New Bedford gears up to host its annual Working Waterfront Festival, Sept. 26-27


NEW BEDFORD, MA – The nation’s Number One fishing port hosts its annual Working Waterfront Festival – a free, family-friendly celebration of commercial fishing culture – once again this year on the working piers of New Bedford’s historic waterfront Saturday, Sept. 26 and Sunday, Sept. 27.

More than simply a celebration, the Working Waterfront Festival is a unique opportunity for the public to get a firsthand look at the culture of fishing and for the commercial fishing community to tell its own story.

The event presents all that goes into bringing seafood from the ocean to the table in a way that is hands-on, educational, and fun.


2015 theme

This year, the festival explores the objects of the industry – its unique food, clothing, tools, gear, art, crafts, and more – with the theme “Every Object Tells a Story.”

Festival goers will be able to watch demonstrations of maritime crafts such as boat building, net mending, model making, marlinspike artistry, and knot tying.

They can also view exhibits of industry antiques (historic tools, gear, and gadgets) and unusual catches (the unexpected things that come up in the net).

Large industry objects such as engines and net drums will be displayed on Steamship Pier.

Foodways demonstrations will include ethnic approaches to seafood as well as demonstrations of filleting and shucking.

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