Swanage Fish Festival 2016 raises £2250 for charity

Swanage RNLI, The Fishermen’s Mission and Swanage Coastwatch will all receive £750 thanks to the success of the Swanage Fish Festival 2016.

Once again, Swanage proved to be a mecca for all things fishy during the fish festival weekend. From foraging masterclasses to chefs cooking up a storm, there was entertainment for the whole family.

The picturesque Prince Albert Gardens drew thousands of visitors who were treated to a showcase of local seafood and musicians, whilst raising funds for Swanage RNLI, The Fishermen’s Mission and Swanage Coastwatch.

Adam Clarke, Chairman of the festival said: “What a tremendous event. Thanks to all our supporters both local and from afar. It was great to see so many people enjoying themselves in the sunshine in Swanage with some incredible seafood. Most importantly we are ecstatic to have raised so much money for the great causes we’re supporting.”

During the weekend, Rick Stein’s Sandbanks restaurant Head Chef Pete Murt, wowed the crowd with tastes from around the world using local ingredients. A French boulliabaisse brought the Mediterranean sunshine and taste to Swanage.

James Golding, Chef Director at The Pig prepared delicious dishes using locally caught sea bream and cuttlefish, illustrating how The Pig on the Beach at Studland strives to use ingredients from a 25 mile radius.

Giuseppe Sinaguglia from the Olive Tree Cookery School led groups foraging along the Purbeck coast for edible plants and flowers – and made sure he got back in time to produce a crab and avocado bruschetta.

Swanage Fish Festival 2017 will take place on June 10 and 11.