THE popular Food Rocks festival returned to Lyme Regis for the sixth year last weekend, bringing top names and brands from the culinary world to town.
Organised by chef and restaurateur Mark Hix – who owns HIX Oyster & Fish House in Lyme Regis – the festival saw two days of cookery demonstrations in a marquee in Lister Gardens, while stalls offering the finest fayre from across the South West attracted huge crowds to the seafront.
Among those to give demonstrations were Michael Caines MBE, chef/patron of Michelin Starred Lympstone Manor, French baker Richard Bertinet, Rose Prince of the Rose Prince Cookery School, James Golding of The Pig Hotels and Lyme’s own James Whetlor of Cabrito Goat, with Mark Hix taking to the stage alongside several of his guests and Steve Lamb from River Cottage compering the weekend.
The weekend also included two sell-out feast nights in the marquee, a Glenham Estate beef supper club on the Friday evening, and a crab and mackerel supper on Saturday.
Proceeds raised from Food Rocks will be donated to the RNLI and Fishermen’s Mission. Members of Lyme Regis lifeboat crew attended the event for a photo-call with Mark Hix and to give short talks on how donations to the RNLI would be spent.
Lifeboat operations manager Nick Marks said: “Mark Hix has been a tremendous supporter of the RNLI for many years and his contribution is greatly appreciated by everyone connected with the charity.
“Food Rocks has become a major event in Lyme Regis and this year was no exception.”