Saturday 12th August 11am-7pm
Sunday 13th August 11am-6pm
Two days of fishy fun, delicious food and drink stalls from local artisan producers. With demonstration kitchens to feed your culinary curiosity, a special area for little ones, plus our live music stage to keep the party going.
The New Forest is blessed with some of finest artisan producers and eateries in the country and the Lymington Seafood Festival is excited to be bringing you some of the best.
We’re working to bring you for over 50 food and drink stalls, all offering something a little different. Meaning you can ‘graze’ your way around, sampling lots of little fishy delights.
Meat eaters, vegetarians and those with a sweet tooth need not panic either as we’ll be making sure everyone is catered for!
The region’s leading chefs will be showing their skills in our demo kitchen and we’ve some great bands already signed up. All set with stunning view across the Solent. What better way to spend the weekend?
Keeping you entertained throughout the festival are a host of great bands and artists, playing music across a range of genres. Check out who’ll be on the stage!
The FB Pocket Orchestra
The Pocket Orchestra performs contemporary slant on popular acoustic music from the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. This trio has a style all of their own, performing in some of the coolest venues across the UK with a mix of blues, ‘rag time’ tunes that’s just perfect to enjoy in the August sunshine.
Zac and the Zeros
Locally based this 60’s Rock n Roll tribute band are a firm favourite in Lymington. They also play pop, soul and motown and are sure to get you up dancing! Join them at 1.45pm on Saturday 12th
This Alt-Folk duo have been playing together since their school days. The duo put an emphasis on energy when playing live, with multiple instruments and filling the sound of a whole band. With a really cool twist on modern folk they are the perfect guys to get feet tapping whilst relaxing with friends with great food and wine.
The Dorset Wrecks
The 12 strong Dorset Wrecks are legendary across the South for their sea shanties so it’s time to pull on your waders ye land lubbers, grab a fisherman’s friend and get back to some traditional music!
The Ed Martin Duo
Born out of a passion to entertain, The Ed Martin Duo was formed in the summer of 2013. They play forgotten gems, putting their own spin on the tunes. From Marvin to Mumford, Will I Am to Womack they’ll be sure to keep your feet tapping through the festival!
We’re delighted to have this super-talented solo-artist joining us for the Festival weekend. With a perfect blend of covers, old and new, and across a wide range of genres, it’s no wonder he’s in demand at leading venues across the south coast. Sit back, fill your glass and enjoy! Find him on Instagram below:
The Blue Tides
Could you get a more perfect name for a seafood festival? The Blue Tides are a seven-piece band who explore the borderline between jazz, rock and reggae. Their sound is a luminous combination of flute, saxes, brass, guitar, bass and drums.
Music that transports you from Paris to the Mississippi Delta, and from Bolivia back to Scotland this 3 piece will keep your toes tapping!
Cooking Up a Storm….
We are really excited about welcoming some of the region’s best chefs who will be in the Fisher & Paykel demonstration kitchen or you can try a Broil King seafood BBQ masterclass with chef, author and broadcaster Richard Fox.
Matthew Tomkinson’s elegant and highly accomplished food has earnt him a Roux Scholarship, as well Michelin stars at the last two establishments he has headed. Utilising the remarkable bounty of the New Forest and Dorset coast, his imaginative menus are widely acclaimed as is the warmth and hospitality in which they are served.
The Wild Cook
Lymington born and bred, Garry’s enthusiasm for the outdoor life and passion for cooking has given him a vast knowledge of seasonal wild produce; where to find it, how to pick it and how to cook it. From fishing and foraging to cooking, Garry is the ‘go to’ expert and now shares his experience and knowledge through his series of Wildcook books.
The Fisherman’s Kitchen
Gary grew up in bournemouth next to the sea – spending summer nights fishing off purbeck and Poole quay. As he started his career as a chef he traveled around the country working in Michelin star establishments from north Wales to Kenmare on the southern Irish coast line. Gary is chef owner at the fisherman’s kitchen in southsea – a restaurant born out of a need to modernise the local fish and chip shop using fresh local and seasonal ingredients to cater for modern day tastes and expectations , combined with the love of great quality fish and chips.
Love Food Roadshow
In the last 7 years Clover has provided over 400 demonstrations to both corporate clients and government campaigns such as “The Change for Life” at a large array of events across the UK. She has extensive experience working as a lead demonstration chef for clients that include the BBC, The Royal Bank of Scotland, Events of Excellence, Love Food Festivals, Leyburn food festival to name a few!
Currently on a 6 month break in the UK following his role as Rick Stein’s Head Chef for the Bannisters Hotel Group in Australia. Bannisters was awarded a chef’s hat, the Australian equivalent of a Michelin star. Having worked with some of the best chefs across Europe including Rick Stein, Pierre Koffmann, Richard Corrigan and Tom Kitchen, Toby brings a wealth of knowledge and passion for seafood that is second to none. We look forward to Toby’s oyster masterclass as well as other seafood dishes!
