The outstanding larder of the North Sea’ is set to be showcased in a new seafood festival in Peterhead harbour next month.

SeaFest Peterhead treasurer Linda Hendry with Jimmy Buchan, managing director of Amity Fish Company and chairman of SeaFest Peterhead.

Organisers say that SeaFest Peterhead, taking place on Saturday, 9 September from 11am to 4pm, ‘will ‘shellebrate’ the bounty of the sea at this ‘fin-tastic’ extravaganza which will highlight the rich fishing heritage of Peterhead, Europe’s largest white fishing port’.

The family-friendly event will feature a seafood market showcasing some of the finest produce of the region, while live cooking demonstrations will see top local chefs ‘cook up a storm with local seafood’.

Educational exhibits will offer insights into the sustainable fishing practices employed by local fishermen and responsible seafood consumption, as well as celebrating the area’s strong fishing heritage.

The festival will also feature a range of food and beverage stalls displaying artisan products from local producers, and entertainment and children’s activities aiming to ‘inspire their interest in seafood, fishing and marine conservation’.

The event is being delivered by businesses and groups within Peterhead and beyond. Jimmy Buchan, managing director of local firm Amity Fish Company and chairman of the SeaFest Peterhead steering group, said: “Our seafood is renowned worldwide, and having SeaFest Peterhead on the quayside of Peterhead harbour is an opportunity to showcase what we do from sea to plate.

“SeaFest will put a spotlight on every element of the sector from the fishermen fishing to processing, supply chain and hospitality. It will highlight the skills and passion that has made Peterhead famous for its fish.

“The longer-term view is that SeaFest will become an annual event that showcases our longstanding heritage, while inspiring the children of today to get involved in the industry and understand the future of this sustainable food chain.”

Local businesses or community groups with links to the fishing community wishing to get involved should email:

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