The Taste of the Sea in Maryport 2023
12th and 13th August 2023
Among many of Cumbria’s gems, the coastal town of Maryport stands out as a hub of maritime heritage and gastronomic delights. One event that captures the essence of this town is the Taste of the Sea, a celebration of the region’s bountiful seafood offerings.
A Glimpse into Maryport’s Past:
Maryport, situated on the Solway Firth coastline, boasts a vibrant history that stretches back centuries. Founded by the Romans in the 1st century AD, the town was originally known as Alauna, serving as a crucial supply port for the nearby Roman fort of Hardknott. Evidence of Maryport’s Roman heritage can still be found in the form of the Senhouse Roman Museum, which houses a remarkable collection of Roman artifacts.
Throughout the centuries, Maryport flourished as a bustling port town, with trade routes extending to Ireland, Scandinavia, and beyond. Its strategic coastal location played a pivotal role in the town’s development, contributing to its prosperity and cultural diversity.
Taste of the Sea Food Festival:
The Taste of the Sea Festival in Maryport pays homage to the town’s maritime legacy and showcases the abundance of seafood harvested from the surrounding waters. Held annually and brings together local fishermen and seafood enthusiasts from far and wide
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The festival offers a tantalizing array of seafood delicacies, ranging from traditional favourites to innovative dishes from local businesses. Visitors can relish the freshest catches, including succulent lobster, plump scallops, juicy prawns, and a variety of fish prepared using both classic and contemporary cooking techniques. The local chefs, passionate about highlighting the natural flavours of the sea, showcase their culinary expertise through cooking demonstrations and interactive workshops.
Beyond the food, the festival provides a platform for local artisans, musicians, and performers to showcase their talents. The lively atmosphere, with live music and entertainment, adds to the festive spirit and makes the event an unforgettable experience for all who attend.
While the Taste of the Sea Food Festival takes centre stage in Maryport, there is much more to explore in this charming town. Wander through its historic streets and you’ll discover elegant Georgian architecture, quaint cottages, and welcoming pubs.
IMG: Simon George – Flickr
Visit the Senhouse Roman Museum to delve deeper into the town’s Roman heritage and witness the remarkable collection of ancient artifacts. www.senhousemuseum.co.uk
Take a stroll along the picturesque harbour, where you can watch fishing boats return with their daily catch or simply soak in the serene coastal views.
For nature enthusiasts, the Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty beckons with its stunning landscapes, diverse wildlife, and serene beaches. Embark on scenic walks, breathe in the fresh sea air, and revel in the tranquillity that Cumbria’s coastal beauty offers.
The Taste of the Sea Food Festival in Maryport encapsulates the rich history, culinary traditions, and natural beauty that Cumbria has to offer. By celebrating the region’s maritime heritage and abundant seafood, this festival provides a unique opportunity for visitors to immerse themselves in the vibrant culture of this picturesque town.
More Taste Cumbria Festivals – dates for the diary!
• Maryport Taste of the Sea Comedy Night – 11th August 2023
• Taste Cumbria Cockermouth – 23rd – 24th September 2023
• Taste Cumbria Christmas Cockermouth 10th and 11th December 2023