East Devon Events: Exmouth Mussel Festival

PUBLISHED: 07:00 01 October 2016 | UPDATED: 08:58 03 October 2016

Chef Kathy Evans giving a cooking demostration at the Mussels Festival. Ref exe 39-16TI 8464. Picture: Terry Ife

Chef Kathy Evans giving a cooking demostration at the Mussels Festival. Ref exe 39-16TI 8464. Picture: Terry Ife

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Exmouth played host to the Spirit of the Exe: Exmouth Mussel Festival last weekend.

People turned out to see a range of stalls and events on the seafront to celebrate Exmouth’s mussel heritage.

Live cooking demonstrations from regional chefs, including mussel dishes, roasted monk fish tails and sag aloo, occurred throughout the event.

Sue Stoneham, South West Chef of the Year finalist, dished up her moules marinière using local ale and home-cooked bread.

Chris Holland, an outdoor teacher and guidebook author, led a foraging expedition which saw collected food transformed into dishes.

Festivalgoers were also taught how to construct a lobster pot by David French, whose family of fisherman from Budleigh Salterton have been making traditional baskets for more than five generations.

Sand sculptor Mark Anderson was also on hand to provide expert tips in his field.

The Exmouth Shanty Men, AJ’s Caravan Band and jazz trio Proper Gander, along with others, showcased their talents on the music stage.


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