plymouth Waterfront Partnership manager, said: "The Plymouth Seafood Festival celebrates our fantastic waterfront and Plymouth's growing reputation as a gourmet hotspot with the finest quality seafood and locally sourced ingredients served by an amazing array of talented chefs and restaurants."
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At the heart of the festival will be a cookery theatre stage on Commercial Wharf, featuring chefs such as Chris and James Tanner, Channel 4's Three Hungry Boys, Master Chef of Great Britain Peter Gorton, plus a who's who of head chefs from some of Plymouth's finest Waterfront eateries.
They will all be demonstrating their skills using the finest locally-sourced ingredients.
Thom Hunt, from Three Hungry Boys, said: "Plymouth has some of the best, freshest local seafood available just off the coast, and as a Plymouth boy myself I'm incredibly excited to be involved with the city's first ever Seafood Festival.
"Tim, Trev and I can't wait to head out on the water for a spot of fishing before showing visitors to the festival what fantastic dishes you can make with top quality local, sustainable produce – with plenty of tasters on offer."
Chris Tanner, from Tanners and the Barbican Kitchen, added: "I'm really looking forward to showing what you can do with the amazing diversity of seafood from around Plymouth's shores at the Plymouth Seafood Festival."
Alongside the cookery theatre stage will be tasty food stalls offering everything from fish curries through to locally-caught crab. The Plymouth Waterfront Partnership has also created a nine-day Seafood Trail of more than 30 restaurants and cafes across the waterfront area, showcasing delicious seafood dishes throughout the festival.
There will be plenty for children to do with Plymouth University and the National Marine Aquarium taking science out on to the street with their JustAddH2O Family STEM Festival designed to make the story of seafood and marine science come alive.
TV star and fishing expert Monty Hall, who studied marine biology at Plymouth University, said he was "genuinely excited" by the event.
"Plymouth has such a fantastic location and marine heritage with so many links with the sea, from the Naval dockyards and thriving fishing industry to the delicious seafood served at restaurants across the city," he said. "It seems only right that this should be honoured and celebrated."
Monty will be leading The Blue Lecture at 7.30pm on Saturday, which aims to bring together innovators and creative thinkers who will share their ideas and spark a discussion about the value our oceans have on society.
Deputy Council leader, Councillor Peter Smith, said: "Top chefs, top food and a top idea. Bringing all these ingredients together on our waterfront is a recipe for success.
"This is not just a great idea for visitors, but a chance for local people to sample some of the fabulous food that gets served, day-in day-out in our great cafes and restaurants."
The wide-ranging Plymouth Marine City Festival, organised by Destination Plymouth, got under way last Saturday and will wrap up on Sunday.
Its aims have brought together visitor events, business exhibitions and the world leading Oceans of Potential marine science conference on the Hoe, an initiative of Plymouth's marine science organisations and coordinated by Plymouth Marine Laboratory.
It is aiming to highlight nationally and internationally the city's standing as a leading European marine city for research, leisure, heritage and food.
Further festival information, including details of the Seafood Trail, is available at www.marinecityfestival.co.uk.