Lymington’s first seafood festival takes place August 12th and 13th, aiming to build on the New Forest’s reputation as one of the UK’s leading food destinations for tourists. The two-day event, held at Bath Road Park, is free entry and will feature some of the region’s most exciting chefs, restaurants and artisan producers as well as raising money for charity.

For the first year, the ‘not for profit’ festival will be partnering with the Blue Marine Foundation (BLUE) to support its Solent Oyster Restoration Project. BLUE, the UK-based marine conservation charity is aiming to raise £250,000 to restore the native oyster to the Solent.

The Festival will play host to an exciting array of over 70 producers and pop-up restaurants with around 180 different delicacies on offer across the weekend including lobster mac n’ cheese, local hand dived scallops, clams, crab, mackerel….the list goes on! All of which, can be washed down with a glass of Hambledon Vineyards award winning English sparkling, a pint of festival ale courtesy of Ringwood Brewery or local gin or rum from Dancing Cows Distillery.

With its stunning Solent and estuary views, Bath Road Park will welcome around a dozen of the regions leading chefs in the demonstration kitchen, including the Jetty’s Alex Aitken, Matt Tomkinson from the much acclaimed Montagu Arms Hotel and Chewton Glen’s Luke Matthews.

“We are really proud to be organising and promoting the Lymington Seafood Festival, an event which will hopefully be a feature in the annual foodie calendar but, importantly support the amazing producers and eateries our region has to offer. We are also delighted to be raising money for BLUE and their work to restore the native oyster back to the Solent which will have a long term benefit to both our local fishing and tourism industry.” Said Managing Director Richard Nowell.

There will be live music across the weekend with leading bands and artists playing a mix of soul, blues, ska and rag-time – plus a 12-strong sea shanty band.

To keep updated, the festival website will soon be live www.lymingtonseafoodfestival.co.uk or you can follow all the news on the Facebook and Instagram pages @lymingtonseafoodfestival.