Seafest 2012 - “The best ever”

Seafest 2012''Picture by Neil Silk  122949a'21/07/12
Seafest 2012''Picture by Neil Silk 122949a'21/07/12

Hundreds of people have been soaking up the sun while enjoying all things maritime at what has been deemed Scarborough’s best ever Seafest.

The annual three day festival, which got underway last night, continued today with cookery demonstrations, produce stalls and live music attracting scores of people on the South Bay’s West Pier.

Seafest 2012''Picture by Neil Silk  122949a'21/07/12

Seafest 2012''Picture by Neil Silk 122949a'21/07/12

Now in its 13th year organisers say Seafest has grown from strength to strength and are expecting to report record visitor numbers from this year’s event.

Janet Jefferson, chairman of the Seafest Steering Group, said: “The 13th Seafest is proving to be the best. The crowds have exceeded other years, and the opening night was the best we have ever experienced, with lots of families enjoying the atmosphere.

“We are so delighted with everything, from the music to the exhibitions and the food demonstrations.

“Thank you to everyone who has made this possible, everyone who has supported us, and the businesses who sponsored the fireworks.”

Seafest Yorkshire Coast College ready Steady Cook challenge''Picture by Neil Silk  122952a'21/07/12

Seafest Yorkshire Coast College ready Steady Cook challenge''Picture by Neil Silk 122952a'21/07/12

Crowds sat enjoying the music and the beer tent over looking the beach, while the stall holders enjoyed a constant stream of people tasting their delicacies.

The food demonstration tent was also full whenever the stoves were lit, especially for the Ready Steady Cook Off competition between Yorkshire Coast College student chefs Savanne Hoosen and Lorna Raistick.

Savanne, 18, won the contest with her pan fried fresh Mackerel with summer vegetables, capers and mustard cream.

The festivities are set to continue throughout the evening, with a firework display on the South Bay at 10.30pm finishing off the festival’s second day.

Seafest will continue tomorrow with more music and cooking (see below for details), and will feature a special blessing of the Boats service on the West Pier from 11.15am, led by Rev. Pam Jennings and co-ordinated by St Mary’s Church.

For pictures from the event and full reports see Thursdays Scarborough News.

Sunday’s stage line up:

13.00 - Jared Heelbeck

13.30 - Ben Vickers

14.00 - Behla Hutchinson

14.30 - Jez Echevarria

15.00 - Nick Tudor

15.45 – Tom Townsend

16.30 - Tom Watton

Sunday’s cookery demonstrations;

10.30 Martyn Hyde from EatMe Café, Scarborough, stirring up our wonderful local produce, mixed with a little Pinch of Asia, in some easily prepared dishes

11.30 Tom Rennolds, Masterchef Finalist 2012 Brings us his TV talent to share some elegant dishes using locally sourced produce

12.30 Rob Green from the award winning Green’s Restaurant, Whitby, and Mattie from Whitby Seafish. A dashing duo who will show us fish preparation and cooking skills par excellence!

1.30 Catherine Hill will be showcasing some of her favourite dishes from her new book The Weekend Cookbook. There’ll be some lovely tasters to try, heaps of great advice on how to make weekend cooking simple, flavour packed and fun plus a chance to meet her after the show

2.30 Dan Hargreaves at the Restaurant@SJT Curtain’s up for a real showstopper with food from his specially created theatre menu

3.30 Yorkshire Coast College. These talented students prepare some fabulous dishes for us to enjoy