Enjoy the catch of the bank holiday at Newlyn
ONE of the most popular days out in the Cornish calendar, the Newlyn Fish Festival takes place on Bank Holiday Monday.
Showcasing the heritage of a traditional Cornish fishing port to raise funds for the Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen, the festival celebrates the fishermen whose craft has shaped the Cornish landscape of working ports and harbours.
The festival offers visitors the chance to be educated about the reality, diversity and sustainability of commercial fishing from those who have been in the industry for generations.
And it is also jam-packed with entertainment including the Lugger Rowing World Championships.
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Last year crowds watched as three boats raced the length of Newlyn Harbour, powered only by manpower, with the winning team receiving the coveted Golden Pilchard.
Setting the foodie tone will be the annual Cornish Fishmonger of the Year competition. The contest is hosted by Seafood Cornwall Training and judged by Duncan Lucas from Passionate About Fish.
Last year's winner Kevin Byrne, of Wings of St Mawes, spent months practising his filleting before the hotly contested event.
Gourmet ice cream, paellas, grilled mackerel, fish curries and lobsters from the barbecue are all on the menu as well as the freshest of fish on sale from quayside fishmongers.
Cookery demonstrations and tastings are abound, with seafood and Cornish specialities central to the festival.
Music is an important element of the event, this year there will be three music stages – the One For All stage in festival square, the Mary Williams stage on the pier and Buskers Corner by the festival entrance, all of them set to be occupied by talented Cornish performers.
Another new feature last year, the Fish Tales Tent, has moved to its new location on the Mary Williams Pier. Hosted by Angela Stoner, this is a chance to hear some very fishy tales of pirates, smugglers, mermaids, fishermen and fishwives and Sharky the Shark.
Craig Johnson's Squashbox Theatre will also be performing the amazing Sea Show at 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm which children of all ages will enjoy.
Add in the lifeboat displays, gig racing, the five top local chefs (two of whom have Michelin stars), jetskis, the lobster workshop, fish auctions, with lobster pot-making, the chance to step onboard some of the port's working boats as well as the Fishy Trail, and a great day out is guaranteed.
Newlyn Fish Festival is on Monday from 9am, costing £5 – under-16s go free.