Bridlington is set to showcase a first seafood festival of its kind thanks to a new partnership involving the East Riding of Yorkshire Council.
The aim of the event is to showcase locally sourced seafood and celebrate the fact that Bridlington is the most successful lobster fishery in Europe.
The event will feature some of the area’s finest seafood suppliers and chefs who will demonstrate the excellent quality of the local seafood product.
The event will take place at Bridlington Harbour on Saturday, 11 July from 10am with a fireworks display finale at 10pm.
A partnership involving the local seafood industry, Bridlington Harbour Commission, the Holderness Coast Fishery Local Action Group and East Riding of Yorkshire Council are responsible for organising the event.
Jo Ackers, Company Secretary of Independent Shellfishermen’s Co-operative Ltd, said: The festival is an exciting opportunity to showcase the amazing produce we have on our doorstep. I am really looking forward to the cookery demonstrations.
“The harbour is a great place and it will show that there is more to Bridlington than meets the eye.”
Events on the day will include seafood cookery demonstrations featuring local chefs, an entertainments marquee featuring local singing and theatrical groups, a bar run by Rags Restaurant, a range of children’s entertainment and activities along with displays from local charities and organisations.
The event will also provide the opportunity for the public to view the plans for the new Bridlington Maritime Trail and Dr Robb Robinson, local historian, will provide talks on the history of the harbour.
It is also expected that visitors will be able to view various vessels including the North Eastern Guardian fisheries protection vessel, the recently restored Three Brothers sailing coble and The Huntress research vessel. Various organisations involved in conserving the coast and marine wildlife, including the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, RSPB Bempton and the Holderness Fishing Industry Group, will be in attendance to explain their work and there will be an opportunity for visitors to handle live sea creatures.
Councillor Jane Evison, portfolio holder for Economy, Investment and Inequalities at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “The Bridlington Seafood Festival is a great way to bring everyone together to enjoy a day of entertainment and cooking demonstrations, suitable for all ages.
“Not only will the event attract locals and tourists from far and wide, it will also educate a lot of people about where our seafood comes from and how important it is to support local suppliers.”
More information about the Holderness Coast Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG) and the local industry can be found at www.eastyorkshirecoast.com