“The cheapest sea-towne for provision of fish for our house” – so said King Charles I of Rye in 1628, and he would undoubtedly embrace the annual scallop festival in this lovely coastal Sussex town.

Shucking scallops © Hastings Borough Council

The nine-day event, from February 12-20, incorporates the tempting delicacy into all aspects of Rye restaurant and pub life, with special scallop-themed menus available throughout Rye and beyond; nearby Winchelsea and Camber Sands also playing host to events.

Scallop-shucking demonstrations, cookery schools and menus featuring various recipes of this delectable seafood are on offer throughout the event. Visitors can choose to visit just for the day or maybe spend a two-night special themed break at the 10-bedroom, 15th century Strand House Hotel in Winchelsea. That includes a five-course scallop-themed dinner and the chance to sample their famous breakfast of black pudding, locally-smoked bacon and pan-fried scallops.

On the last day of the festival, the third annual What a Load of Scallops race will take place, with entrants racing barrows of scallops through the streets of Rye to win the coveted wooden scallop plaque.

For more information on the festival and the related events, go to www.ryebayscallops.co.uk.

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