Fish theme planned for Weston super Food Festival

PUBLISHED: 13:34 04 June 2015 | UPDATED: 13:34 04 June 2015

Weston super Food Festival.

Weston super Food Festival.

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A FOOD festival will have a fishy theme this year, thanks to support from its new sponsor.

The Mercury reported earlier this year how the Weston super Food Festival was under threat after it had lost around £3,000 of its funding.

This was due to the Business Improvement District (BID) team being left out of pocket by businesses not paying their rates.

But Marks & Spencer has now agreed to sponsor this year’s event, which will take place on September 26 and 27.

The national store is working closely with the Marine Conservation Society and the festival will be supporting its Forever Fish campaign.

The campaign aims to protect sealife and beaches by encouraging fishing from sustainable sources and asking customers to eat lesser-known and British species.

During the festival, Weston College will host a fish-filleting demonstration and show people how to cook lesser-known varieties.

Children will be able to take part in a marine conservation poetry competition, and there will be other themed activities in the dedicated Kids Food Fun area.

Kipperland will return to this year’s festival, where Mike Smylie will prepare kippers in his smokery, while the Cockle Man will be selling fresh fish and shellfish from the Dorset coast.

While at the festival, visitors will be able to pick up a free copy of the Marine Conservation Society’s sustainable fish guide to learn which fish to buy and cook.

There will also be wine and beer-tasting sessions, talks and films, as well as 
the usual indoor and outdoor food markets.

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