Dorset Seafood Festival is 'best ever'

Sue and Duncan Lucas, of Passionate About Fish, with their seafood display

The Evans family, from Berkshire, at Dorset Seafood Festival

Newsquest Dorset managing director Vincent Boni with Rachel Gifford, Claire Boscarelli and Andy Martin on the yacht 777

Mat Follas

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THE Dorset Seafood Festival has been hailed as ‘the best ever’ by visitors, stallholders and organisers.

The event on Weymouth harbourside attracted more than 50,000 people over the weekend.

Thousands of people from as far as Yorkshire and London flocked to the resort for the iconic event, which is the biggest seafood festival in the country.

Visitors spoke of the harbourside ‘coming alive’ with the sights and smells with all kinds of cuisines on offer.

Organiser Roger Dalton said: “I think with the combination of the weather, the entertainment, the businesses all coming together, that it has been the best Dorset Seafood Festival ever.”

He added that many stallholders have already registered their interest for next year and some stands were reportedly selling double the amount they would normally expect.

Sue and Duncan Lucas, of Passionate About Fish, based in Surrey, set up a display of sea creatures in support of charity Fisherman’s Mission.

Sue said: “This is the best festival in the calendar and this is the best year we have had so far.

“It’s just brilliant. The harbourside is buzzing.”

Shelley Bond, of Dorchester Restaurant Shelley’s Plaice, was exhibiting at the festival for the first time this year.

She said: “It has been fantastic. We have been so busy and my only worry is that I might run out of food before the day’s ended.”

Liz Evans travelled from Newbury, Berkshire, for the event, with children Ruby, six, and Joseph, 10.

She said: “We visit Weymouth every year especially for the seafood festival.

“There’s such a lot going on, it’s fabulous.

“We are just trying to eat our way around all of the stalls.”

Joseph added: “It’s really fun here, and I like all the different kinds of food.”

Mr Dalton said: “The only word I can think to describe it is just ‘wow’.

“The harbourside is looking its best, we have the weather for it, everything is going smoothly and trade is great.

“What I really love about this festival is how everyone wants to get involved. We all pull together.”

He admitted that last year’s event, when the Saturday of the 2012 festival was rained off, was a ‘big disappointment’.

“At the end of the day, this is an outdoor event and the weather just made it dangerous.

“But this year – just look at it. It’s so busy there’s barely a hotel space in Weymouth.”

Nor is the event just about food.

Mr Dalton said: “There’s a spectacular range of seafood, but we’ve also got live music in Hope Square, we’ve got the B-Side arts festival and a disco.”

He added: “It just goes to show what this town can really do if we have the confidence to try.”

* The Daily Echo and Dorset Echo hosted a hospitality day at the festival on board the prestigious motor yacht 777, in conjunction with Ara wines and Brand Acceleration.

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5:52pm Sun 14 Jul 13

Isosceles says...

Anne Mellars, of Weymouth, won the prize drawer at ArtWey’s Open Studios event.
I wonder where this drawer will fit with the rest of her furniture?
Anne Mellars, of Weymouth, won the prize drawer at ArtWey’s Open Studios event. I wonder where this drawer will fit with the rest of her furniture? Isosceles
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7:27am Mon 15 Jul 13

Atilla says...

Shame the organisers weren't so enthusiastic about clearing up the mess afterwards! Given that most of the rubbish was discarded food a clear up immediately after the festival finished would have been a good idea. The sun is already warm on Monday morning and the harbourside looks and smells like a third world slum!
Shame the organisers weren't so enthusiastic about clearing up the mess afterwards! Given that most of the rubbish was discarded food a clear up immediately after the festival finished would have been a good idea. The sun is already warm on Monday morning and the harbourside looks and smells like a third world slum! Atilla
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12:10pm Mon 15 Jul 13

wessex-andy says...

