Our volunteers had a brilliant day at Filey Food Festival Yesterday despite the dull and chilly weather. We lunched on lobster bisque, lobster thermidor and spiced fish balls from the Food Theatre Demos and finished with a selection of canapés from the World Food Cafe of Goole, who sadly ran out of stock due to demand and won’t be back today. Our chief organiser snaffled the last piece of smoked duck but I am hoping for more supplies . My cat has just provided breakfast in bed in the shape of a small tasty rodent, which got me thinking about the perfect sunrise and a much better culinary experience for our Sunday visitors than ‘feline surprise’. Here goes:

The first recommendation is bring and empty picnic basket, ‘kick off’ is officially noon but expect activity from around 10am onwards. High Water today is at 1202pm which means little or no beach a couple of hours either side. Unless you come early, the best long term parking near town will be West Avenue, see the parking plan . There should  be live  musical entertainment, a childrens’  fun fair, Hog Roast, Steak bar, real ale and Pimms tent in nearby Glen Gardens with the excellent Glen Gardens Cafe  nearby.  The ‘baby signing’ people are borrowing our Tipi for the day, don’t ask me what ‘baby signing’ is but I do know they offer excellent chill out activities for the pre-schools. Also on site is the boating pool, crazy golf, trampolines, and rides.

Turn left from Glen Gardens and it’s a gentle stroll into town down the Georgian Crescent Gardens with magnificent sea views following the food stall trail, sweets, currys, conserves,chocolates, home made ice cream  and a multitude of other delights (love the gingerbread stall), time to start filling up that empty picnic hamper . Remember the secluded charms of the nearby cafe in Crescent Gardens which is hidden away but well signed. Walk on to the frontage of Filey’s Evron Centre with coffee stall and Food theatre food demos at half past the hour starting at 10.30am. Walk into the centre and adjacent concert hall for yet more wonderful goodies, herb infused olives, cakes, artisan coffees, wine tasting,  pork pies, meaty treats, smoked meats, breads, exotic cakes and cup cakes.

Don’t neglect our local shops and cafes,  fruit and Veg in John St,  home made chocolates in Hope Street and a plethora of other gift, jewellery and charity shops , we have traditional English Cafes, a bistro, Deli Spice Indian, Chinese, Italian and of course, our local pubs and superb fish and chip shops. Possibly its now time to visit the seafront or retrace to West Avenue for a final beer or Pimms. Your choice but Discover Filey doesn’t advocate drunk driving or too much high living, ‘quaint Filey ain’t’ as we locals like to imply.



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