This weekend sees the return of Salcombe Crabfest after two years away, with a street market, chef demonstrations and entertainment for the whole family.
Held this bank holiday weekend, Sunday, 1 May, Salcombe Crabfest will see visitors to Salcombe enjoy everything ‘crab’ in aid of Cancer Research UK.
More than 100 exhibitors will come to the South Hams’ town, bringing with them an amazing range of food and drink. Browse the street market in the Creek car park and on Island Street, where you can pick up something delicious for lunch, and some freshly-landed shellfish for dinner too!
There will also be some familiar faces, as the chef’s demo tent will be compèred by BBC Radio Devon’s David Fitzgerald, and will feature nationally acclaimed chefs, including BBC1’s Saturday Kitchen regulars Freddy Bird (littlefrench) and Jane Baxter (Wild Artichokes). They will share their culinary skills and tips on creating the best crab dishes. See them create sumptuous meals before your eyes – and there will even be the opportunity to sample their work.
Salcombe Crabfest will keep all the family entertained too, with sponsor Coast and Country Cottages offering a host of free activities for children on Island Street. There will also be street entertainers and live music across the town throughout the day, including Benny Guitar Carr, Eleanor Jacobs and the sea shanty crew ‘Old Gaffers’.
Don’t forget to head to Normandy Pontoon, where local fisherman Jon Dornom will be welcoming people aboard his crabber Tenacious. Take a look in the fish tanks, admire the equipment on the boat, and learn more about Salcombe’s thriving fishing industry.
There will be a dedicated Park and Ride service running for the day, from the car park on the Salcombe Road (A381).
Since it began, Salcombe Crabfest has raised more than £40,000 for good causes and this year all the money collected will be going to Cancer Research UK.
All photos credit Norsworthy Photography