Lots to sea and do as Portsmouth Seafood Festival returns

Heather and Chris Parr from Northampton'''Picture Ian Hargreaves
Heather and Chris Parr from Northampton'''Picture Ian Hargreaves

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THE aroma of freshly cooked fish could be found right through Gunwharf Quays at the weekend, as the Portsmouth Seafood Festival returned for a second year.

The event saw thousands of people flock to the city for an event celebrating the fish culture – from the fishermen to the chefs who cook up mouth-watering seafood dishes.

Fiona Biggs and Alex Bovino

Fiona Biggs and Alex Bovino

Oysters, lobster and even fish finger sandwiches were available for residents, as they sat down to think a bit more about Portsmouth’s fishing heritage.

Shirley Parker, 57 from Fareham, said: ‘I think having a seafood festival is a great idea – it shows how important fishing is and that there’s so much variety in what is available for us.’

Jenna Barratt-Elloway, 37 from Southsea, said: ‘Everyone I know is busy today but I thought I would come down anyway.

‘The food here is amazing; I got six oysters and a glass of prosecco for £10 so I’m all set for the event.’

Entertaining the crowds

Entertaining the crowds

Pete Hunt from Need Street Food in Portsmouth said: ‘The festival has been great.

‘It’s good fun with lovely people and lots of delicious seafood.

‘It is the first time we have been to a seafood event and it has certainly set the bar very high – and it’s always nice to try our hand at something different.

‘Our fish finger sandwiches have been going down a storm.’

Nigel and Mieae Russell from Reading

Nigel and Mieae Russell from Reading