Bumper attendance at Menai Seafood Festival


Geraint Jones

THOUSANDS of people came to Menai Bridge at the weekend for the town’s annual seafood festival.

Menai Seafood Festival, which at the weekend attracted around 25,000 people from across the UK, aims to increase awareness of the products caught in the Menai Strait.

David Evans, owner of Dylan’s Restaurant and festival chairman, said: “We are delighted by the success of the event again this year, and the number of visitors who came despite the showers shows that there is a real appetite for local seafood.”

As well as seafood and other produce stalls, there was a range of activities, ranging from seashore safaris for kids, to cooking demos, marine science laboratory displays and exhibitions, and a pop-up art and craft gallery.

The day was brought to a an end with a procession of jellyfish lanterns created by children from schools in the area and a fireworks display over the Strait.

Mr Evans added: “We had very positive feedback from the stallholders with traders like Anglesey fisherman Maurice Strawson selling out of lobsters by midday.

"Swain's butchers sold over 3500 pies and Cwt Caws told us they had their busiest day of trading in 14 years.

“We at Dylan's sold 400 kilos of mussels and sold out of our crab cakes. This shows what a massive boost the festival gives to local businesses."

The sell out Festival Concert on Friday night featuring Catrin Finch, Casi Wyn and Bangor Uni'versity's string quartet, Côr y Traeth and Chris Jones was also a big success.

The cooking masterclasses scheduled for the Sunday were, however, cancelled.

Mr Evans added that organisers were considering extending the festival to Sunday next year. 

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