New Bridlington seafood fest expected to attract thousands –

New Bridlington seafood fest expected to attract thousands Published:  19 August, 2011 THE popular Bridlington Seafood Festival returns to the UK fishing port this weekend and it is expected to attract thousands of visitors. As well as being a popular seaside resort, Bridlington is now home to the largest shellfish operation in Britain.

The festival starts tomorrow (Saturday) and continues on Sunday and is organised by Bridlington Harbour Commissioners. It will be staged on Bridlington Harbour from 10.00am to 4.00pm on both days, with displays and activities reflecting the port’s amazing rise as a major shellfish centre. In fact it is now the largest lobster landing centre in Europe.Bridlington crabs and lobsters are exported across  the Continent, with France among its biggest customers. It earns millions of pounds each year in export revenue.

Fore visitors, there will also be chance to look around some historic fishing  boats that have been used at the harbour, another treasure hunt quiz for children, which was popular last year, live shellfish to view, and shellfish dressing demonstrations. The latest plans for the Bridlington Marina will also be on display, along with historic photographs of Bridlington Harbour.

Also on Sunday  there will be a chance to see cooking demonstrations with seafood on The Spa Gardens, where the Local Food Network kitchen will visit Bridlington. Recent appearances of the portable kitchen have been at Hornsea Seafood Festival, where top Yorkshire Chef, Stephanie Moon from Rudding Park did the honours, and Driffield Show. The Local Food Network project is aimed at supporting local food businesses – including producers, suppliers, and food outlets.

Harbourmaster Chris Smith said the seafood show will be a celebration of Bridlington’s fishing success over the past few years.