Festival of the Sea returns

Festival of the Sea returns.

The annual Festival Sea is taking place in Looe, Cornwall this weekend. The event celebrates the town's maritime heritage as well as its food and fishing industry. Staff from Looe's restaurants and cafe's will be manning stalls offering local dishes to visitors as they make their way along the historic Quayside.

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.

– Cllr Edwina Hannaford

The entertainment will include music and dancing from local groups and artists, and the Great Cornish Raft Race on Sunday, organised by Looe Boat Owners Association. Participants take to the water on home made rafts, with many struggling to make the half way mark.

There will also be the opportunity to walk around the Life Boat Station, experience the RNLI's lifeboat simulator and talk to the crews.

Looe remains a thriving fishing community, and several fish dealers operate from the docks of East Looe. It has a fleet of small fishing boats returning their catch to the port daily, which is auctioned at the town's fish market. Fish caught locally includes Dover sole, monkfish and pollack. It is sold to restaurants in Cornwall and across the UK.