Working Waterfront Festival

I know it’s last minute, but if you’re looking for something to do this weekend:

Celebrate Commercial Fishing, America’s Oldest Industry!

Join us in New Bedford, America’s largest commercial fishing port, to learn about the men and women who harvest the North Atlantic. Walk the decks of a scalloper, dine on fresh seafood, mend a fishing net and watch a Coast Guard rescue demonstration. Experience the workings of the industry which brings seafood from the ocean to your plate.

New Bedford, Massachusetts
Fisherman’s Wharf/Pier 3 — Steamship Pier

2011 Festival Dates:September 24 & 25

New hours for all piers!
Saturday 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
Sunday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

2011 Theme:
Then & Now: Tradition and Innovation in New England’s Working Ports

Festival programming will explore cultural traditions in commercial fishing communities, pay tribute to industry innovators and consider how the industry has changed over time in terms of everything from technology to regulations.

Seafood Throwdown

This year’s Working Waterfront Festival will feature Seafood Throwdowns on both Saturday and Sunday. Watch as participating chefs compete to create a winning dish using a surprise seafood ingredient and local produce. Chefs can bring three of their favorite ingredients; once they discover the secret seafood, they get $25 and 15 minutes to shop the Festival Farmers’ Market. A panel of judges including fishermen and food writers will determine the winning dish.

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About eSS&SC

The South Shore and South Coast has been home to hunting, gathering, fishing, farming––and great eating––for over 10,000 years. We are committed to identifying, devouring, and sharing all that Southeastern Massachusetts has to offer today and preserving local options for future generations.
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