Lymington Seafood Festival puts New Forest on the UK Food Map
The second annual Seafood Festival promises an amazing line up of local producers.
Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th August 2018
Following its immense success and popularity in 2017, the Lymington Seafood Festival is gearing up for a weekend of gastronomic delights with over 85 local artisan producers attending this year’s event. With its stunning Solent backdrop, Bath Road Park will host the free two-day festival on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th August. Organisers are also delighted to announce their support for Sail 4 Cancer, this year’s festival charity.
Background to the Seafood Festival
Lymington has long been associated with the sea. Over the centuries the town has been a busy port with a leading shipbuilding industry, a principal manufacturer and exporter of salt and thanks to its daily double tide, the river provided oysters and fishing for generations. More well known these days as a major yachting centre with succession of sailing Olympians, the town's fishing and seafood heritage is now celebrated again with the Lymington Seafood Festival.
An estimated 15,000 people attended last August and the festival promises an even greater array of seafood stalls set to attend in 2018, along with a great line up of live music, local gins, award winning English sparkling wine Exton Park Vineyard and also main event sponsor, Ringwood Brewery, celebrating their 40th anniversary.
Cookery demonstrations will be a treat
In addition, the festival will host many of the region’s leading chefs in the demonstration kitchen, led by The Jetty’s Chef Patron Alex Aitken, who will be joined by over fourteen talented chefs including Matt Tomkinson from the Montagu Arms and Chewton Glen’s Luke Matthews. Also appearing in the demo kitchen will be 2016 Masterchef winner Jane Devonshire, something Lighthouse Marketing’s Event Director Domine Nowell is delighted about:
“We’ve worked really hard to attract a fantastic line up of chefs, along with some of the best artisan food and drink producers from across Hampshire and Dorset. With over 85 stands, we’re likely to see more than 250 different dishes including lobster mac n’cheese, scallops, cockle popcorn, soft shell crab, shrimp burgers, oysters…..the list goes on! Plus, we have retained a great selection of art and craft stands for that all important bit of shopping.”
“We were overwhelmed by the response for last years event, as were many of our stallholders who were selling out late on Saturday afternoon and having to prep more food overnight to be ready for Sunday! It was great to hear so many of the stands doing a roaring trade but it’s also really important to support our festival charity, which this year is Sail 4 Cancer who provide sailing restbite breaks for families affected by cancer.”
Lots of support from local businesses
The Festival has also received a boost from craft brewery Ringwood who are confirmed as the main sponsor. With additional support from Exton Park Vineyard, Chewton Glen, Premier Fish, Lymington Harbour Commission, New Forest Cottages and Spencers Estate Agency.
Event organisers Lighthouse Marketing will also be working in close partnership with Bartley Marketing's local online media channel Lymington.com, as well as 'Go New Forest', to help promote the festival and work to showcase Lymington and the New Forest as leading UK holiday destinations.
In fact at Lymington.com we're delighted to be taking part in the Festival this year ourselves too - we'll be there giving out information and promoting our Weekly What's On newsletter which many locals find so useful. (Some B&Bs and self catering cottage owners forward it on to their visitors, too, as an easy way to let them know "What's On" when they're staying in the area.) Last year's Seafood Festival was a wonderful community event, attracting many local people as well as visitors. Although busy, the event was very relaxing - enticing many people to stay longer than they had planned to relax by the waterside, listen to the great live music and sample the seafood delights from local producers.
Newly elected Lymington & Pennington Mayor, Anne Corbridge is again lending her full support; “It was fantastic to see the town so busy last year with locals and those from farther afield enjoying the festival. We are lucky to have so many Lymington and New Forest producers along with a thriving High Street, and events such as this are vital for our local economy and small businesses alike. On behalf of the Town Council we wish everyone taking part and attending a great weekend and hope you enjoy visiting Lymington.”
Putting Lymington and the New Forest on the UK Food Map!
The Lymington Seafood Festival is a celebration of the great food and drink available locally in Lymington and the New Forest. Our area boasts some fantastic restaurants and award-winning chefs, many of whom will be attending the event. The importance of local provenance and seasonality is high, everything just tastes so much better when eaten in season and grown (and fished!) locally. There is so much more to the New Forest than beautiful historic woodland - it is a complete destination with 40 miles of stunning coastline, wetland nature reserves and an array of marine life that can be enjoyed year-round.
Without doubt, the Lymington Seafood Festival is a definite 'must do' on 11th and 12th August. Visitors, consider combining with Lymington's famous charter market on Saturday (all day on the High Street) and with a visit to the Sea Water Baths (just up the road from the festival) which will be open 10am-6pm both days.
Additional parking at Woodside for the festival
Due to the success and numbers attending, the Council is providing parking at Woodside Park for around 700 vehicles that will help ease traffic congestion. For more information and to keep updated, visit www.lymingtonseafoodfestival.co.uk or follow on Facebook and Instagram pages @lymingtonseafoodfestival.
If you would like to know more about Sail 4 Cancer and the amazing work they do, visit https://www.sail4cancer.org/