The UK’s favourite seafood festival is set to return on the 11th and 12th September 2021 at Weymouth Peninsula. The award winning Nyetimber Dorset Seafood Festival not only offers some of the best seafood in the South West, but also brings together talented chefs, fine English Sparkling Wine, and a truly educational and immersive festival programme. Experts such as Blue Marine Foundation (BLUE), offer an array of demos and talks, focused on restoring the ocean to health.
A brand-new feature for 2021 is ‘BLUE Seas’. With the spotlight often on our beautiful coast, it is hard to always understand how we can eat seafood sustainably. BLUE is a global marine conservation charity working to promote marine protected areas and sustainable fisheries. The charity will be hosting a series of speakers, videos, and Q&A sessions throughout the weekend in the BLUE Seas marquee. Be sure to catch Mandy Wolfe from Lyme Bay Reserve, her enthusiasm and passion for her subject floods out, learn and enjoy!
Sam Fanshawe, UK Marine Projects Manager Blue Marine Foundation commented: “BLUE has been a long-standing partner of the Dorset Seafood Festival and is delighted to play a key part in this year’s event. The BLUE Seas sessions will showcase many of the successes and partners from the Lyme Bay Reserve project including the University of Plymouth, Dorset Coast Forum, Seafish and the fishermen who have played a vital part in making Lyme Bay a flagship model for the long-term sustainable future of our seas”.
For over a decade, BLUE has brought together fishermen, conservationists, scientists and regulators to protect the nationally important reefs and marine life whilst supporting sustainable low-impact fisheries to continue within the marine protected area. The Lyme Bay Reserve area was originally designated by the Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities, and through collaborative management there has been a significant revival of marine habitats, rare species such as pink sea fans and some commercially important stocks such as lobster.
Alongside BLUE Seas sits another new feature – ‘School of Fish’ pop-up cookery workshops for children brought to the Festival by The Food Teachers Centre and supported by the Fishmongers’ Company and their Fisheries Charitable Trust. The ‘School of Fish’ is available to pre-book for children attending the Festival with their parents – booking details can be found below.
As ever the festival will play host to some incredible chefs and the line-up this year is as impressive as ever; compering the main stage is Steven Lamb, part of the River Cottage team. Another River Cottage favourite, John Wright will be demoing and talking about what he forages from the sea. Plus,Mike Naidoo brings his Michelin experience from London to a new Weymouth seafood eatery; Catch. Join Susy Atkins, the award-winning weekly drinks columnist for the Sunday Telegraph Stella magazine & drinks editor for ‘delicious’ magazine for a taste of Nyetimber! Stay tuned for more chefs being announced soon.
With live music, fabulous street food, Nyetimber English Sparkling Wine and panoramic views of Weymouth’s glorious bay & the Jurassic Coast, the Festival is one of the most celebrated weekends in Weymouth’s event calendar.
To ensure the safety of festival-goers, entry to the Festival will be by ticket only. Tickets are limited and cost £10 for adults – Children are free of charge; secure your place at this summer’s seafood extravaganza at www.dorsetseafood.co.uk/book/. Once you have booked your tickets, book your child’s place on the ‘School of Fish’ cookery workshop here: www.dorsetseafood.co.uk/school/
Lyme Bay Reserve fisherman potting for lobster’ – credit: Saeed Rashid: focusvisuals.com