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Lymington Seafood Festival to showcase huge range of fishy delights

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LYMINGTON Seafood Festival is set to set sail again this year with around 50 different fishy dishes from around the world to tickle the tastebuds.

The event will be at the Bath Road recreation ground from Friday 15th to Sunday 17th July, and will feature artisan producers serving up a huge menu of treats.

Dishes will include Thai style mussels cooked in cider, fried langoustine tail flatbreads, smoked salmon crepes, tempura prawn bao, barbecued scallops, Lymington crab sandwiches, and tuna steak burgers.

There will be a huge range of fishy treats
There will be a huge range of fishy treats

Beverages to accompany the culinary delights include award-winning English sparkling wine by Hattingley Valley, craft gin by Pothecary and rum made by former naval officers at the Portsmouth Distillery.

A special festival ale has also been produced by Will Bradshaw, landlord of the Monkey Brewhouse in Lymington, called Prawn Star, which “pairs beautifully” with seafood.

Local producers include Coralbay Seafoods, the New Forest Pizza Co, Gourmet Grilled Cheese, Pothecary Gin, vegan food truck The Tinker’s Granddaughter, The Solent Cellar, and Flo and Frankie’s Fudge.

Organiser Richard Nowell said: “We are proud to say that all our suppliers – from printing and benches to haybales and loos – are based in the New Forest, Dorset or Hampshire.

“We feel it’s really important to support the region’s business community, and we’re also proud that the festival brings additional tourism revenue into the local economy.

There will be live music
There will be live music

“We have people coming from Ireland, Wales, Kent and the Midlands who book a mini-break over the weekend.”

A programme of live music will bring the festival atmosphere, with more than 20 bands and artists set to take the stage for some foot-tapping blues, soul, rag-time, rock and pop.

Highlights include Andrew Bourn, who reached the finals of Britain’s Got Talent and was immediately signed by pop mogul Simon Cowell, and UK Queen tribute band.

Also entertaining the crowds will be street performers Dan the Hat with his comedy stuntman show, and comedian Matt Barnard, who was the resident compere of the cult Sensation Seekers Stage at Glastonbury Festival.

Lymington’s St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery will be joining the event too, running a range of craft activities to keep the kids entertained.

In a big step to reduce the festival’s carbon footprint this year, organisers are powering the event by bio-diesel.

“We have worked to secure as many retailers from local regions as possible to help reduce miles travelled,” said Richard.

Set for the Bath Road recreation ground from Friday 15th to Sunday 17th July
Set for the Bath Road recreation ground from Friday 15th to Sunday 17th July

“Single-use plastics will be phased out across the site, and those attending will be encouraged to buy reusable drinks cups for £1, with almost 50% of that cost going to support this year’s charity, the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance.

“An additional on-site waste management team will also help sort as much waste for recycling as possible.”

The event’s headline sponsor is Lexus Hedge End, which will be showcasing its range of self-charging and hybrid plug-in vehicles.

Mr Nowell said: “This sponsorship has enabled us to invest in a number of green initiatives.

“Our aim is to use this year to see what can be achieved, with more ambitious targets set for future festivals.”

To buy tickets, which are priced at £5 for adults with under-16s going free, visit www.lymingtonseafoodfestival.co.uk

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