The award-winning Dorset Seafood Festival, held at Weymouth peninsula on 9 and 10 September, has announced its chef line-up and expert speakers for this year. The festival has always championed local chefs and this year is no exception.
Across The Harbour Stage and The Bay Stage, visitors can expect to see demonstrations from chefs and even have the chance to taste some of the delicious seafood morsels cooked up! There are also expert talks and tastings from wine ambassadors led by award winning drinks columnist for The Sunday Telegraph, Susy Atkins.
The Fish Auction hosted by Duncan Lucas is always an exciting time of the day – where the fresh fish is auctioned off. All the wet fish is kindly provided by Weyfish and visitors can bid on the seafood delights with ALL monies raised going directly to the Fishermen’s Mission. This charity is very close to the festival’s heart as it is the only national charity that works solely to support fishermen and their families
The Festival Line-Up:
- Nigel Bloxham from the award-winning The Crab House Café is a Festival regular – he will be talking about his Oyster Farm on the Fleet, amongst other things!
- Duncan Lucas is the king of filleting helping to raise thousands for The Fishermen’s
Mission with his entertaining “fish auctions”
- Commando Chef – Mike Beaton MBE From School to Royal Marines to GB Athlete to Educating today’s young people through food and onto Parliament finishing with a lockdown MBE – Mike makes his Festival debut
- Radhika Mohandas, chef owner of Dorshi in Bridport – also joins us for the first time! We are thrilled to learn more about ‘dumplings and not dumplings’
- Angus Cowen, one part of Sea Sisters will be delighting us with the very on trend ‘tinned fish’ that is currently taking the UK by storm, and based in Dorset.
- Ashley Perry – Catering Skills Lead & Avenue Manager at Weymouth College + Weymouth College Students – Ashley is no stranger to showcasing his cooking skills and will be joined by third year students to create their own seafood dish, come and give these upcoming chefs your support!
- Mike Naidoo of Catch at the Old Fish Market – Catch is one of the few Michelin listed restaurants locally and Mike is a HUGE talent for the town
- Mark Woodhouse , is a firm favourite at SEAFEAST – family Director of Hall & Woodhouse will be hosting a Badger Beer and cheese pairing tutorial
- Susy Atkins award-winning drinks columnist for The Sunday Telegraph and Stella magazine will be hosting a wine tasting session with Dorset English Sparkling Wines – Bride Valley & Furleigh Estate
- Gus Caslake – South West Regional Manager of SEAFISH is our wonderful compere on The Bay Stage and will be talking all things CRAB!
- Steven Lamb returns as the presenter on The Harbour Stage – he is a curing & smoking expert, teacher, presenter, culinary consultant and award-winning author.
With two demo stages across the Festival site, a FREE Kid’s Cookery School, outstanding LIVE music stage and fantastic KIDS activities – you can be sure of an exciting day out… why not make a weekend of it!
The festival is one of the most celebrated weekends in Weymouth’s event calendar and helps to raise money for The Fishermen’s Mission; the only fishermen’s charity that provides emergency support alongside practical and emotional care.
Tickets are limited, booking in advance is advisable. Saturday – adult £10 Sunday – adult £10. Weekend Ticket £15. Children UNDER 16 are free of charge; www.dorsetseafood.co.uk/book/