Marine City Festival Plymouth starts nine-day run with official launch
THE MARINE City Festival is off to a flying start following its official launch.
Nine days of maritime fun will be taking over the city from today in venues including; the Barbican, Royal William Yard, Sutton Harbour and the Hoe.
Thousands are expected to attend the inaugural event expected to highlight, both nationally and internationally, Plymouth's standing as a leading European marine city for research, leisure, heritage and food.
Speaking from the launch yesterday, Council Leader Tudor Evans said the festival was going to be "massive".
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"This is going to be massive as a showcase of the best of Plymouth.
"It is a reminder for the local community what we have on our doorstep and it's a reminder for the rest of the UK and the whole world what Plymouth is all about.
"I'm excited about absolutely everything. If you are a visitor, a resident or you have never been here before there will be something for you here. There's opportunity if you want to do business or if you like to eat well – there's something for everyone at this festival."
Next weekend will see marine science and seafood come together for the Plymouth Seafood Festival and STEM Fest Family Weekend on Saturday September 15-16 in the Barbican and in the Aquarium Plaza.
David Parlby, chief executive of Plymouth Chamber of Commerce, said: "It's a festival designed to showcase Plymouth as a leading marine city. Just the fact of having a festival will entice people to come out and spend money. At the business expo we are having 60 different businesses here to show Plymouth is a great place to do business. My call to people is even if you can't come for the whole day, just come for an hour or so just to check out what we have here. Pop in and have a look around."
The event was starting today from 1pm with a parade accompanied by samba bands. Youngsters are invited to go along to the Barbican early to get dressed up for the occasion.
During the festival, the Tanner brothers will be demonstrating cooking with fish and other seafood.
Chris said: "The most important thing is that we are celebrating what produce we have on our doorstep and reminding people where we are in Plymouth and what we do. We will be showing people how to cook with seafood – the key thing being keeping it simple."
With a focus on the produce from our own waters, visitors will have the opportunity to watch fish landed next weekend followed by a species identification workshop.
Ben Squires, of Plymouth Boat Trips and the Boathouse Cafe, said: "People don't know how amazing the species of fish and the produce we have is. There's sea bass just two miles off the Sound; we have some really wonderful fishing here but people don't know it. We will be sending our boats out and landing a day's catch from 12pm on September 15 and 16 so people can come and see for themselves."
Mr Evans added: "The partners that have come together to organise this – my hat comes off to them. They have been brilliant."
For coverage of the festival, visit www.tinyurl.com/mcfplym.