Student chef Semi Finals for Festival

July 13, 2015 by  
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Student chefs are proving themselves in a competition highlighting the versatility of Manx food and drink.

Hospitality and Catering students at the Isle of Man College of Further and Higher Education are taking place in the first ever Isle of Man Student Chef of the Year competition.

11 students, whittled down from an initial 30, cooked up dishes featuring delicious Manx produce.

Putting the dishes to taste test were Janna Horsthuis from competition sponsor Robinson’s, well-known local chef Tony Quirk and Audrey Fowler, Marketing Officer with the Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture, which has a £50 million strategy to grow the food and drink industry.

Four students – Nicole Crawley (lamb broth), Maria Eduardo (fillet steak with creamed potato), Tyler Livesey (queenie and crab ravioli) and Dominik Woloszyk (grilled trout with potato and egg ravioli) – were selected to go through to the semi-finals, being held at the Isle of Man Queenie Festival on Sunday 16th August.

Two finalists will then be chosen to compete for the Isle of Man Student Chef of the Year title at the Isle of Man Food & Drink Festival on Sunday 20th September.


The Student Chef of the Year will be awarded £250, a trophy and a certificate.

The semi finals will be taking place at the following times over the weekend:

Sunday 16th August 11am – 1pm.

The Isle of Man Food & Drink Festival will also see the main Chef of the Year title, also sponsored by Robinson’s, decided with the semi finals taking place at the Queenie Festival on Sunbday 16 August between 1pm and 3pm.

To find out more about the festival, visit
Photo – Student Chef of the Year Semi-finalists.

Tickets on sale for Fridays Maritime Marquee event

June 16, 2014 by  
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9 mile smile

We are extremely pleased to announce a cracking event taking place on Friday 27 June.

The Maritime Marquee Dance will be held on Alfred Pier starting at 8pm until 1am.

As well as a DJ, local five piece band 9 Mile Smile will be playing all your favourite covers…. .and more!!!

A licensed bar will also be open on the evening.

Tickets are on sale now priced at  £5 booked in advance tickets or you can pay £6 on the door.

To book simply call 822248 or email:

Hurry as space is limited! 

Festival ads hit the airwaves

June 10, 2014 by  
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For the 2014 Isle of Man Queenie Festival we have teamed up with local radio station 3FM to promote all the great things that are happening in Port St Mary over the festival weekend.

3FM Radio Isle of Man


If you haven’t heard them already on air, you can hear them by clicking on the links below.

Seafood Extravaganza Radio Advert

Queenie Festival 2014 Radio Advert


Remember to sign up for news and updates on our homepage or Like us on Facebook!

And don’t forget to keep the dates free in your diary from the 27th to the 29th June!

Come on down and join in the fun!



Tickets on sale for Seafood Extravaganza!

June 9, 2014 by  
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Seafood Extravaganza Platter

For seafood lovers, the hottest up and coming ticket in town is The Seafood Extravaganza, a night of fine dining and live music taking place during Port St Mary’s annual Queenie Festival. On Saturday 28th June at the Maritime Marquee situated on Alfred Pier, Port St Mary, diners will be able to enjoy a delicious seafood feast prepared by top local chefs, followed by live music from popular band Soul Suspects.

Missing from last year’s festival the evening is back by popular demand and tickets will be highly sort after. Guests at the event will receive champagne upon arrival, followed by a fabulous seafood feast, including Butch Buttery’s renowned seafood platter, surf and turf with succulent Manx Lobster plus a refreshing dessert. Dancing shoes are advised for the second half of the evening when The Soul Suspects will take to the stage to perform an energetic set of popular Motown, Stax, Rock and Roll and Blues. As well as wine lists to accompany dinner, there will be a bar open throughout the night.

Tickets for the event, which runs from 7.30 pm till midnight are on sale now! The first 100 Tickets are £70 per person then £80 thereafter, with seating based on tables of 10 (other size tables can be arranged). Places are strictly limited and available on a first-paid, first-served basis – call 822248 or email to reserve your place or table.

Listen to the radio advert here!

This year’s Isle of Man Queenie Festival takes place between 27th June and 29th June.

Av a Go Model boats attending 2014 Festival

June 3, 2014 by  
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Kids and big kids alike will be delighted to hear that the Manx Model Boat Club’s AV-A-GO boats will be at the 2014 Sure Queenie Festival, “a celebration of the Sea”. Just look out for the large in?ated pool and associated marquee, where member’s will have many other models on show. Participants are always guaranteed to have great fun steering the boats on the water. No “celebration of the Sea” could pass without boats!

