Annual Southend Whitebait Festival set to take place next month

ESSEX Chambers of Commerce is continuing with tradition this year by organising the annual Whitebait festival in Southend.

The festival, a thanksgiving for the harvest of the sea, will take place on September 28 at the Sands restaurant on Southend seafront.

The event, sponsored by c2c Rail, features the traditional “blessing of the catch” service followed by a three-course lunch, with whitebait being one of the starter choices.

Guests will include the Mayor and Mayoress of Southend.

For more information, call 01206 765277 or via the website www.essexchambers.co.uk/events.

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6:50pm Fri 26 Aug 11

Andycal 172D says...

Hmmmm 40+ years I've lived in Southend and this is the first time I've eevr heard of this "annual" tradition.
Hmmmm 40+ years I've lived in Southend and this is the first time I've eevr heard of this "annual" tradition. Andycal 172D
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7:05pm Fri 26 Aug 11

hullman says...

Andycal 172D wrote:
Hmmmm 40+ years I've lived in Southend and this is the first time I've eevr heard of this "annual" tradition.
yea me too,,why would you celebrate whitebait..anyway isnt that what poor people eat
[quote][p][bold]Andycal 172D[/bold] wrote: Hmmmm 40+ years I've lived in Southend and this is the first time I've eevr heard of this "annual" tradition.[/p][/quote]yea me too,,why would you celebrate whitebait..anyway isnt that what poor people eat hullman
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7:07pm Fri 26 Aug 11

Andycal 172D says...

V trendy is whitebait! But still I suppose it's like the Fisherman's Festival earlier this year...
V trendy is whitebait! But still I suppose it's like the Fisherman's Festival earlier this year... Andycal 172D
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9:04pm Fri 26 Aug 11

Nebs says...

How can whitebait be "one of the starter choices"? ffs, it's a whitebait festival, all the starters should be whitebait.
How can whitebait be "one of the starter choices"? ffs, it's a whitebait festival, all the starters should be whitebait. Nebs
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9:22pm Fri 26 Aug 11

John the resonator says...

Nebs wrote:
How can whitebait be "one of the starter choices"? ffs, it's a whitebait festival, all the starters should be whitebait.
Has anyone considered the whitebait's opinion on this? They might be very happy to give up their place to prawn cocktails, oysters Caprice, scallops or kalamari.

Dr. Lang O Stine
Piscine and marine invertebrates rights consultant
The Hague
[quote][p][bold]Nebs[/bold] wrote: How can whitebait be "one of the starter choices"? ffs, it's a whitebait festival, all the starters should be whitebait.[/p][/quote]Has anyone considered the whitebait's opinion on this? They might be very happy to give up their place to prawn cocktails, oysters Caprice, scallops or kalamari. Dr. Lang O Stine Piscine and marine invertebrates rights consultant The Hague John the resonator
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12:33am Sat 27 Aug 11

saarfender says...

"The festival, a thanksgiving for the harvest of the sea, will take place on September 28 at the Sands restaurant on Southend seafront. "


Shouldn't a festival of thanksgiving take place at the point of harvest?

Oh... http://en.wikipedia.
org/wiki/Whitebait#U
nited_Kingdom_Whiteb
ait says "Given that UK and imported Whitebait still consists of immature herring, sprat, sardines, mackerel, bass and many others, it is not an ecologicial foodstuff. Removing these fish at such a juvenile stage, before they have had a chance to grow and reproduce, might severely reduce future fish stocks."
"The festival, a thanksgiving for the harvest of the sea, will take place on September 28 at the Sands restaurant on Southend seafront. " Shouldn't a festival of thanksgiving take place at the point of harvest? Oh... http://en.wikipedia. org/wiki/Whitebait#U nited_Kingdom_Whiteb ait says "Given that UK and imported Whitebait still consists of immature herring, sprat, sardines, mackerel, bass and many others, it is not an ecologicial foodstuff. Removing these fish at such a juvenile stage, before they have had a chance to grow and reproduce, might severely reduce future fish stocks." saarfender
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8:33am Sat 27 Aug 11

Nebs says...

John the resonator wrote:
Nebs wrote:
How can whitebait be "one of the starter choices"? ffs, it's a whitebait festival, all the starters should be whitebait.
Has anyone considered the whitebait's opinion on this? They might be very happy to give up their place to prawn cocktails, oysters Caprice, scallops or kalamari.

