Pembrokeshire Fish Week, a celebration of Pembrokeshire’s fantastic seafood, spectacular coastline, wonderful beaches, and maritime heritage, is back and it’s better than ever! The 2011 festival is packed with more than 250 events and will be held between 25th June and 3rd July, making it an ideal family holiday in Wales.
The festival attracted nearly 30,000 visitors last year and this year has many exciting new events lined up – including ‘Cook your Catch’, a seafood cookery masterclass with five top British chefs.
Mark Hix, Valentine Warner, Mitch Tonks, Bryn Williams and Anthony Evans will all be cooking inspirational fish and shellfish dishes at the Torch Theatre on 29th June. But there’s a catch! Earlier in the day, they will all go fishing off the South Pembrokeshire coast and they must cook their own rod-caught fish or shellfish in their demonstration – whatever it may be!
The event will be presented by Simon Wright, ‘Champion of Welsh Produce’ for Wales the True Taste awards, owner of Y Polyn restaurant in Carmarthenshire, and former AA Guide editor.
Other new events include a beginners kayaking course, mackerel fishing and fishy bbq at the cabin with TYF Adventure, St Davids. Learn the fundamental skills with the shelter of Porthclais Harbour and then head out with your TYF guide for a gentle paddle along the coast. They’ll share their knowledge and fishing lines to catch mackerel for dinner, returning to St. Davids with the bbq ready to go.
Or why not try a marine day on Newport beach? Enjoy a geology walk with Sid Howells, followed by a Seine netting and rock shore exploration session with the Darwin Centre. There’s also a river walk for youngsters in Solva - a chance to get in close and really find out about river life – and a family-friendly beachcomb at Tenby - both with Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. There are also many other activities on during the week that would make it an ideal UK family holiday.
Tickets for ‘Cook your Catch’ are £17 (£15 concessions) including a glass of wine, courtesy of Celtic Wines. Doors open at 7pm for 7.30pm. Contact the Torch Theatre Box Office on 01646 695267. As part of South Hook’s Community Relations and Investment Programme, this event has been supported by South Hook and all profits will be donated to Pembrokeshire Action to Combat Hardship.
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