With views across the Solent estuary this boutique event is one of the south’s best kept secrets. Crammed full of delicious seafood, it showcases the region’s best producers, chefs and food businesses with 90% of those attending being from the New Forest, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight that will provide a real taste of the delights the region has to offer.

The three-day festival opens it’s doors on Friday 16th – 18th July see’s almost every type of seafood imaginable. From lobster, scallops, mackerel, crab, monkfish, giant prawns, calamari, sea bream, smoked trout, seafood crepes, dumplings and oysters to name a few. There’s also an international flavour with South American, Caribbean snapper, Thai and Indian, plus a Mauritian twist with former Masterchef finalise Shelina Permalloo with her pop up Lakaz Maman street food.

Bars are stocked with award-winning English sparkling from Hattingley Valley, craft ales, gold medal gins and a rum shack. A 1980’s vintage American school ‘Bootlegger’ bus will also keep everyone refreshed.

For those who prefer a seat and some first-class service, the festival has partnered with Matt Doe, head of SO41 Catering and one of the most talented young chefs in the area to create a pop-up restaurant Bream on the Green with SO41.  

His mouth-watering menu includes charred mackerel, beetroot & apple slaw, there’s cod cheek taco tomato & coriander salsa. Does sea bream ceviche, charred orange, Dorset watercress. An array of desserts, for those with a sweet tooth with perhaps the pick being a double chocolate brownie, vanilla cream, New Forest strawberries.

Reservations can be pre-booked for tables of 4 up to 8 guests. Tables of two can be accommodated, but please get in touch.

There’s great live music on the main stage that’s as eclectic as the festival menu. With a dozen or so bands dropping into Bath Road Park, you’ll be jigging away to folk, soul, ska with Saturday night hosting the UK’s leading Elton John tribute band – Ultimate Elton & The Rocket Band.

New for 2021 is a second ‘Unsigned & Bonkers’ stage with buskers and street performers that include Dan the Hat’s Stupid Stuntman Show and Bruce Airhead who got a ‘yes from Simon’ when he proved Britain’s Do Have Talent! We think everyone needs a big smile after the year we’ve all had!

Each year the festival supports a fantastic local charity and this year it’s the turn of Lymington Sailability who take the less able bodied out onto the Solent.  

Friday and Saturday are split into ‘sessions’, 11am – 3.30pm and 4pm – 8.30pm. With Sunday running from 11am – 6pm. Tickets for the Lymington Seafood Festival are available at www.lymingtonseafoodfestival.co.uk at priced at a friendly £5.00 for adults, U16’s go free.

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