One of the best fish festivals in the country happens on the spectacular Ceredigion coast in July. The Cardigan Bay Seafood Festival is a great attraction for locals and visitors to Aberaeron every year and the 2015 event is on Sunday, July 5. There’s much more to it than fish too!
Seafood and much more
The annual Cardigan Bay Seafood Festival started in 1997 when a group of local fishermen decided to show people what fish was available locally and how it can be prepared.
Now the event has grown in size and popularity and visitors get a chance to watch top chefs prepare local fish and sample dishes that they can then try out at home. Produce of the sea, such as lobster, crab, mackerel, mullet and seabass are cooked in all different styles. This year there will be several Michelin starred chefs showing their skills.
It’s a great day out around the stunningly picturesque Aberaeron Harbour and attracts around 7,000 visitors.
There will be stalls all along Quay Parade to Cadwgan Place. It all starts at 11am. As well as a great variety of seafood cooked in every mouthwatering way you can imagine, there will be a range of stalls offering other delicious food and drink.
Cider makers, chocolates, preserves, cheeses, honey, coffee and crepes will be there to taste and buy. There will be a good range of craft stalls too.
Seeing the top chefs demonstrating on their stoves on the Quay is one of the highlights of the festival. Get close up, ask them the questions you always wanted to, taste their wonderful dishes, get new ideas to try at home.
Top chefs running demos this year include Gareth Ward, of Ynyshir Hall, Eglwysfach;
Stephen Terry of The Hardwick, Abergavenny; Hywel Jones, of Lucknam Park, Colerne, Bath; Roger Jones, of The Harrow at Little Bedwyn; Dudley Newberry, our very own S4C and BBC Wales TV chef;
Gareth Jones, of The Wynnstay, Machynlleth; Ludo Dieumegard, from The Harbourmaster, Aberaeron; Sue Manson, from Y Polyn, Nantgaredig; Stuart Phillips of The Hundred House hotel, Norton; Elin Wyn Williams, of Bant a la Cart Deli, Cardiff; Will Holland, of Coast, Saundersfoot; and Bryan Webb, from Tyddyn Llan, Corwen.
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