Bridlington Seafood Festival selected for REYTA award

Organisers of the Great Bridlington Seafood Festival are celebrating after being selected to go forward in the Remarkable East Yorkshire Tourism Awards 2016 (REYTAs).

The annual awards celebrate the very best of Hull and East Yorkshire’s tourism industry, recognising the quality of the visitor experience and the contribution made to the area’s economy.

The Great Bridlington Seafood Festival is one of just six events to be shortlisted in the Remarkable Small Tourism Event Category.  The festival was launched in 2015 to showcase Bridlington’s seafood industry and celebrate the town’s rich maritime heritage.

Councillor Jane Evison, portfolio holder for economy, investment and inequalities at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “For a fledgling event, about to embark on its second year of operation, being shortlisted for a REYTA is a fabulous accolade to boast.

“The 2015 festival provided yet another fantastic reason for families to visit and explore the resort of Bridlington.  The 2016 festival is set to be even bigger and better and will take place over the whole weekend from Saturday, 9 until Sunday, 10 July.”

Initially funded as a pilot by East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s High Street Fund and the Holderness Coast Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG), this one day festival proved to be hugely popular attracting 15,000 visitors.

Preparations are already underway for the 2016 festival and in direct response to visitor feedback will now take place over two days on 9 and 10 July 2016. Visitors to this year’s event can again look forward to a jam packed programme of free family entertainment.  There will be a fully licensed bar and restaurant (serving local catch specials) throughout the day (RAGS Hotel & Restaurant), live local bands and theatrical performances late into the evening including a firework finale, live seafood cooking demonstrations throughout the day from a host of local professional chefs headed by the Nigel Brown Catering School, dedicated children’s activities, local trader stalls offering seafood, artwork, local wine and maritime-related kiosks such as Coastguard, lifeboat, Keel and Coble preservation and Fishermans Mission.

For 2016 festival goers can expect bigger and better – with more stalls, master class opportunities, a lifeboat rescue demonstration and more seafood.

Find out more about the festival at http://www.bridlingtonseafoodfestival.co.uk/

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