Three Harbours Festival puts locally caught seafood back on the menu

3 Harbours Seafood Festival

Freshly caught seafood will once again be dish of the day in Port Seton, as a local chef cooks up mussels on the harbour side, straight from the boat to hungry diners.

Today’s meal will be cooked at the water’s edge by Andrew Blair of the Harbour Takeaway brasserie and marks the launch of the programme for this year’s 3 Harbours Seafood Festival.

The event has been organised by Adele Conn of the 3 Harbours Seafood Festival, in order to highlight the importance of East Lothian’s natural larder and its fishing industry. Despite Scotland’s rich coastal heritage and reputation for great seafood, 3 Harbours is one of only two seafood festivals in the country.

Ms Conn says: “Our coastline is home to some of the best seafood in the world but the vast majority of it is exported and eaten hundreds of miles away. We really wanted to draw attention to the great food we have on our doorstep and it’s even better if we can have some fun in the process.

This year’s seafood festival will be held at the Greenbelt, Prestonpans, and organisers will announce details of the 2010 programme today as the fishermen land their catch in Port Seton harbour. Running from May 28 – 30, the festival was established in 2009 to honour East Lothian’s seafaring history.

In its first year, the festival attracted over 3,000 visitors in just one day and organisers are hoping to build on that success in 2010, with twice as many stalls and events running across three days.

And if great seafood isn’t enough, the festival will also exhibit work by artists including Kerry Henderson, David Cohan and workshops run by community artist, Siobhan Lawson and Helen Gallogly. Children will be treated to a bouncy castle, kite flying and other activities to keep them more than entertained.

Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer at EventScotland, says: “The 3 Harbours Seafood Festival draws impressive crowds to East Lothian and celebrates the region’s fishing community, industry, culture and heritage. The festival also showcases the area’s beautiful coastal landscape and warm hospitality. This year the festival has ambitious plans for growth which are being supported by EventScotland’s national funding programme and we look forward to seeing the increased tourism benefits generated.”

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