Seafest makes a splash in 15th year

Seafest.Sailors having funKatie Hoyle and Keeley Clarkson .Picture Richard Ponter 132948b
Seafest.Sailors having funKatie Hoyle and Keeley Clarkson .Picture Richard Ponter 132948b

Scarborough’s West Pier was awash with the sounds, sights and smells of the sea as the town held its annual maritime festival.

Seafest 2013 was the 15th event of its kind, attracting people from far and wide for three days of seafaring shenanigans.

Seafest overview .Picture Richard Ponter 132948m

Seafest overview .Picture Richard Ponter 132948m

Over recent years the festival has grown to include live music, cookery demonstrations, exhibitions and food stalls.

This year’s Seafest Food Theatre drew in the crowds with people queueing out the door to see some of Yorkshire’s leading chefs.

Home talent behind the hob included Yorkshire Coast College students, Martyn Hyde from Eat Me Cafe, Dan Hargreaves from The Copper Horse and Rob Porter from The Green Room.

As the Food Theatre got the taste buds watering the Great Yorkshire Brewery was on hand to quench thirst with a real ale and beer festival offering more than 40 real ales, beers and ciders all brewed and sourced locally.

The brewery was brought to life with a full line-up of music put together by organisers of Scarborough’s popular music event Acoustic Gathering.

Janet Jefferson, one of the coordinators of the event, organised by Scarborough Council in partnership with Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “We have enjoyed another really fun Seafest.

“The exhibitors were all really pleased and we had a great turn out from local as well as people who had travelled all over.

“It was a great success and we are already looking forward to building on it again for next year’s event.”

Visitors to the main tent packed in throughout the weekend to sample food stalls, and enjoy exhibitions.

Adding to the atmosphere was Scarborough’s Sea Life Centre, Scarborough Museums Trust, the Animated Objects Theatre Company and more, all with the blessings of Rev Pam Jennings who led a service on Sunday morning.

One of the highlights of the festival was a grand firework display on Saturday evening. The drama was added to by a frightened black and white dog sprinting into the sea, though thanks to the team work of onlookers it was rescued safely from the steps near the lighthouse.