Model boat

For a small charge, skippers have a choice of boat and control it via radio transmitter. All the money raised will go to a local charity, and at this year’s event this will be put to the RNLI. Who knows, it just might tempt you into this wonderful hobby?

Club members will be present throughout the festival, if interested why not ask about this hobby, where they sail, how to build and when the club meet up. The emphasis is always on fun and enjoyment, whilst competition is used to improve skills.

We hope to see you there!

Royal Navy visit for festival 2014

June 2, 2014 by  
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A Royal Navy ship will be in Manx waters during the Queenie Festival.


hms severn

HMS Severn will be coming into Baie ny Carrickey from June 27 to 29 and the crew will be taking part in the festival in Port St Mary, which celebrates the island’s fishing heritage and the queen scallop or ‘Queenie’ in particular.

The ship is in the Royal Navy’s fishery protection squadron. HMS Severn spends up to 300 days per year at sea safeguarding the fishery area around the British Isles.

Using Port St Mary as the basis of operations for the weekend, representatives of the ship are also hoping to take part in the island’s Armed Forces Day on the Sunday (June 29).

Lt Commander Tim Berry, commanding officer of HMS Severn, said: ‘I’m absolutely delighted to be taking part in this celebration of the sea; having very close links with both the Manx fishing industry and this diverse and beautiful island steeped in maritime history, it will be an interesting and fun time for my sailors to enjoy some of your finest “queenies”, washed down with a pint of local ale.’

The Manx government’s ‘armed forces champion’ and one of Rushen’s MHKs, Juan Watterson, said: ‘It will be great to cement Port St Mary’s connection with the Royal Navy, as it has been some years since a Royal Navy vessel has been able to join in a festival in the port.’

Countdown to Sure Queenie Festival 2014

June 2, 2014 by  
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Rushen MHKs Juan Watterson, Laurence Skelly and Phil Gawne are delighted to announce this year’s Queenie Festival will be held in Port St Mary on 28th and 29th June.



Sure Queeniefest


The event has become a mainstay of the Southern Community after it was conceived in 2008. We have once again teamed up with lead sponsors Sure to continue the event on the Albert Pier in Port St Mary. 3FM are our media partners once more, building on a number of years of working together in promoting the event, whilst the Manx food extravaganza will once again be sponsored by the Department of Environment Food and Agriculture. The event will also be run in conjunction with the Manx Wildlife Trust, who will be manning the gates and bringing their iconic touch tanks to allow children of all ages to learn more about our marine habitat. After taking over the event last year in order to secure its success, the Rushen MHKs are keen to develop the event as a crowd pleaser for the community. This year sees James Gale, of Switched On Events join the Board of the Festival, bringing his wealth of experience of event management – taking over from the sterling work of Aubrey Brookes last year (who is sadly unable to continue due to other commitments). Director Juan Watterson said, “We are delighted as MHKs for the area to continue our involvement with this important event in an iconic setting and to provide something for people of all ages to entice them to Port St Mary. We’re also pleased to welcome James Gale to the Board to take this event from strength to strength.” Director Laurence Skelly added, “For those who have never been, the Festival is a great community event which couldn’t happen without support from our community partners, Sure, 3FM, DEFA and the Manx Wildlife Trust. This year’s entertainment promise to rival last year’s as we take the festival onwards and upwards.” Director and DEFA Minister Phil Gawne added, “Manx food is gaining an incredible reputation around the world and we are happy to support awareness of this fantastic range of products, and help in creating a few ideas as to how to make the best of them. It is great to work alongside the Manx Wildlife Trust in exploring what makes our marine environment so special and worthy of protection to develop this unique food.” James Gale, Director designate, added “I’m delighted to join the Board and get involved with such an iconic event. I’m confident that with community support we can build on the previous successes to develop this into a major food and entertainment event in the Manx calendar for many years to come.”   Contacts: James Gale (Event Management): 822248 Juan Watterson (Finance): 837678 / 401859 Laurence Skelly (Entertainments): 835061 Phil Gawne (Food & Wildlife): 834844

Queenie Festival Eve

June 28, 2013 by  
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Well its the eve of the Isle of Man Queenie Festival taking place in Port St Mary over the weekend of the 29th and 30th June.

Make sure you head on down to the Alfred Pier (the break water) to take in all the sights and smells of one of the islands friendliest festivals.

On Saturday and Sunday the gates open at and its free to children under the age of with donations for adults.

