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Crowds brave the hottest weekend of the year for Lymington Seafood Festival 2022



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THOUSANDS braved the heat over the weekend to enjoy fish dishes from around the world at this year's Lymington Seafood Festival.

The popular event at the Bath Road recreation ground attracted huge crowds on what was the hottest weekend of the year, sampling treats including 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.

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Producers were also serving up a tempting range of refreshing beverages: the award-winning English sparkling wine by Hattingley Valley, craft gin by Pothecary and rum made by former naval officers at the Portsmouth Distillery, to name just a few.

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

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

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

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Highlights included 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 were 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.

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Lymington’s St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery joined 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 powered the event by bio-diesel.



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