Sustainability Awards brought to Dorset Seafood Festival

The 8th Pommery Dorset Seafood Festival, taking place 11-12 July 2015 in Weymouth, is working closely with local businesses and partners to deliver an even more sustainable event this summer.

In line with their mission for a quality and sustainable Festival, organisers have teamed up with Bournemouth based, award winning sustainability chef, Matthew Budden from the Highcliff Grill, and local catering disposable supplier, Comax UK, from Poole, to take the ‘Sustainability Awards’ for exhibitors to the next stage.

Matthew explained: “The sustainability awards are there to reward exhibitors using regional and seasonal seafood. This is in line with the Festival’s ethos of trying to get seafood lovers to eat what’s local and supporting our fishermen.”

Matthew added “Bournemouth and Poole have become the first towns in the world to achieve Sustainable Fish City status which is great news for Dorset. Some of the most important caterers and restaurants locally have committed to serving only verifiably sustainable fish, impacting upon over 3.6 million fish meals a year throughout the towns.”

Comax UK’s Sales Director, Graham Moakes said: “It is important that busy food events like the Pommery Dorset Seafood Festival should be using biodegradable, recyclable food and drink containers. There is a great range available for traders and caterers these days and we are delighted to be able to support the event and the Awards.”

Visitors can expect to choose from a mouth-watering selection of tasty fish dishes offered by around 100 stallholders, many of whom are from Dorset and surrounding counties. New, quality and regional exhibitors include the Ilchester Arms, Hotel Alexandra and Catch! All offering local, deliciously cooked seafood.

The organisers are also working alongside the Weymouth Community Volunteers, who ensure that the event runs smoothly year on year with their invaluable hard work.