Northampton gears up for Crabstock 2013 –

Northampton gears up for Crabstock 2013 Published:  13 February, 2013

The organisers of Crabstock, Britain’s only inland fish and live music festival,  confirmed on February 13, that Crabstock 2013 will be staged in Northampton between Friday 19th April and Sunday 21st April.

The inaugural Crabstock was held last April in Great Rissington, in the Cotswolds, to great acclaim, and visitors to the second edition of this unique event are promised a memorable weekend of top food and music as well as on-hand expert advice about cooking and eating Great British shellfish.

Matt Ayres, professional chef and one of the festival’s founders, says: “Crabstock is a lot of fun for all the family, but it’s also about teaching people about the health benefits of eating Great British shellfish as well as the social and economic importance of supporting the country’s fishing industry.

“I fully believe that our shellfish is the best in the world and that we should do all that we can to keep all our wonderful, nutritious, sustainable shellfish on the menu. Crabstock is a fantastic opportunity to engage local inland communities and we look forward to welcoming the people of Northampton and beyond to The Obelisk Centre in April.”

In the run-up to Crabstock 2013, as part of his mission to build awareness about Great British shellfish and seafood, the Crabstock team will continue working closely with primary schools in the Northampton area to grow awareness among children and teachers through talks and presentations.

“I am delighted to say that since Crabstock 2012 we have received overwhelming support from many individuals and organisations for our plans to educate non-coastal communities about the fabulous array of delicious shellfish that British waters produce and the importance of supporting our hardworking fishermen.”

Anticipating many thousands of visitors to Crabstock 2013, the organisers have been working tirelessly to assemble a fun-packed line-up of events and surprises, alongside dozens of seafood stalls and vendors. To whet the appetite, here are just some of the attractions being offered:

· The Crabstock Bands: Musicians will be playing all weekend. Visitors will enjoy a mixture of local acts and bands from further afield, and perhaps one or two guest appearances from some very well known performers.

· The Crabstock Beach: a real sandy beach in Northampton, specially imported for the weekend together with sounds of the seaside. This is an opportunity for the people of Northampton to wear knotted handkerchiefs; take part in the sandcastle competition; and relax with a crab sandwich and a glass of something special without the risk of swooping seagulls.

· Shellfish Recipe Corner: Chefs will present a wide variety of shellfish recipes throughout the weekend.

· Information Corner: With demonstrations, talks and videos throughout the weekend from members of the crab fishing industry.

· Traditional Punch & Judy: Featuring all the favourite characters, such as Joey the Clown, Hector the Horse, Doctor and the Beadle, Ghost and the Devil, Sausage-munching Crocodile, Baby, and of course Punch and Judy. Performed in a purpose built red and white striped theatre with ornate paintwork.

· Triple Gold Star Oysters: Meet the oyster farmers that are producing some of the best tasting oysters on the south coast, the Portland Pearl and the Portland Princess.

· Educational Forum: Top chefs impart expert nutritional advice about shellfish and fish.

· Live Crab Picking: With demonstrations throughout the weekend on how to pick a crab without fear. There will be the opportunity to purchase your own cooked crab and pick it under the watchful eye of shellfish expert Adrian Bartlett.

· Crabstock Seafood Restaurant: On Saturday evening there will be the opening of a very exclusive restaurant with just 25 seats. This will be the perfect opportunity to try some amazing British seafood and shellfish cooked by Matt Ayers.

· Sunday Morning Service: A special service conducted by the Fishermen’s Mission.

During the run up and over the Crabstock 2013 festival weekend, the organisers will be hoping to raise money for a number of charities, including The National Lobster Hatchery, the Cynthia Spencer Hospice, the Warwickshire Northamptonshire Air Ambulance, and the Fishermen’s Mission.