Fish and chip shops across Whitby are welcoming the news of a festival this May to celebrate the seaside town’s rich fishing history and the vast array of seafood it has to offer.
Fish & Ships Festival will take place on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th May and will feature music, entertainment and street theatre while some of the coast's award-winning seafood heroes, including The Magpie Cafe’s Paul Gildroy, will join celebrity chefs Jean-Christophe Novelli and Brian Turner in the festival kitchen, cooking up the daily catch. There will also be fish filleting and crab dressing demonstrations by local fishermen, a seafood trail and a competition for children to build a fish or ship out of Lego. The festival will culminate in a pier-side firework display on Saturday night.
Stuart Fusco, who owns three fish and chip shops in the town - Quayside, Royal Fisheries and The Fish Box - comments: “This is fantastic news. It highlights Whitby produce as a whole while underlining Whitby as a place for excellent fish and chips.”
He adds: “There are about 20 fish and chips shops in Whitby so fish and chips will definitely be a big focus and we are certainly looking forward to getting involved. There are some big names behind the festival and we hope it attracts a lot of people into the town and that it creates some great PR for the industry as a whole to help keep fish and chips on the menu everywhere.”
Janet Deacon, festival organiser and tourism and corporate marketing manager for Scarborough Borough Council, comments: “From the building of its boats to its multi award-winning fish restaurants, Whitby is one of the few places left in Britain where you can still experience the seafarer's way of life from sea to shore, as it's been for hundreds of years.
“Whitby was once an international maritime centre and visitors will be able to explore first-hand how today's seafarers are building on tradition to put top quality seafood on Britain's plates, in their own unique and sustainable way.”