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Last year’s fishy success

In June 2015, Swanage celebrated its fist Swanage Fish Festival with great success.

The picturesque Prince Albert Gardens drew a huge crowd eager to catch demonstrations, sample local fishy delights, browse the stalls and soak up the festival atmosphere.

Britain’s Best Dish television judge Ed Baines from Randal & Aubin, London cooked sumptuous spider crab and served up tips on how to catch one yourself. James Golding from The Pig on the Beach and forager Dan Scott from Fore Adventure created a perfect double act, advising on how to forage delicious seaweed and which appetising local fish to pair it with. Visitors enjoyed a variety of delicious food and drink stalls, live music, crabbing competitions, local artists and much, much more.

Katharine Wright from, festival sponsor Dorset Food & Drink, commented: “It wasn’t difficult for us to see the potential of this event; we wanted to support a local sustainable fish festival for the Isle of Purbeck, bringing in people from across Dorset and further afield. This event was a huge success!”

The RNLI, Fishermen’s Mission and The Swanage Pier Trust have all received £500 thanks to the success of the festival.

Here are a few articles and statements from supporters last year, leading up to and during the festival:

Daily Echo – Excitement building for first Swanage Fish Festival

Daily Echo – Seafood lovers descend on first Swanage Fish Festival

Daily Echo – GALLERY: Hundreds of sea food fans head out to first Swanage Fish Festival

Inside Dorset – Save the date for the first ever Swanage Fish Festival

Here are a few ‘snaps of the day’