Press Release: June 23, 2011
SEAFEST – ARBROATH’S SHOP WINDOW!
Every year since 1997, Arbroath Sea Fest has been showcasing Arbroath’s talented people, delicious food and produce and top-quality seafood to the 30,000 visitors the two-day event attracts to the town. This year’s Sea Fest, which takes place on August 13/14, will continue with this tradition and the organisers are keen to hear from local businesses and organisations who would like to participate, either by taking a stall, providing entertainment or adding their own dash of flavour to the fun-filled event.
“The Sea Fest cookery demonstrations are always very popular,” said Eleanor Whitby of Red Pepper Events, Event Director of Arbroath Sea Fest. “Demonstrations take place from lunchtime onwards on Saturday and Sunday and offer chefs from across Angus and Dundee the chance to show off their cooking skills.”
The high quality, local ingredients which feature highly in these cookery demonstrations are one of many reasons people visit Sea Fest and several local produce suppliers have already booked stalls at this year’s Sea Fest, including Iain Spink with his traditional, freshly-cooked Arbroath Smokies and Angus Quality Fish, who sell fresh fish and seafood via a door-to-door service throughout Angus and also at local farmer’s markets. “At Sea Fest, we focus on cooked seafood which visitors can sample there and then,” said Sharon Teviotdale of Angus Quality Fish. “This year, our stall will feature hot-smoked salmon, dressed crabs, lobsters, prawn cocktail, Arbroath Smokies, oysters – and even that largely-ignored local delicacy, whelks.
“This is our third time at Sea Fest,” continued Sharon. “Having a stall at Sea Fest is a great way of telling people who we are and what we do, which, in turn, boosts sales.”
There’s always an excellent variety of entertainment at Sea Fest and, so far, several local organisations have signed up to perform during Sea Fest, including Arbroath Instrumental Band, Angus Folk Group and Thomson Leng Productions. In addition, throughout the weekend, a swashbuckling band of pirates will be reminding everyone that visitors to the town were not always so warmly welcomed…
“Arboath’s pirate links go back to medieval days,” said Bill Smith of Arbroath Abbey Timethemes. “According to legend, Ralph The Rover cut the original bell from the Bell Rock so he could salvage the cargos of the ships that would then be smashed against the deadly reef and there are historical accounts of a pirate attack on Arbroath.”
In recognition of Arbroath’s buccaneer past – and courtesy of Arbroath Abbey Timethemes – Ralph The Rover and a few equally-dastardly pirates will be sharing their stories with Sea Fest visitors on Saturday, August 13. Then, on Sunday, August 14, there will be a re-enactment of the story of the Bell Rock, with Ralph The Rover in the starring role.
Arbroath Harbour is part of Councillor Donald Morrison’s ward. “Every year, Sea Fest benefits many local businesses, including pubs, restaurants, fish merchants and guest houses,” said Cllr Morrisson. “At a time when people are increasingly holidaying at home, Sea Fest is an excellent way of encouraging people across the United Kingdom to discover for themselves how much there is to do and see in Arbroath.
“Thanks to the Year of the Light, Arbroath has gained national and international recognition over the last few months and hopefully Sea Fest 2011 will help to boost Arbroath’s share of the limelight even further.”