Yes, the stallholders were certainly a bone idle and filthy lot. Rubbish and waste seafood left everywhere. In any other town in any other European country the rubbish would have been cleared away and the place tidied up before most of us were awake this morning. There was still a lot of rubbish lying around at 11 o'clock this morning -- some of it left there by the waste collection operatives.
Yes, the stallholders were certainly a bone idle and filthy lot. Rubbish and waste seafood left everywhere. In any other town in any other European country the rubbish would have been cleared away and the place tidied up before most of us were awake this morning. There was still a lot of rubbish lying around at 11 o'clock this morning -- some of it left there by the waste collection operatives. wessex-andy
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2:32pm Mon 15 Jul 13

sandystorm says...

i thought the Seafood festival was amazing. it certainly was & is one of the best weekend fests in our town. the town was heaving. i loved it and think they all did a great job, including the rubbish trucks that i saw clearing all the rubbish on saturday.The sunshine was out. the beach was packed & the town was so busy, not only from locals but huge amounts of day & weekend visitors. well done to the organisers of this event and the many volunteers that worked so hard to make it a 'bang on' Weymouth Event.
i thought the Seafood festival was amazing. it certainly was & is one of the best weekend fests in our town. the town was heaving. i loved it and think they all did a great job, including the rubbish trucks that i saw clearing all the rubbish on saturday.The sunshine was out. the beach was packed & the town was so busy, not only from locals but huge amounts of day & weekend visitors. well done to the organisers of this event and the many volunteers that worked so hard to make it a 'bang on' Weymouth Event. sandystorm
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3:28pm Mon 15 Jul 13

Get a grip says...

We need more extents like this which make the most of one of the town's best features the harbour.
We need more extents like this which make the most of one of the town's best features the harbour. Get a grip
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4:46pm Mon 15 Jul 13

arlbergbahn says...

wessex-andy wrote:
Yes, the stallholders were certainly a bone idle and filthy lot. Rubbish and waste seafood left everywhere. In any other town in any other European country the rubbish would have been cleared away and the place tidied up before most of us were awake this morning. There was still a lot of rubbish lying around at 11 o'clock this morning -- some of it left there by the waste collection operatives.
yay, it's the traditional Echo moan! no one can ever be unequivocally positive about anything, can they, there has to be a moan about something. There was a lot to clear away, and it all seemed to have been cleared by lunchtime, but no, there has to be a moan, doesn't there.
[quote][p][bold]wessex-andy[/bold] wrote: Yes, the stallholders were certainly a bone idle and filthy lot. Rubbish and waste seafood left everywhere. In any other town in any other European country the rubbish would have been cleared away and the place tidied up before most of us were awake this morning. There was still a lot of rubbish lying around at 11 o'clock this morning -- some of it left there by the waste collection operatives.[/p][/quote]yay, it's the traditional Echo moan! no one can ever be unequivocally positive about anything, can they, there has to be a moan about something. There was a lot to clear away, and it all seemed to have been cleared by lunchtime, but no, there has to be a moan, doesn't there. arlbergbahn
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8:42pm Mon 15 Jul 13

Be_Happy says...

wessex-andy wrote:
Yes, the stallholders were certainly a bone idle and filthy lot. Rubbish and waste seafood left everywhere. In any other town in any other European country the rubbish would have been cleared away and the place tidied up before most of us were awake this morning. There was still a lot of rubbish lying around at 11 o'clock this morning -- some of it left there by the waste collection operatives.
Oh come on, I saw waste collection going on both evenings after the event, I saw stall holders hosing down their pitches, I saw council cleaners early in the morning.
[quote][p][bold]wessex-andy[/bold] wrote: Yes, the stallholders were certainly a bone idle and filthy lot. Rubbish and waste seafood left everywhere. In any other town in any other European country the rubbish would have been cleared away and the place tidied up before most of us were awake this morning. There was still a lot of rubbish lying around at 11 o'clock this morning -- some of it left there by the waste collection operatives.[/p][/quote]Oh come on, I saw waste collection going on both evenings after the event, I saw stall holders hosing down their pitches, I saw council cleaners early in the morning. Be_Happy
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6:56pm Wed 17 Jul 13

Billy1mate says...

Well it is something to work on for next year. Good to see people moaning about something, next they will be saying it is too hot!
If you saw the rubbish why not be proactive, take a bag and pick some up or is it an 'it's not my job or that's what I pay my council tax for.'
Well it is something to work on for next year. Good to see people moaning about something, next they will be saying it is too hot! If you saw the rubbish why not be proactive, take a bag and pick some up or is it an 'it's not my job or that's what I pay my council tax for.' Billy1mate
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