A report on last weekend’s Fishtival at Prescott Park appeared at Seacoastonline.com — congratulations to Susan Tuveson for winning this year’s Seafood Chef Throw-Down with her “Provencal Monkfish Soup”!
2nd annual ‘Fishtival’ draws estimated 4,000
Whether enjoying the taste of the sea, or watching how it happens, the second annual N.H. Fish and Lobster Festival, or Fishtival, offered a glimpse into local fisheries and their role on the Seacoast.
Held in Prescott Park, the event offered tastings from 14 restaurants — each featuring a different kind of sea creature — more than 30 activities and displays, and opportunities to meet fishermen and learn how the fish and lobster they catch make it to the table. “It’s a chance for the community to connect with local restaurants and fishermen that might be invisible on a day-to-day basis,” said Karen Marzloff, co-chair of Seacoast Local. “You realize that fishing really is a deep part of our culture, heritage and community here.”
The inaugural Fishtival drew 4,000 people, leaving participating restaurants out of food early. This year, organizers added more restaurants and increased the amount of food for each by 25 percent, said Ben Anderson, executive director of the Prescott Park Arts Festival. Last year, 800 lobsters were sampled and 1,200 were available this year, he said.