A trawler man turned award-winning chef, Harbour Hotels’ Chef Patron Alex Aitken has an incomparable passion and respect for seafood; keeping things simple, with dishes that allow the flavour to shine through. Following 25 yrs cooking within the New Forest, including running his own Michelin-starred restaurant, Le Poussin in Brockenhurst, Alex joined the Harbour Hotels Group in 2010 to head up its Jetty restaurant concept. With the flagship Jetty restaurant in Mudeford, Dorset, having established itself as the country’s number one seafood restaurant (recently awarded the coveted title of the ‘UK’s best seafood restaurant’) The Jetty concept now stretches from Devon to Sussex, landing in Southampton this year.
Jennifer is a multi-disciplined chef, wild forager and founder of the successful award winning Hampshire-based Naked Jam.
Jennifer is dedicated to producing unique jams and preserves to the highest quality where flavours of the fruit are the most important ingredient, creating bespoke tastes and blends for renowned 5 Star national hotels and retail establishments such as the Captains Club Hotel Christchurch John Lewis Partnership, Chewton Glen and The Exclusive Hotel group.
As well as being a producer Jennifer is a renound course tutor sharing her knowledge and expertise delivering cookery courses at the above establishments and throughout the UK and abroad. Be it indoors or out on wild food foraging tours in and around the UK
Having spent many years working and training in a variety of different, leading establishments including country parks, hotels, and restaurants in Lymington and along the south coast, Christian now shares his passion through private dining and cooking courses for food lovers wanting a different, more intimate experience.
Talk Eat Laugh
After qualifying as a chef and working at a number of leading hotel kitchens, she answered her true calling in the 90’s and set up Talk Eat Laugh, luxury catering company that is all about ‘experience’. Her secret sister company Discreet & Delicious, provides ultra-discreet, private chefs for individuals who chose to have the very best fresh, healthy, food served to them in their own homes.
Coral Bay Seafoods
Dan from locally based Coral Bay Seafoods will be sharing his extensive knowledge of all things fishy and giving a masterclass on fish filleting and preparation. You can also find him every Saturday at the Lymington Charter Market.
Executive Head Chef
Luke Matthews has been Executive Head Chef since 2003. Regional ingredients, inspiring new flavours, and a focus on sublime, contemporary cuisine is the order of the day at Chewton Glen. Luke makes regular appearances at cookery demonstrations and exhibitions and has also appeared on the BBC’s popular ‘Saturday Kitchen” with his good friend and former Chewton Glen colleague, James Martin.
Stanwell House Hotel
Matt brings with over ten years’ experience as an Executive Chef, he started his training in several Michelin starred country house hotels and used this grounding to travel extensively and further his culinary knowledge he has experience around the world working in first class kitchens in Australia, New Zealand and Vietnam.
The Oyster Lady
Katy Davidson is an oyster evangelist, better known as The Oyster Lady. Her passion for the oyster has seen her converting thousands of oyster doubters to oyster lovers at festivals and events around the world. She skilfully blends gastronomic joy, with humour, ethics and sustainability, to bring you all that the eco-hero oyster has to share.
She has curated and headlined oyster-specific tastings, masterclasses, catering, festivals and events and is currently putting together an oyster celebration for the capital with the inaugural London Oyster Week; a city-wide celebration of oysters at various venues that will raise funds for oyster education and restoration efforts. Her Oyster Academy teaches hands-on skills and oyster culture in a similar way to the culture of wine.
She has also recently signed to Emily Sweet Associates to write her first book, an oysters-only recipe compendium.
He has headed up many prestigious kitchen brigades achieving 2AA rosettes and being Michelin recommended for the last 10 years most recently at the time Rhinefield House Hotel, Lord March on the Goodwood Estate, Bournemouth Highcliff Marriott Hotel, Highcliff Grill, Executive Chef at the Hilton Bournemouth and the Schpoons & Forx and currently heading up the team at Stanwell House.
Matt’s passion is for simple, modern British cuisine using the best produce sourced from produce from local farmers and fishermen. He can be seen demonstrating at local food festivals all over the south coast showcasing the amazing products that our county has to offer.
Chocolate by Miss Witt
One of the most exciting pastry chefs in the south, Chocolate by Miss Witt continues to scoop awards for her innovative and daring creations. Having worked with Alex Aitken at his Michelin star restaurant ‘Le Poussin’ and at the Bluebird, Chelsea, she started out on her own in 2012. Creating award winning delights such as blackcurrant & star anise or orange marmalade & Glenfiddich Whisky with chocolate. Can seafood and chocolate really work together? Miss Witt may have the answer!
Chef, Author, Broadcaster
Richard Fox is an award winning writer, cook book author and chef presenter. Writing credits include two published books, The BBC Good Food Magazine, The Daily Mail, Channel 4, Easy Jet in-flight magazine, and many more international and UK publications. Join Richard at one of the Broil King Masterclass sessions running throughout the day and cook along with this exhuberent barbecue chef. These sessions are fun, informative and inspiring- and you’ll be sure to have something very tasty to eat at the end!