The Crab & Lobster Festival is on its way! – Nip along to north Norfolk

Just Regional
May 14, 2013 6 mins read

This weekend Cromer and Sheringham will host the fourth Crab & Lobster Festival with a host of fun, free and seaside-themed events for all the family to enjoy.

With over 40 events this year’s Festival offers plenty to do across the weekend. The Festival will kick off with an Opening Concert on Friday 17 May at Cromer Pavilion Theatre with a night of seaside fun, folk and comedy. Hosted by Olly Day and featuring the Sheringham Shantymen, internationally acclaimed singer John Conolly and entertainment by the fabulous Nigel ‘Boy’ Sayer, it will be a night to really start the Festival in style. Tickets are only £5 each and are available from the box office on 01263 512495.


The Festival weekend continues in Cromer on Saturday 18 May and in Sheringham on Sunday 19 May with a programme which promises a feast of superb seafood, scintillating street entertainment, music, comedy, film, seafood competitions and the return of the Festival’s World Pier Crabbing Championships.


Festival chairman Tony Shipp said “I am looking forward to another enjoyable weekend in both the towns. Each has a distinctly different venue. In Cromer Evington Lawns will host the stalls, cookery theatre, heritage marquee, food and entertainment, whilst in Sheringham these will fill the narrow streets at the seaward end of the town. I would like to welcome you all in advance to the 4th Cromer and Sheringham Crab & Lobster Festival.”


This year’s Festival will host a range of events centred on our fabulous local seafood and seafaring heritage. Central to this will be cookery demonstrations by local and not-so-local chefs in the cookery theatre. Audiences will be shown how to make the most of our local, scrumptious seafood across the two days. Organiser Nick Samujlik said “the demonstrations this year will be offer a mix of traditional, oriental and educational demos that will have your mouth watering and your taste buds tingling”. In Cromer this will be hosted in a marquee on Evington Lawns alongside a bar from Woodforde’s which will be stocking the Crab & Lobster Festival ale.

Cromer – Saturday 18 May

11am Elliot Bloomfield (The Rocket House Cafe) & John Lee – Cromer Lobster Ravioli

11.45am Alex Mackay – Fried Lobster with mushy peas and sunblushed tomato ketchup & Curried Lobster with mango salad and crunchy chickpeas

12.30pm Gary Hooper (Tesco Fish Specialist) – Fish filleting masterclass

1pm Alex Mackay – A 10 minute lunch

1.15pm Julie Davies (Davies Fish Shop) – Crab Dressing masterclass

2pm Vivi and Harley (The Rocket House Cafe) – Crab Spring Rolls with sweet chilli sauce

2.45pm Andreas Yiasimi (The Constantia)

3.15pm Alex Mackay – A 10 minute dinner

3.30pm Sean O’Callaghan (The Cliftonville Hotel) – Baked Thai Crab on a seafood noodle salad


Sheringham – Sunday 19 May

11am Nathan Boon (The White Horse, Overstand)

11.45am Alex Mackay – Fried Lobster with mushy peas and sunblushed tomato ketchup & Curried Lobster with mango salad and crunchy chickpeas

12.30pm Gary Hooper (Tesco Fish specialist) – Fish filleting masterclass

1pm Alex Mackay – A 10 minute lunch

1.15pm Andreas Yiasimi (The Constantia)

2pm Julie Davies (Davies Fish Shop) – Crab Dressing masterclass

2.45pm Kirsty Lees (The Lobster)

3.15pm Alex Mackay – A 10 minute dinner

3.30pm Ben Mutton (Marmalades)


Accompanying the cookery theatre will be a host of demonstrations from local fishermen on the art of net braiding and pot making as well as live music from John Conolly. Committee member and local fisherman John Davies said “Fishing is an important part of the two towns’ heritage and visitors will be able to witness at first hand these traditional crafts and take a look at how the fishermen construct the traditional wooden crab pots as well as parlour pots.”


Throughout the weekend there will be Crab Dressing demonstrations as well as the chance to have-a-go yourself and take part in crab dressing competitions hosted by Julie Davies.


To accompany this Festival Chairman Tony Shipp will be hosting the fourth annual World Pier Crabbing Championships on Cromer Pier on Saturday and is looking forward to lots of entries again this year. A number of changes have been made to the competition this year, the main one being that there will only be one 3 hour session starting at 11am and only hand lines may be used. Competitors can enter on the day and join in at any time during that period.


Alongside the main attractions will be an array of activities for children to enjoy and street entertainment for the whole family from Punch and Judy to the return of the Fairly Famous Family with their ‘Lifeguard’ act and a new show ‘Liver Cottage’.


Local museums will be offering a host of events from, ‘Sea Tales and Fishing Fun’ at Cromer Museum to ‘Make your own Crabby Brooches’ at the RNLI Henry Blogg Museum and ‘A walk through time – the Crab & Lobster history of Sheringham’ at Sheringham Museum.


On the evening of Saturday 18 May, the premiere of a new film entitled ‘Crabs & Shannocks – The Longshore Fishermen of North Norfolk’ will be screened at Cromer Community Centre. Tickets are £2.50 and are available now from Randalls Electrical in Cromer.


Events which are already up and running and which continue over the Festival weekend and into the summer months include the Seafood Trail and the Lovely Lifebuoy Art Trail where over 70 decorated lifebuoys are located across the two towns. Leaflets for both Trails are available in local tourist information centres and at most trail locations.


Taking about the two trails Festival co-president Hilary Cox said “From the 6ft crabs and lobsters on the Art Trail four years ago to the deckchairs, windbreaks and lifebuoys this year, I am continually amazed at the ingenuity and imaginations of the artists and the creative and tasty seafood dishes that make up the Seafood Trail. It all encourages locals and visitors alike to sample the delights of this unique area. You are not going to be disappointed this year, come along, enjoy and while you are here try and get the World record for Crab catching off the pier, see you there!”


For more information and to download the programme please see the website or call 07775 337201.

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