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Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Fish festival expected to net hordes of summer visitors

A new festival this summer will celebrate the rich fishing heritage of the North York Moors coast.

Staithes. Photo by national park volunteer Brian Nicholson.

Fish. Fillet. Feast! is being held on Saturday 18 June at five venues along a stretch of coastline within the North York Moors. Visitors will have the opportunity to sample locally-caught fish.

Saltburn, Staithes, Runswick Bay, Sandsend and Robin Hood’s Bay are joining in the day-long celebration. Scarborough-based arts development company Create is organising the event for the North York Moors National Park Authority

There will be demonstrations of how to catch and prepare freshly-caught fish such as mackerel and cod before barbecuing and serving tastings to visitors. 

Many restaurants and caf├ęs will be taking part in the programme of activities.

The fish theme continues with artists and photographers exhibiting a range of arts and crafts that have been inspired by the coast, and street performers and musicians adding to the entertainment.

Catriona McLees, the national park authority's head of promotion and tourism, said: “For centuries, fishing was at the heart of community life along the coast with the fishermen venturing out in coble boats and wives making nets and gansey sweaters for their menfolk.

“Today, the sea offers an abundant array of fish from mackerel through to lobsters and brown crabs, and fishing is undergoing a renaissance here particularly as more people are seeking out locally-caught, seasonal food.

“It’s therefore great to see so many local businesses coming together to celebrate their heritage and showcase the simple delights of eating freshly-caught and cooked fish.”

The day runs from 11am until 7pm and most of the events will be free. Timings of events will vary and there will be different activities happening in each village.

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