The first Bridlington Seafood Festival to be organised by a partnership involving the local seafood industry, Bridlington Harbour Commission, the Holderness Coast Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG) and East Riding of Yorkshire Council has been hailed a huge success – and the date has been set for next year’s event.
More than 15,000 visitors attended the 12-hour event held at the harbour on Saturday (11 July), which was funded mainly by the Holderness Coast FLAG and the East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s High Street Fund.
Councillor Jane Evison, portfolio holder for economic investment and inequalities, said: “The weather was very kind, and it was great to see thousands of people having a superb day out in the town and enjoying the event!
“We aimed to showcase locally caught seafood and celebrate Bridlington as the most successful lobster port in Europe, as well as bringing added trade to the local businesses and I am satisfied we succeeded in doing all of this.”
The event featured a range of well known chefs including David Nowells, Tickton Grange, Beverley; Gerard Baker, TV chef; Nigel Brown and Karen Sanderson, Ocean Rewards Bridlington.
Susan Dennesss of FLAG added : “The whole town centre was absolutely heaving on Saturday, with people having a fantastic time all day and during the evening.
“The Festival most definitely raised the profile of the local seafood industry, which is exactly what we aimed to do.”
It has now been agreed that the 2016 Festival will take place on Saturday 9 July – and hopes are high that it will become a two-day event in association with The Spa Bridlington.
Jo Ackers, company secretary of The Independent Shellfishermen’s Co-Operative, commented: “The Festival really brought huge numbers of people into the town to see what it has to offer, and of course to find out more about the seafood industry.
“This was the first major event of its kind, and we had no concept of just how many people would come along. The attendance exceeded our wildest expectations!”
In addition to the event itself near the harbour, a specially commissioned visitors’ guide was also given out – ‘Where to find it: Bridlington Seafood’ – giving the location of cafes, restaurants, fish and chip outlets and wet fish / shellfish suppliers in the town.