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Chef Nick Nairn to 'cook up a storm’ at Portavogie Seafood Festival

Michelin chef Nick Nairn will ‘cook up a storm’ at this year's Portavogie Seafood Festival, it has been announced.

The Festival returns to the coastal town for a second year on Saturday, August 12.

Food fanatics will be able to sample the best the port has to offer, including the world famous Portavogie prawns, with cookery demonstrations by Nairn, a fish market and artisan food stalls taking place at the harbour.

Nairn was the youngest Scottish chef to have been awarded a Michelin star for his first restaurant, ‘Braeval’ in 1991.

He then went on to open Nairns restaurant in Glasgow in 2008.

The former star of BBC’s Ready Steady Cook and Paul and Nick's Big American Food Trip, which he co-hosted with his friend, Northern Ireland chef Paul Rankin, Nairn now runs a successful cookery school.

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The Festival will also host performances from Portavogie Fishermen’s choir, net mending demonstrations, storytelling and street entertainment, as well as a marine touch tank, maritime-themed craft, the Play Bus soft play area and a fun fair, starting on the Friday and running throughout the day on Saturday.

Mayor of Ards and North Down, Councillor Robert Adair, said he is looking forward to the festival, which is taking place in his home town. 

He added: “After the resounding success of last year’s first-ever seafood festival, I am delighted that we will once again celebrate Portavogie’s rich fishing heritage by showcasing the journey that our seafood makes from ‘deep to dish’.

"There will be lots of freshly prepared, tantalising dishes to taste as well as an array of produce to purchase and bring home. Not to mention fish-themed fun such as a prawn peeling competition.

"To this day, the fishing industry contributes greatly to local employment and I am delighted the Council can support it in this way.”

The free event takes place on Saturday, August 12 from 12noon - 5pm at Portavogie Harbour. Go to visitardsandnorthdown.com for more information.

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