Taste Pembrokeshire Fish Week

That great Pembrokeshire celebration, Pembrokeshire Fish Week, is back and bigger than ever this year. This festival celebrates everything that is good about the area, such as the coastline and beaches, maritime history and the fabulous seafood. This years jamboree runs from the 25th June-3rd July and there are over 250 events taking place.

Nearly 30,000 visitors came last year, and there are many more attractions this year to encourage even bigger crowds. The most exciting is a master class in cooking seafood with five of the top chefs in Britain.

This event is entitled ‘Cook your Catch’ and the chefs have to cook whatever they have caught themselves earlier in the day. Valentine Warner, Mark Hix, Bryn Williams, Anthony Evans and Mitch Tonks are the five brave chefs putting themselves in the firing line. The dishes will be cooked in front of an audience on the 29th June at the Torch Theatre.

The event will be presented by Simon Wright, ‘Champion of Welsh Produce’ for Wales the True Taste awards, owner of Y Polyn restaurant in Carmarthenshire, and former AA Guide editor.

Other new events include a beginners kayaking course, mackerel fishing and fishy bbq at the cabin with TYF Adventure, St Davids. Learn the fundamental skills with the shelter of Porthclais Harbour and then head out with your TYF guide for a gentle paddle along the coast. They’ll share their knowledge and fishing lines to catch mackerel for dinner, returning to St. Davids with the bbq ready to go.

Or why not try a marine day on Newport beach? Enjoy a geology walk with Sid Howells, followed by a Seine netting and rock shore exploration session with the Darwin Centre. There’s also a river walk for youngsters in Solva – a chance to get in close and really find out about river life – and a family-friendly beachcomb at Tenby – both with Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. There are also many other activities on during the week that would make it an ideal UK family holiday.

Tickets for ‘Cook your Catch’ are £17 (£15 concessions) including a glass of wine, courtesy of Celtic Wines. Doors open at 7pm for 7.30pm. Contact the Torch Theatre Box Office on 01646 695267. As part of South Hook’s Community Relations and Investment Programme, this event has been supported by South Hook and all profits will be donated to Pembrokeshire Action to Combat Hardship.