Crab and Lobster Seafood Extravaganza for Cromer and Sheringham

Cromer and Sheringham Crab and Lobster Festival 2014

A mouth watering seafood trail, cooking demonstrations and music from a French shanty group are among the entertainment being served up at this year’s Crab and Lobster festival.

The fifth annual event, that’s focusing on seafaring heritage of Cromer and Sheringham, was launched this week as organisers announced some of the highlights in store – and revealed the theme for the 2014’s art trail.

Miniature fibreglass crab boat planters will form the core of the Bootiful Boat Art Trail, which local businesses, community groups, schools and individuals are now being urged to take part.

sponsors will be provided with a plain white boat planter to decorate, paint and then display in shop windows across the two towns, creating the art trail that runs from Easter to August.

Tony Shipp, festival chairman, said: “There’s so many options; people can put a superstructure inside with masts, sails or a cabin. I think they’re going to capture the imagination, they’re practical in the sense they can be used as planters after the event. I’m hoping they will be very popular.”

Cromer and Sheringham’s foodie delights will also form a new interest, as the Scrumptious Seafood Trail will take visitors on a tour of establishments offering a unique festival seafood dish.

Organisers are keen to get food outlets more involved in the fun and are now encouraging restaurants, cafes and pubs to join up to the trail.

Other events will include crab dressing competitions and the ever popular cookery demonstrations.

The East of England Co-Operative Society will be adding to the events as the festival’s main sponsor.

Mister Shipp was enthused by the response and grateful to all sponsors.

“We are delighted to start the year on such a positive note,” he added. “The Bootiful Boat Art Trail is a great way for visitors to explore the area and see what north Norfolk has to offer, and it’s a great way for businesses to get creative”

Other entertainment across the three-day festival, which runs from May 16 – 17, will include fishing craft demonstrations, comedy, film, heritage events and music.

The festival will come to life with an opening concert at Cromer Pier’s Pavilion Theatre. Hosted by popular entertainer Olly Day it will feature music from the Sheringham Shantymen and French shanty group La Grosse Erreur.

Festival secretary Kate Royall said: “In 2013 the festival achieved enormous successes. Over 20,000 people enjoyed the weekend and thousands more followed the art trail, we hope this year’s festival, with an expanded programme of free events, will achieve the same success and bring more people to this fabulous area.”

The first 50 boats are now available for decorating, for a sponsorship fee of £60. For more information about the boats, seafood trail, volunteering at the festival and other opportunities visit www.crabandlobsterfestival.co.uk or call 07775 337201.

An auction of art trail lifebuoys at the Cromer and Sheringham Crab and Lobster Festival last year has benefited a range of local organisations. Grants totalling £5,000 were handed out to 19 community groups at the festival launch.

The donations are made via the festival’s community grant scheme, which endeavors to support charities and organisations local to the two towns, who work hard for their community.

Many of the projects which were successful will be working will local school children including: Sidestrand Hall School’s life skills flat, Henry Blogg and Cromer Museum’s new Nippers Club for under-5’s, and the Crazee Kidz Club, funding their Young Meets Old programme.

Over the past three years the festival has donated more than £29,000 to local charities. The organisations receiving grants were: Sheringham Woodfields School, Cromer Cricket Club, Sheringham Community Smallholding, Cromer RNLI, North Norfolk Riding for the Disabled Association, Cromer Youth Football Club, Sheringham 18s Football Team, The Belfry School, Ladybird Pre-School Nursery, Cromer Parish Church, Henry Blogg Museum & Cromer Museum, Crazee Kidz Club, COAST Festival, Roughton Under 5’s Playgroup, Cromer Skate Park, Cromer Girl Guiding HQ, Sheringham Youth Zone, About with Friends and Sidestrand Hall School.

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