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Lymington Seafood

Muddy says: Brush up your wannabe-Michelin skills with demos from The New Forest’s finest chefs then stumble-sway gently to live jazz, folk, and a sea shanty or two. Be there or be a fruit de mer!

A platter of seafood: mussels, prawns, lobster, oyster and lemon.

When it comes to food, Lymington is the promised land. Sandwiched between The New Forest and the Solent, it’s the original home of surf n’turf before Wetherspoons et al grubbed the phrase with their deep-freeze, bread-crumb hands. Enough of that. Step forward the Lymington Seafood Festival: a chance to graze your way through local fishy delights, langoustine, mackerel, lobster mac and cheese.

Brush up your wannabe-Michelin skills with demos from The New Forest’s finest chefs; visit The Fizz Tin (love that name); sample locally distilled Dancing Cows gin then stumble-sway gently to live jazz, folk, ska and a sea shanty or two.  Time to dig-out your halo as well because the whole weekend is not-for-profit, raising money for Blue Marine Foundation’s Solent Oyster Restoration Project (go on, say that after a glass or two of Hambledon sparkling).

For the first year, the ‘not for profit’ festival will be partnering with the Blue Marine Foundation (BLUE) to support its Solent Oyster Restoration Project. BLUE, the UK-based marine conservation charity is aiming to raise £250,000 to restore the native oyster to the Solent. The restoration of the native oyster will provide wide-ranging ecological and social benefits for the region over the long-term by helping to improve water quality, foster valuable habitats and re-establish an important strand of the economy on the South Coast.


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