You don’t have to love fish to love Pembrokeshire Fish Week!
The seriously fishy festival runs from 26th June to 4th July and with more than 250 events, is packed with opportunities to tuck into fresh, locally-caught fish and shellfish.
Enjoy seafood extravaganzas, fish chowders, homemade fish pie, freshly dressed local crab, Spanish paella and other seafood delights from around the world - or traditional beer-battered cod with hand-cut Pembrokeshire chips.
The festival, now in its eleventh year, also features family fun days, cookery demos, seashore safaris, angling competitions, and much more.
“Pembrokeshire Fish Week celebrates our delicious fish and shellfish but at the same time, it’s more than just a foodie festival,” said Kate Morgan, organiser of Fish Week and Food Officer for Pembrokeshire County Council.
“It’s about our wonderful beaches and rivers, the local fishing industry and our fishing heritage, and combining it with the best of our local produce.”
Lovers of the outdoors have a host of events to choose from, including island rambles, river kayak trips, guided beach walks, and windsurfing and sailing sessions.
New this year is a coasteering and foraging day at Abereiddi, followed by a fish broth on the beach.
Foodies have hundreds of opportunities to enjoy locally-caught fish and shellfish at special events at restaurants, pubs, and cafes throughout the week.
Be inspired by celebrity chef demonstrations, tutored tastings, and masterclasses from Valentine Warner from BBC2’s ‘What to Eat Now’, fishmonger and restaurateur Mitch Tonks of the ‘Seahorse’, and TV presenter Matt Tebbutt, of the ‘Foxhunter’.
Cook seafood to perfection in cookery classes with Angela Gray, make authentic Japanese sushi in a workshop with Kimie Atkins, and learn how to fillet expertly in filleting and preparation workshops with fish craftsman Duncan Lucas.
Fish Week also has something for anglers of all levels and abilities. The FBM Holidays Coarse Fishing Championship Final will be held on 3rd July at Llyn Carfan Coarse Fishery at Tavernspite, with heats taking place daily during the previous week.
Sea anglers can take part in the Stena Line Sea Angling Festival on 4th July at Fishguard Harbour Breakwater – an open PENNS Points catch and release competition.
Novice anglers can enjoy learn-to-fish days while there are a variety of coaching sessions for those who want to brush up on their skills.
Or for something a little different, why not try fishing by moonlight, guided fishing from kayaks, family fishing days, or even cook-your-catch mackerel fishing trips?
For children, there are family fun days at Milford Haven and Tenby, seashore safaris, crab-catching, beach activity days, seaside-themed art and craft sessions, and family bike rides and nature watches.
Fish Week casts off on Saturday, 26th June with a big family fun day at Milford Haven Marina. New for 2010 is ‘Feast on Fish’ – a bistro marquee with chefs cooking and serving fresh fish caught off the docks. Come along and enjoy the fun!