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Lymington Seafood Festival puts New Forest on the UK food map

The picturesque New Forest market town of Lymington is holding its seafood festival on August 10 and 11 2019, and top chef Matthew Whitfield will be joining the region’s leading chefs as they show off their skills in the festival kitchens.

Matt, who is head chef at the award-winning Terrace restaurant at The Montagu Arms Hotel in Beaulieu, will be cooking and serving a delicious grilled lemon sole with sea shore vegetables and crème fraiche.

On his stand they will be serving crispy sardine in ciabatta with sea purslane along with wine to complement the sardines.

Matthew joined the Terrace restaurant fresh from the three-Michelin-Star Eleven Madison Park in New York – currently ranked fourth in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list.

The famed EMP has been in the top five of the world’s restaurants since 2016 and was the first American restaurant in 14 years to be named best restaurant in the world in 2017.

Matthew Whitfield, who worked at EMP under renowned chef Daniel Humm, has previously, worked for a succession of Michelin-starred restaurants, including the two-star Sea Grill in Belgium and the one-star Driftwood restaurant in Cornwall, where he was head chef.

The New Forest is home to some of the finest artisan food producers, chefs and restaurants in the country, and the Lymington Seafood Festival features some of the best at a range of stalls and two special demonstration kitchens.

The historic Georgian market town of Lymington hosts its annual seafood festival on the 10th and 11th August 2019. The two-day event, held at Bath Road Park with glorious sea views, is free entry and will features some of the region’s most exciting chefs, restaurants and artisan producers as well as raising money for charity, this year supporting the Lymington RNLI.

The festival is a celebration of Lymington and the New Forest’s rich cultural heritage, local produce and links to the sea, and will be set against the backdrop of the Lymington Marina’s and estuary.

The region’s leading chefs will be showing their skills in the demo kitchen. Led Alex Aitken from the Jetty, he will be joined by 2016 Masterchef winner Jane Devonshire and Chewton Glen’s Luke Matthews.

The festival also plays host to an exciting array of over 90 food producers and pop-up restaurants across the weekend and aims to cover as many seafood delicacies as possible, from scallops to clams, crab to mackerel and much more.

All of which, can be washed down with a glass of Exton Park Vineyards award winning English sparkling, a pint of festival ale courtesy of Ringwood Brewery or local gin from Conker Spirit. There is also live music.

Lymington has long been associated with the sea. Over the centuries the town has been a busy port with a leading shipbuilding industry, a principal manufacturer and exporter of salt and thanks to its daily double tide, the river provided oysters and fishing for generations. More well known these days as a major yachting centre with succession of sailing Olympians, the town’s fishing and seafood heritage is now celebrated again with the Lymington Seafood Festival.

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