Looe festival of the sea

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Festival of the Sea 2012 is upon us and follows on from the highly successful Looe Festival of Food and Drink last June.

Once again TASTE South East Cornwall are organising the ever popular Festival of the Sea event this Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th July and it promises to be another cracking event.

Local restaurants, cafes and eateries from in and around Looe will be offering various dishes to visitors from their stalls along the historic East Looe quay.

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Taste member and local Councillor Edwina Hannaford said,

“Looe is renowned for the finest quality local produce and award winning restaurants. This Festival is a fantastic opportunity to showcase our wealth of culinary expertise and our considerable links to the sea.”

Looe festival of the sea – What to expect

This year there will be twenty strong stalls for you to peruse and try different foods from.

Beginning at Pengellys with a fish BBQ, the stalls will meander through the Looe boat sheds and along the East Looe quayside. Here’s a quick listing of what I know so far:

  • Delicious crab and lobster from Nippers Shellfish.
  • The vegetarian Tree Top Café from the Monkey Sanctuary.
  • The newly launched Saucy Spice Company.
  • A noodles stall.
  • A hog roast stall.
  • The Blue Plate at Downderry.
  • The Old Sail Loft who will be doing their hugely popular fish cakes and seafood cocktail plus their Sail Loft Mess… meringue, cream, strawberries.
  • Simply Fish will be serving up their mixed fish goujons and paella.
  • Treleavens will be serving white chocolate ice cream and a cassis sauce.
  • Trawlers, Barclay House Hotel & Restaurant and The Plough at Duloe will be serving up a mouth-watering seafood biriyani and passion fruit donuts. Not together of course 😉

Looe festival of the sea – Other attractions

Shops, delis and cafes

Obviously the shops, bakeries and cafes in the town will all participate from their own premises offering everything from Hungarian crepes to curried pasties.

Music and dance

There is always a great atmosphere on the quayside during the festival and the music and dancing from local groups and artists will ensure a party feeling pervades the whole of Looe.


The Looe Voluntary Marine Conservation Society will be on hand to guide visitors around and make sure you don’t miss a trick. Just ask them for help if you need it.

Other FOTS weekend highlights

The Great Cornish Raft Race is on Sunday and is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Fifty percent of the participants won’t even make the half way mark and watching the ensuing battles wet and watery battles is always a giggle. More details about this to follow this week.

The Looe Life Boat Station will be open for you to have a look around and experience the RNLI’s lifeboat simulator. Talk to the crews to get a real feeling of what they can expect on a day to day basis.

Looe Raft Race 2011

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