Dr. Lang O Stine
Piscine and marine invertebrates rights consultant
The Hague
As local representative for the Amalgamated Union of Prawns, Oysters, Scallops and Kalamari I have to say that my members are in total disagreement with your proposals. Once again we see so-called Marine Invertebrates Rights Johnnies in Europe riding roughshod over British seafood, and their proposal that we should feature at the Whitebait Festival is tantamount to a death sentence for our members.
If we are to appear on the menu then we DEMAND equal billing, with the festival renamed as the Prawn, Oyster, Scallop, Kalamari and Sundry Other Seafood Festival. For far too long we have played second fiddle to the whitebait and if this quite reasonable demand is not met then we shall have to ballot our members for peaceful industrial action which will include the wanton destruction of the whitebait fleet and fisticuffs at the festival dinner.
[quote][p][bold]John the resonator[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nebs[/bold] wrote: How can whitebait be "one of the starter choices"? ffs, it's a whitebait festival, all the starters should be whitebait.[/p][/quote]Has anyone considered the whitebait's opinion on this? They might be very happy to give up their place to prawn cocktails, oysters Caprice, scallops or kalamari. Dr. Lang O Stine Piscine and marine invertebrates rights consultant The Hague[/p][/quote]As local representative for the Amalgamated Union of Prawns, Oysters, Scallops and Kalamari I have to say that my members are in total disagreement with your proposals. Once again we see so-called Marine Invertebrates Rights Johnnies in Europe riding roughshod over British seafood, and their proposal that we should feature at the Whitebait Festival is tantamount to a death sentence for our members. If we are to appear on the menu then we DEMAND equal billing, with the festival renamed as the Prawn, Oyster, Scallop, Kalamari and Sundry Other Seafood Festival. For far too long we have played second fiddle to the whitebait and if this quite reasonable demand is not met then we shall have to ballot our members for peaceful industrial action which will include the wanton destruction of the whitebait fleet and fisticuffs at the festival dinner. Nebs
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8:58am Sat 27 Aug 11

Mark D says...

There's something fishy about all of this.
There's something fishy about all of this. Mark D
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6:05pm Sat 27 Aug 11

John the resonator says...

Nebs wrote:
John the resonator wrote:
Nebs wrote:
How can whitebait be "one of the starter choices"? ffs, it's a whitebait festival, all the starters should be whitebait.
Has anyone considered the whitebait's opinion on this? They might be very happy to give up their place to prawn cocktails, oysters Caprice, scallops or kalamari.

Dr. Lang O Stine
Piscine and marine invertebrates rights consultant
The Hague
As local representative for the Amalgamated Union of Prawns, Oysters, Scallops and Kalamari I have to say that my members are in total disagreement with your proposals. Once again we see so-called Marine Invertebrates Rights Johnnies in Europe riding roughshod over British seafood, and their proposal that we should feature at the Whitebait Festival is tantamount to a death sentence for our members.
If we are to appear on the menu then we DEMAND equal billing, with the festival renamed as the Prawn, Oyster, Scallop, Kalamari and Sundry Other Seafood Festival. For far too long we have played second fiddle to the whitebait and if this quite reasonable demand is not met then we shall have to ballot our members for peaceful industrial action which will include the wanton destruction of the whitebait fleet and fisticuffs at the festival dinner.
My friend, or should I call you brother, those are responsibilities of belonging to a wider community.

If your members could get out of their shells a bit more they might realise the world is their oyster. In the greater scheme of things how significant is it really if a few crabs gets pinched or a couple of eels slip away.

The whitebait have taken all the weight of this festival on their not very broad shoulders for years. Time for others to step up to the plate and not be so shellfish. We stand to net huge gains if we don't allow ourselves to be shouled down the river.
[quote][p][bold]Nebs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]John the resonator[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nebs[/bold] wrote: How can whitebait be "one of the starter choices"? ffs, it's a whitebait festival, all the starters should be whitebait.[/p][/quote]Has anyone considered the whitebait's opinion on this? They might be very happy to give up their place to prawn cocktails, oysters Caprice, scallops or kalamari. Dr. Lang O Stine Piscine and marine invertebrates rights consultant The Hague[/p][/quote]As local representative for the Amalgamated Union of Prawns, Oysters, Scallops and Kalamari I have to say that my members are in total disagreement with your proposals. Once again we see so-called Marine Invertebrates Rights Johnnies in Europe riding roughshod over British seafood, and their proposal that we should feature at the Whitebait Festival is tantamount to a death sentence for our members. If we are to appear on the menu then we DEMAND equal billing, with the festival renamed as the Prawn, Oyster, Scallop, Kalamari and Sundry Other Seafood Festival. For far too long we have played second fiddle to the whitebait and if this quite reasonable demand is not met then we shall have to ballot our members for peaceful industrial action which will include the wanton destruction of the whitebait fleet and fisticuffs at the festival dinner.[/p][/quote]My friend, or should I call you brother, those are responsibilities of belonging to a wider community. If your members could get out of their shells a bit more they might realise the world is their oyster. In the greater scheme of things how significant is it really if a few crabs gets pinched or a couple of eels slip away. The whitebait have taken all the weight of this festival on their not very broad shoulders for years. Time for others to step up to the plate and not be so shellfish. We stand to net huge gains if we don't allow ourselves to be shouled down the river. John the resonator
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