Thousands of “landlubbers” set sail for Bridlington’s second annual Seafood Festival last weekend that this year was extended to a two-day event.
The event celebrated the very best of the town’s fishing industry as well as the many factors that are helping Bridlington to be recognised as a great seaside resort town.
Cllr Jane Evison, East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s portfolio holder for economic development and tourism, said the festival was “absolutely fantastic”.
“Obviously the weather being what it was, I am sure everyone on the committee was concerned - but it was absolutely amazing.
“We think there were approximately 19,500 people over the two days.
“Most importantly, it was good for the town, because those people were wandering around the whole of Bridlington. A lot of shops had entered into a shop window competition, as well as competitions themselves, including crabbing.
“It has been about the whole town.”
Around 30 stalls in all showcased some of the area’s best food and drink, with a top line-up chefs dishing out cookery demonstrations.
A full programme of live music kept festival-goers entertained on Saturday and Sunday, as well as plenty of activities for youngsters, including sand art, crafty fishy fun with clay, sun catchers and T-shirt printing
Cllr Evison added: “Hosting major events like the Bridlington Seafood Festival is a practical way of supporting our local economy, helping spread the message about our local businesses, increasing visitor footfall and providing an opportunity for local commerce.”
The event was sponsored by East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Visit Hull & East Yorkshire, the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership, Bridlington Town Council, Bridlington Harbour Commissioners, Andrew Jackson Solicitors and Yorkshire Coast Entertainment, with further support from other businesses and organisations.
Bridlington’s annual Seafood Festival is now set to remain a two-day event and planning for next year’s festival is expected to get under way shortly.