Fun for all the family and delicious food galore at Portavogie Seafood Festival

PORTAVOGIE FESTIVAL RI Farm
ABOVE ‘Pirate’ Jessica MacDonald with Strongman Gareth Quinn, Andy Perry (Trialstar) and Mayor of Ards and North Down Alderman Bill Keery at the launch of the Portavogie Seafood Festival.

THERE will be lots of fun for all the family at this year’s Portavogie Seafood Festival when the popular event returns for a fourth year this Saturday (August 10).

Organised by Ards and North Down Borough Council, food fanatics can expect to taste the best of the port’s fare at a fun-filled, free to attend event where all the family can enjoy food, activities and more.

Award-winning multi Michelin starred chef Jean-Christophe Novelli will pass on his wealth of culinary knowledge during interactive cookery demonstrations; visit the fish market to sample some world famous Portavogie prawns and treat yourself to some culinary delights at the range of artisan food stalls.

Watch on as the winner of last year’s UK Strongest Man Competition, Pa O’Dwyer, takes part in a spectacular trawler pull while new to the event this year is 11-times Ulster Trials Champion Andy Perry. He will head a crew of the best riders in the country as they demonstrate their skills with impressive motorcycle displays.

Live music, children’s activities, a fancy dress competition, a fun fair, motorbike simulators, model boat displays, bouncy castles, a Punch and Judy show and street entertainment that includes a giant octopus and the Underwater Enchantresses will provide entertainment for all ages.

Mayor of Ards and North Down Alderman Bill Keery is looking forward to the festival. He said: “After the resounding success of last year’s seafood festival, I am delighted that we will once again celebrate Portavogie’s rich fishing heritage by showcasing the journey that our seafood makes from ‘deep to dish’.

“There will be lots of freshly prepared, tantalising dishes to taste as well as an array of produce to purchase and bring home.

“The fishing industry contributes greatly to local employment and I am delighted that the council can support it in this way.”

The festival is organised by Ards and North Down Borough Council in partnership with the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA).

n The free event takes place from noon-5pm at Portavogie Harbour. Free buses will be in operation to transport the public to and from the venue. A full timetable and other event information is available from visitardsandnorthdown.com

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