There will be usual stalls, cakes, cooking demonstrations plus favourites such as the Manx Wildlife Trust Touch Tanks and local arts and crafts. There will also be a selection of tasty seafood treats on offer featuring of course the star of the show local Isle of Man Queenies!

The Queenie Festival is a great day out for all the family so why not come on down to friendly Phurt Le Moirrey and join in the fun!

See you there!

Local chefs to feature in cooking demonstrations

June 13, 2013 by  
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A number of local chefs will cooking up some tasty seafood treats at this years Queenie Festival. There will be the normal chef cooking demos taking place over the Saturday and Sunday of the festival and held in the normal marquee.

Kathryn Sentance of Relish cookery school will be hosting the demos throughout the day with some names taking to the stage including:

Marcus Sutton of Nexus

Steve Quirke of The Tickethall

Stephen Dedman of The Regency Hotel

Plus there will be a special appearance by non other than Port St Mary’s Mr Fish himself, Tim Croft!

Be sure to pick up your free Queenie Festival programme containing further details of cooking demos and whats happening during the festival weekend!


Entries Open for Manx Mile Swim

June 11, 2013 by  
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Manx Mile Swimmers

It’s that time of year again when the sea is looking bewitchingly tempting – as long as you ignore the temperature and jellyfish!

The first of the EMCS IOM Bay Swim Series is on 29th June 2013 at Port St Mary as part of the Queenie Festival, followed by the Port Erin Sports Festival & Regatta swim on 13th July. Both are 14:00 sign-on, 15:00 safety briefing for 16:00 Start, with all entries to be in by the Monday before each swim (at the very latest!) to give us time to sort the start-lists with Graham at . It’s all computerised due to the electronic timing chips used, and we therefore can’t take any late or on-the-day entries, so please enter promptly to avoid disappointment. If you’re thinking of swimming in either event, entries are limited to 100 and we’ve got a lot of off-island interest already, so get your entries in ASAP.

For all details, and to enter,  EMCS Manx Mile Open Water Swim, 29 June 2013. 14:00 sign-on, 15:00 safety briefing for 16:00 Start
Enter Online . There’s 800mm Junior (12-U16), 800m Novice (16+) and 1600m Senior (16+) events, with categories for wetsuit/costume and male/female.

If you’re receiving this as you’ve helped out in previous years with the Queenie Festival / Port Erin Regatta, as or boat/kayak support,  then please e-mail me back if you’re able to help this year. We’re particularly looking for boat support as breakdowns and problems getting round from PSM to Port Erin meant we nearly had to cancel the Port Erin event last year.  We also need people to help marshall / stopwatch, so don’t worry if you don’t want to get your feet wet there’s a place for everyone!

You’re welcome to swim for charity, or by all means donate to this year’s chosen charity, the IOM Children’s Centre:

At the end of June this year regular IOM swimmer & triathlete Richard George of EMCS will cycle from Lands End to John o’ Groats as part of a team raising funds for The Isle of Man Children’s Centre –, an Isle of Man based independent charity focussed on the support and well being of local children through numerous initiatives. The event will involve cycling over 1000 miles in 9 days solid. If you would like to donate you can do this directly as part of your event entry for the bay swims, or email Richard on , or bring some money down when you come for your swim and chuckit in a buckit!

The swims are run under BLDSA rules, with the exception that there is a wetsuit category as well as costume swimming.
If you’ve got any queries or can help out, send me an e-mail by all means. Our Child & Vulnerable Persons Officer is Carole Laporte, our Race Referee is Jill Bunyan, and our Lead-Safety-Kayaker is Steve Watt, thanks to all of them for their help again this year.
Please feel free to forward to anyone you think my fancy it or be able to help with support boats/kayaks, or stick the “sientries” links at the top of the page on your sports club website. Apologies if you get this e-mail more than once, or don’t want to receive e-mails on the swims, let me know and I’ll remove you from the list.

If you need a bit of practice beforehand, we’re still swimming every Sunday at Port Erin, 10:30am, meeting at the top of the slipway just past the Bay pub for a lap around the bathing beach. Please note though that Sunday swims don’t have any boat cover and are a group swim at your own risk, not an organised event, and under 16’s need an adult present on the beach or in/on the water while they swim. Other swims are posted on our Facebook group.

Lastly, thanks to Steve & Richard George at EMCS for their generous sponsorship of the event, following on from sponsoring last year’s Port Erin Sports Festival Regatta swim, and to the Mannin AnglingClub for the loan of their inflatable turn-bouys and ManxPaddlesports for Kayak cover.


Mark Gorry

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