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Working Waterfront Festival

New Bedford is known for it’s prosperous fishing industry, but not many people know what it takes to make it work…here’s your chance to find out!

Working Waterfront Festival
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Come out New Bedford’s working piers to learn about our community’s biggest industry! The Working Waterfront Festival will take place on the piers of New Bedford’s waterfront on Saturday, September 27th from 11-6 and Sunday, September 28th from 11-5.

This is a great opportunity for the community learn about the fishing culture and for the fishing community to get to tell their own story.

This year’s theme is the historic and contemporary role of fishing families, on shore and off. Many times, we don’t think about how important the role of the family is for many fisherman and how man family businesses contribute to this booming industry.

There’s going to be so many different activities for adults and kids alike:

• Man Overboard Demo: Watch a dockside demonstration of how fishermen on deck must act quickly to rescue a crew member who has fallen overboard.

• Seafood Throwdown: Two chefs compete to create a winning dish using a surprise seafood ingredient. The event highlights underutilized seafood and local produce. In keeping with our theme, this year our “chefs” will be cooks from fishing families.

• The Kid’s Activity Tent (Steamship Pier): Make and take maritime art activities led by students from the Art Education Program of the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth

• Family Portrait & Story Station – Roving photographs will be on-hand to capture family portraits at the event. We’ll also be recording real life stories from fishing families as part of our Community Documentation Project.

There’s also going to be a Kick-Off concert on Friday September 26th, at Seamen’s Bethel (15 Johnny Cake Hill)…come to hear some great storytellers, traditional music, poetry and more!

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