Pembrokeshire Fish Week Festival

28th June to 6 July marks the Fish Week Festival in Milford Haven in Pembrokeshire in West Wales and the event is full of plenty to entertain all the family.

LLibrary thumbnail 8666ove good food, enjoy beach and out door activities or just great family fun, then you will definitely enjoy the Pembrokeshire Fish Week Festival and there is plenty for non fish lovers too.   If you like great fresh fish and shellfish, to eat and to cook - you’re in for a treat! Tuck into the freshest local produce at the county's restaurants and pubs, from local lobster to fresh crab salads and seafood extravaganzas, taster menus to seafood tapas, a foraged picnic or good old beer-battered fish with hand-cut Pembrokeshire chips.  There is plenty to choose from a seaside lunch to sophisticated evening meal. There are also lots of opportunities for keen cooks to learn how to get the best out of their fish and shellfish in a variety of demonstrations and master classes with top chefs.  From a relaxing evening trip on the Cleddau to adrenalin assured outdoor adventure there are plenty of ways for you to experience Pembrokeshire’s breathtaking coastline. Try eco fishing adventures in a kayak, coasteering, a taster session in sailing at Saundersfoot’s Festival of The Sea, or catch your supper on a mackerel fishing trip.   If you bring the family, or looking for some fishy frolics, no squidding Fish Week is Skate! There’s so much fun in store! Explore crystal clear rock pools and find out what lives on our beaches in seashore safaris. Learn how to surf and fish, take part in seaside sports, make some wonderful creations in beach-inspired art and craft workshops.

The festival is a fishing paradise for all levels – from the experienced angler to the beginner and to ‘just have a go’. Keen anglers can enjoy some excellent fishing and take part in sea angling and coarse fishing championships, whilst families and beginners have plenty of choice for fishing coaching at local fisheries throughout the county.  The week casts off with a food lovers and family day at Milford Fish Docks on Saturday June 28th, where you can enjoy a carnival atmosphere, with music, entertainment and activities for all ages, alongside demonstrations, sea food to buy, taste and enjoy, exhibitions and stalls, and you certainly don’t need to like fish to enjoy the fun!

Named as Number 1 in the Top 10 Best Food Festivals by The Independent (2013), Listed as one of the UK's best food festivals by Conde Nast Traveller (2013), Number 1 of the top 10 food festivals in the UK by Visit Britain (2011), the festival is a previous winner of True Taste Food Tourism Destination and Pembrokeshire Tourisms premier event, it hosts over 200 family friendly events and activities around the counties coast and inland waterways.

Famous Chef Paul Rankin (above) will be on hand with a  demonstration night  on the 2 July. Paul changed the face of culinary Northern Ireland when he opened Roscoff, the restaurant that was to become the first to win a Michelin Star in the country. He has his own range of phenomenally successful Irish breads, sausages and pies which are available in major supermarkets throughout the UK. He is best known for being one of the longest standing and most successful chefs on Ready Steady Cook as well as appearing on Step up to the Plate (BBC1), Saturday Kitchen (BBC1) and most recently Put Your Menu Where Your Mouth Is (BBC1), a new daytime show for Channel 4, featuring Paul which is out later this year. Paul will be bringing his unique Irish humour and wit for a lively evening of entertainment as he cooks up a number of delicious fish dishes onstage.

On the 5th July, Pembroke Castle's second Proms in the Castle concert will mark the finale of the Pembrokeshire Fish Week Festival. Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra will provide an evening of much loved classics set against the backdrop of Pembrokeshire's iconic medieval fortress.  Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra previously performed at Pembroke Castle in September 2011, and despite unseasonal weather a crowd of over 1,000 enjoyed an atmospheric evening with a firework finale.  The CPO is one of Wales' most popular non-professional orchestras, with a reputation for a wide ranging repertoire from film scores, light classics to major symphonic works.  The Orchestra will be conducted by Michael Bell who founded the CPO in 1982 and has been its Conductor for over 30 years.  Michael is popular with audiences for his informative yet light hearted presentation.

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