Newquay goes back to its roots for three-day celebration of fishing
More than 10,000 people are expected to attend one of the Westcountry's premier fish festivals when it takes place this weekend.
The Newquay Fish Festival, which started yesterday, transforms the iconic harbour into a food-lover's paradise with abundant amounts of fresh seafood, all-day fish barbecues and cookery demonstrations.
Masterchef 2008 winner James Nathan, now executive chef of The Green Room, Retallack Resort and Spa, will be doing cooking demos, as well as celebrity chef Sanjay Kumar among others.
"I'm a huge believer in using locally sourced produce, which is why doing a cookery demonstration at the festival is a great chance to cook with local fare and encourage visitors to do the same," said Mr Nathan.
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"The festival has a brilliant reputation so, as both a resident of Cornwall and the executive chef of a local restaurant, I'm excited to be a part of the event."
Now in its 11th year, the popular three-day event combines Newquay's vibrant holiday scene and the traditional fishing community, bringing the harbour to life while showcasing the importance of the Cornish fishing industry and its variety of produce to the public, as well as local arts and crafts.
Newquay fishermen and fishmongers will hold talks and displays, while children will be entertained by the swashbuckling antics of the Pirates of St Pirans alongside the ever-popular Fishy Tales which will enthral the tiddlers. There will also be a children's art competition run over the weekend by Newquay Society of Artists.
The harbour is set to hum to the tunes from Songs Of Praise, the Newquay Male Voice Choir, the South West representative in the national competition Teenstar, Jim Keir, and the Newquay Town Band.
Festival organiser Claire Evans said: "The Newquay Fish Festival is set to be fantastic this year. The event has already come a long way over the last decade and is getting bigger and better every time.
"This event is a real crowd puller, bringing the businesses and community together to celebrate all that Newquay has to offer."
This year's festival will be commemorated with a book of fabulous recipes from the chefs who are involved. Visitors can purchase these for £1 from the Newquay Tourist Information Centre and on the quay. Today, fisherman Phil Trebillcock will be hosting Phil's Fish 'n' Chip Ball.
For more information and a full programme visit www.newquayfishfestival.co.uk