Portland Fish & Ships
When April 12-13th, 2014
Where Portland Marina, Dorset
Portland Marina held their first ever Fish & Ship festival celebrating Dorset’s finest both on, under and above sea, the weekend before Easter.
Osprey Quay, the growing centre of marine excellence at Portland showed the public their wares, from Sunseeker to Scimitar Diving. The tenants at Osprey Quay threw their doors open and held a mini boat show on-site. There were watersports demos over the two days, including kite surfing, paddle boarding, dinghy sailing and gig rowing. IPACA students showcased their boatbuilding skills and both the BMF South West and BBA (British Boatbuilding Academy) were involved too in encouraging youngsters to take to the sea.
Dorset is a food rich county and there were food samples and demos from the Crab House & Blue Fish Restaurant. Fresh fish & shellfish distributors, local farmers, cider makers, artisan bakers and chocolate makers – the list is long and the event was supported by Dorset Food & Drink.
The newly opened ‘Harbour Lights’ waterfront restaurant provided quality themed hot food over the weekend, including good old fish & chips.
Down House Farm had hogget on the spit on the Friday night, to welcome the intrepid cyclists that completed Dean & Reddyhoff’s Big Green Cycle Challenge – travelling from Haslar Marina, via two ferries, collecting East Cowes Marina and Weymouth Marina en route to reach Portland on the evening of the 11th April.
WessexFM brought their road show on the Saturday and there was competitions and fun for all the family – from crab catching to raft racing. There was live music on the Saturday evening from local bands.