On our last day in Weymouth, we were very lucky to catch the start of Dorset Seafood Festival which was hosted right next door to our flat in the heart of Weymouth Harbour. With free entry and over 40 stalls to explore, it would have been rude not to stop by and drool all over the stalls. With a beautiful setting like this, you can’t do a Food Festival wrong. Entry is free, the harbour becomes a pedestrian only zone and it’s full of different vendors – Seafood, Veggie, Meaty, Cheesy, Sweet and Bite-size and SO MUCH Fresh Produce. There are also few seated areas sponsored by Pommery Champagne, so if you ever get tired or thirsty you can stop by for some people watching.
I really think that Dorset is a food obsessed county. They love cooking, they love producing, they love presenting and they definitely love sharing it. I wanted to buy everything I saw and I made sure I try as much as there is to try. If I ever do go back to Weymouth, I’ll make sure it’s around the same time as this festival.
One of the first stalls we passed was obviously a fresh Seafood stall, just look at these beautiful Lobsters and fresh Shrimp.
Followed by these whole Crabs. Fascinating.
This is the beginning of something beautiful – Seafood Jambalaya:
And I was blown away by these fist-sized garlic heads. They come from The Garlic Farm based on the Isle of Wight, which you can visit and even book your overnight stay (cute cows included) , more info here.
I am Condiment obsessed/possessed and so are these guys (once again, all of this comes from The Garlic Farm):
Freshly caught Oysters. Opened and prepared right in front of you (does it get any better than this?!)
And I am very very gutted that we couldn’t stay for any of the demonstrations or talks.
Langoustines are big right now, and these look very appetising:
I think all Fish & Chips should be served liked this:
And my personal favourite – whole Octopus. I had to stop and stare. Twice.
Between us we tried a few Cheeses from different stalls, Olives, Meats, Brownies and left the festival with some goodies. Emma bought ALL the Award Winning Tarts and Brownies and I picked up some delicious Spicy Olives. The atmosphere at the Festival is incredible, people in Weymouth are very friendly and no one judged me for taking all the pictures but not buying any stuff. All merchants were talkative and offering deals and discounts and their cards.
Extra bonus: every other person in Weymouth owns a dog, so you get to hang out with furry friends as well as eat some fantastic food.
To find out more about Dorset Seafood Festival use this link: http://www.dorsetseafood.co.uk