Said to be the UK’s largest free seafood event, the Pommery Dorset Seafood Festival will celebrate its tenth anniversary in 2017.

The culinary event will take place around Weymouth’s historic harbour side on 8th and 9th July, and will come complete with a seafood theatre for live demonstrations, and a producer’s marquee.

What can groups expect at the event?

The Pommery Dorset Seafood Festival is a charitable event celebrating Dorset’s links with the sea and its fishing communities.

Details are yet to be specified for 2017, but groups visiting can enjoy much of  the same as previous festivals.

Food and champagne will be celebrated throughout the event. Visitors will get to enjoy Pommery Champagne with fresh oysters; taste different seafood dishes on offer from a number of stalls; and sample and buy produce from the Dorset Food & Drink Pavilion.

Live cooking demonstrations from the region’s best loved chefs and the chance to taste some of their dishes will be available in the Fisher & Paykel Social Kitchen.

The sale of seafood will play a great part of the festival, and visitors can peruse stalls and local eateries to try dishes such as fried calamari, Lyme Bay fish and brioche burgers, crab sandwiches and squid yellow noodles.

Groups will also get to visit the ‘How To’ zone – last year visitors were able to learn how to fillet a fish in here, with the help from Billingsgate Seafood Training School.

Previous events have also seen visitors discovering how to buy, prepare and cook underutilised species of seafood in the Seafish Marquee.

Other highlights have previously included a BBQ masterclass; a masterclass on foraging with River Cottage’s John Wright; a fish auction; and stalls selling everything from kitchen utensils and fine art, to fishy-themed gifts.

Group travel organisers should visit for further information.