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 - Credit: Archant

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.

Street entertainment at a previous festival

Street entertainment at a previous festival - Credit: Archant

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.

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

Chefs Nick Samujlik and Andreas Yiasimi at the crab and lobster cookery theatre - Credit: Archant

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.

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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.

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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.

'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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