If you’re one of those people who never escapes beyond the cosy west end bubble, this weekend is the time to venture to the far and distant land of East Lothian.
I’m talking specifically about the three harbour towns of Prestonpans, Cockenzie and Port Seton. If you know the area you’ll be aware that these towns have struggled hard against the tide of de-industrialisation and are gradually beginning to regenerate through community initiatives such at the Three Harbours Seafood Festival.
Organised by people of East Lothian, the festival is a great example of a community getting together to show the rest of us what they’ve got going. It’s been going for five years now and is perfect for foodies and art buffs.
The festival kicks off on Friday 28 May with an outdoor Ceilidh and birthday party led by the Islander Ceilidh Band. If you’re more interested in the food, why not visit the festival during the day on Saturday or Sunday. Entry to the festival is only £2 and the organisers promise cooking demonstrations, a great real ale tent and lots of fresh produce to buy. There’s free refrigeration all day so you don’t have to worry about your purchases getting ruined while you laze about in the sun by the sea.
Three Harbours Seafood Festival runs from Friday 28-Sunday 30 May at The Greenbelt, Edinburgh Road, Prestonpans. More information can be found at http://www.3harbours.co.uk.