Organisers promise biggest Fish Festival yet

The biggest Johnshaven Fish Festival yet has been promised by organisers
The biggest Johnshaven Fish Festival yet has been promised by organisers

This year’s Fish Festival down at the harbour promises to be Johnshaven’s biggest seafood fest yet.

There will be a real buzz down at the harbour on August 15 where seafood aficionados can enjoy a huge range of fishy treats while being entertained by all manner of events and music.

Sandra Dunbar, speaking for the Fish Festival management group, said: “There will be Arbroath Smokies prepared on site using traditional oak smoking barrels, a Spanish paella stall, French moules mariniere (hot garlic mussels) and fresh fish sales.”

Murray McBay lobster merchants will open its doors to visitors and the newly revamped Heritage Museum in the Old Lifeboat shed will be manned and ready for tourists seeking historical facts.

Demonstrations of net repairing and other traditional skills may be seen at the harbour.

The RNLI lifeboat will be visiting for the last time before the brand new lifeboat takes over on August 21.

Most importantly, the famous Johnshaven Harbour Raft Race ‘sailors’ will entertain onlookers at 2pm with their hilarious antics and dubious crafts. The village has been busy building these rafts both buoyant and sinkable in order to race around the harbour in fancy dress.

The Headline act at the Acoustic Tent at this years JoFest, the mini music festival which is held at the waters edge, will be the everpopular STANDBY with Laura Townsend, Eilidh MacKenzie and Liam Beedie. Then Alannah Moar who is a singer & songwriter and who reached the final 3 in the NEX Factor 2015 and was the winner of Laurencekirk Gala Factor 2014. Appearing on the Acoustic Stage after the raft race will be Shenanegans and Radar. The musicians will play to the fish-eating public and an after party is being arranged for the evening when the bulk of visitors have thrown their anchors or sailed for home. Tickets are available from the management group.