Cromer and Sheringham set to cook up a taste of their seafood heritage at crab and lobster festival this weekend.

Alfie Hannent enjoying last year's crab and lobster festival fun. 
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY Alfie Hannent enjoying last year's crab and lobster festival fun. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
8:49 AM

Family fun, salty songs and finger-licking food are hauled ashore at Cromer and Sheringham this weekend as the towns celebrate their rich fishing heritage.

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Street entertainment at a previous festivalStreet entertainment at a previous festival

The fifth crab and lobster festival serves up the ingredients for a family day out themed on the crustaceans embedded in the towns’ maritime heritage.

It opens with a concert combining comedy and folk music at Cromer Pier Pavilion on Friday.

It is hosted by Olly Day and features the Sheringham Shantymen, French shanty group La Grosse Erreur and musical comedian Nigel “Boy” Syer.

The weekend programme promises a feast of superb seafood, scintillating entertainment, seafaring crafts, music, comedy, film, food and craft stalls, seafood competitions and a new seafood paella night.

Chefs Nick Samujlik and Andreas Yiasimi at the crab and lobster cookery theatreChefs Nick Samujlik and Andreas Yiasimi at the crab and lobster cookery theatre

In 2013 an estimated 20,000 people enjoyed the festival weekend, while thousands more took part in the lifebuoy art trail helping achieve the aim of extending the local tourist season.

Since 2010 the festival has also raised more than £29,000 for local charities.

The action is at Cromer on Saturday and in Sheringham on Sunday.

Festival chairman Tony Shipp said “I am looking forward to another enjoyable weekend in both the towns.

Festival timings

FRIDAY

Opening concert, Cromer Pier Pavilion, 7.30pm. Tickets £7.50 from pier box office 01263 512495

SATURDAY

Cromer activities at Evington Lawns

11am-4pm – festival cookery theatre

11am, 1pm, 3pm – Punch and Judy

11am-4pm – lobster pot making, fishing crafts, crab dressing RNLI

Henry Blogg Museum

10am-4pm – make your own crab puppet. Free

Cromer Museum

1-4pm – family event with craft and step dancing demonstrations. Entry charge.

6-9pm – museums at night events including mini ghost walks, magic lantern show and Victorian-inspired crafts. Free

Festival marquee

7-10.30pm – seafood paella night. Paella £6.

SUNDAY

Sheringham events

Seaward end of High Street and Lifeboat Plain

11am-4pm – cookery theatre (pictured)

11am, 1pm, 3pm – Punch and Judy

11am-4pm – Pot-making, fishing crafts, crab dressing

Sheringham Museum, The Mo

12-5pm – hourly gansey tours and have a go knitting. Free

Lighthouse Baptist Church

6pm – festival celebration service

ONGOING FESTIVAL EVENTS

Bootiful art trail – 70 decorated boats across the

two towns (pictured) – and Scrumptious seafood

trail

Leaflets for both available in local tourist information centres and at most trail locations.

The auction of Bootiful Boats will take place at Cromer Pier on Sunday August 24, along with the world pier crabbing championships (pictured below).

For more information and to view the full programme of events visit the festival website www.crabandlobsterfestival.co.uk or call 07775 337201.

“Each has a distinctly different venue. In Cromer Evington Lawns will host the stalls, cookery theatre, heritage marquee, food and entertainment, whilst in Sheringham these will fill the narrow streets at the seaward end of the town.”

During cookery demonstrations audiences will be shown how to make the most of local seafood.

Organiser Nick Samujlik said: “The demonstrations this year will be offer a mix of traditional, oriental and educational demos that will have your mouth watering and your taste buds tingling”.

In Cromer this will be hosted in a marquee on Evington Lawns alongside a bar from Woodforde’s.

There are also demonstrations from local fishermen on the art of net braiding and pot making as well as a mobile aquarium.

Committee member and local fisherman John Davies said: “Fishing is an important part of the two towns’ heritage and visitors will be able to witness at first hand these traditional crafts and take a look at how the fishermen construct the traditional wooden crab pots as well as parlour pots.”

Throughout the weekend there will be crab dressing demonstrations as well as the chance to have-a-go yourself and take part in crab dressing competitions hosted by Julie Davies.

Alongside the main attractions will be an array of activities for children to enjoy and street entertainment for the whole family from Punch and Judy to Razz the Clown.

Local museums will be offering a host of events from, ‘Fishermen’s step dancing performances’ at Cromer Museum to ‘Make your own Crab Puppets’ at the RNLI Henry Blogg Museum in Cromer.

On the evening of Saturday May 17, the Festival will be hosting its first ever seafood paella evening in the Festival marquee in Cromer together with live music and a bar.

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