The 10th Annual Working Waterfront Festival in New Bedford was held on September 28th and 29th 2013 and exceeded all expectations. It was a picture perfect weekend, record crowds and smiles across all three piers. New Bedford is America’s largest commercial fishing port; the festival is designed for participants to learn about the men and women who harvest the North Atlantic. Festival attendees walked the decks of a scalloper; dine on fresh seafood, viewed fishermen’s contests, and watch cooking demonstrations.
The Festival has been a labor of love for a decade. Take a look back.
Of course the main attractions of the Working Waterfront Festival are the music, food, demonstrations and a chance to walk aboard many of the fishing vessels.
Festival Director Laura Orleans told the New Bedford Standard Times “We started the festival really to educate the public about the industry and to give people who work in this industry a sense of pride in the work they do and an opportunity to tell their stories.”
New Bedford fisherman Phil Ashworth says “God, we could tell stories for hours,”
Here’s a nice tribute to this years festival from folks who were there.
Hear more stories and experience the 11th Working Waterfront Festival September 27 & 28, 2014.
You’ll find me there sampling the grilled scallops.