Award-winning Dorset Seafood Festival SEAFEAST is making a return to Weymouth Peninsula for its 15th year of celebrations, offering guests the opportunity to eat, discover and learn about the incredible fish and seafood available along our British coastline.
Taking place over two days on the 10 and 11 September 2022, the event promises a spectacular line-up of food, drink and entertainment, from incredible street food vendors to workshops, live cooking demonstrations, talks and more.
As it does every year, SEAFEST also helps to raise money for the Fisherman’s Mission Charity, which has been supporting fisherman across the UK for the last 137 years, and to educate attendees on sustainable fishing, seafood and the coast.
So, what are you waiting for? There’s a huge amount to get involved in – take a look at what to expect at the festival this year.
Food and drink
In order to truly understand what makes seafood so special, you need to taste it! Discover a huge range of dishes from a selection of amazing street food stalls to experience fresh seafood at its very best.
Alongside plenty of great grub, guests are invited to enjoy a stellar line-up of excellent brews and quality wines. This year, the festival has partnered with silver sponsors Miravel, purveyors of high-quality Provencal rosé wines, and Hall & Woodhouse, who produce Badger Beers.
Miraval wine is produced in Provence by Famille Perrin, the leading organic wine grower of the Southern Rhône Valley. Enjoy their unique wines alongside a range of fish dishes or simply sip solo in the September sunshine.
What’s more, the team at SEAFEAST are also bringing a Sparkling Dorset Bar to the festival, where guests will be able to sample some of the best English Sparkling Wine the UK has to offer. Look out for bottles by an array of top Dorset producers, including Bride Balley, Furleigh Estate and Langham. Seafood and sparkling – a match made in heaven, right?
New to this year’s line-up is sustainable feature The Outcasts, designed to educate guests about three more unusual, yet highly underrated, species including monkfish, gurnard and spider crab. In keeping with the festival’s sustainable ethos, the feature aims to shine a light on underutilised, yet delicious, types of fish, with the festival as a whole working alongside the Blue Marine Foundation (Blue Marine) to ensure there is a focus on restoring the ocean to health and to support local, low impact fisheries.
Expect a ton of chef demonstrations showing guests how to cook the three ‘outcasts’, along with plenty of amazing stall holders offering them in delicious dishes so you can try them for yourself!
There’s plenty more to see and do at The Dorset Seafood Festival this year. Award-winning wine expert Susy Atkins (The Telegraph) is running wine tasting sessions on both days, where she chats to English Sparkling Wine producers and encourages the audience to become wine connoisseurs themselves.
A host of live acoustic music from talented local acts are also performing all weekend, perfect for relaxing to once you’ve had your fill of tasty food and drink.
SEAFEST is very much a family affair, too. Keep little ones entertained at free cookery workshop School of Fish, where they can try their hands at creating tasty fish dishes with the help of fully trained chefs.
Find out more and buy tickets at Dorset Seafood.