When: 21st February – 1st March 2015
Where: Rye, East Sussex
£: Ticket prices vary depending on the event
What is it?
The annual Rye Bay Scallop Week takes place from 21st February to 1st March 2015 across the East Sussex town.
Events during the week will include a Fisherman’s Trail, a farmer’s market, scallop cooking demos, live music and shanties, and even a scallop-themed race. As well as these events there will be a host of local restaurants putting together special menus for the Scallop Week.
The Landgate Bistro has three scallop dishes (as ravioli, in brioche and with bacon) which can be served as a starter, a main or as a “Trio of Scallops” accompanied with fortified wines.
Webbe’s will be serving their five course taster menu which has lobster, pork belly and sea bass on offer to compliment their delightful scallop dishes. Webbe’s will also have a Scallop cooking demonstration and luncheon, as well as their Cookery School on various days throughout the week.
Finally, Anthony Bailey will be cooking scallops outside the Old Grain Store on both weekends of Rye Bay Scallop Week.
The live music will include Kangeroo Juice playing at the Ypres Castle Inn on Friday 20th February, with Cushty and Titus playing later in the week.
On Sunday 1st March, the 7th annual What a Load of Scallops Race will take place. Entry costs £10 per team with all proceeds going to the local Lifeboats. The race will begin at 11am outside Rye Bay Fish (on the bridge on the road out of Rye, to Camber). The general aim of the contest is to get a wheelbarrow full of scallop shells from the quayside to the pub in the quickest time possible. It sounds more simple than it is!
Other events during the week include a Tour of the Ancient Port of Rye (tickets cost £5), and Ghost Stories at Playden WI Hall (tickets cost £10).
More info: scallop.org.uk