Attractions and who’s attending?

August 11, 2015 by  
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There are a great deal of events, attractions and things to see and do at the festival. Here is a line up whats on and who's attending. Queenie Festival Flyer Page 2 PLUS Alicia Bettridge – Equisilva · Greenwheels · Manx Whale & Dolphin Watch · La Creperie · Cruk Relay for Life · Alexandra Morrison Designs · Flo the Coffee Van · Beach Buddies · Creative Network · Davidsons Ice Cream · Betty the Food Trailer · Berries Limited · Apple Orphanage · Manx Society for Marine Conservation · Manx Model Boat Club · The Manx Wildlife Trust · Manx Ices Limited · Mannbiltong · St Christopher’s on Behalf of Craig’s Hearstrong Foundation · Flyboard · Discover Diving · Mannin Angling Club · Switched On Events · Staarvey Farm · Sweet Tooth Fairy

Importance of food and drink as Isle of Man Chef of Year line-up is announced

August 11, 2015 by  
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The Minister for Environment, Food and Agriculture is highlighting the importance of Isle of Man food and drink to the Island’s continued economic success. Richard Ronan MHK was speaking as he announced the line-up for the heats of the Isle of Man Chef of the Year competition. ‘The Island’s distinctive food and drink and the experience of eating out are important to the Island’s economic success, both in terms of creating jobs and attracting visitors,’ the Minister said. ‘The Chef of the Year competition is a showcase for the ever-growing range of quality local produce and a stage for our wonderfully talented chefs to show off their skills.’ The Sure Queenie Festival in Port St Mary will be the setting for the heats at 1pm on Sunday 16th August. James Stubbs from The Courthouse, with a Manx lamb’s liver dish, will take on Cye Maddocks from Haworth’s Restaurant, who is tackling lobster and salmon ravioli with a queenie chowder, and Jean-Pierre Giuliani from Jean-Pierre’s Bistro, who is cooking roast Manx pork tenderloin. The chefs will have 35 minutes to create their dishes while talking about them to a compere. Marks will be awarded for use of local ingredients, taste and presentation. Festival-goers are invited to take a seat and watch the action. Two of the chefs will go through to the Chef of the Year final, which will be held at the Isle of Man Food & Drink Festival at the Villa Marina on Sunday 20th September. The Queenie Festival will also host the semi-finals of the first Student Chef of the Year competition earlier in the day at 11am. 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) will compete for two places in the final. The four were selected from Isle of Man College of Further and Higher Education students who took part in initial heats in June. Judges for the Chef of the Year heats will be Janna Horsthuis from sponsor Robinson’s; Chris Franklin, who lectures in hospitality and catering at the College, and Audrey Fowler, Marketing Officer with the Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture (DEFA). Roy Macfarlane, who has a restaurant in Douglas, will replace Chris on the judging panel for the student semi-finals. Janna Horsthuis said: ‘Robinson’s is pleased to support the Chef of the Year and Student Chef of the Year competitions, as we work closely with the Island’s catering sector, supplying high-quality local produce to chefs. We are looking forward to seeing the innovative and tasty dishes produced by the chefs in both competitions.’ The Chef of the Year will receive £500 cash and an engraved plaque, plus £500 for their establishment to spend on advertising. The Student Chef of the Year will take home £250, a trophy and a certificate. The winning recipes from the heats will be available by visiting and clicking on the link for Chef of the Year. Tickets for the Isle of Man Food & Drink Festival are on sale at the Manx Welcome Centre at the Sea Terminal and from the Villa Marina and Gaiety Theatre – or 01624 600555. For more information about the festival, visit, like Isle of Man Food and Drink on facebook or follow @iomfoodanddrink on Twitter.

Student chef Semi Finals for Festival

July 13, 2015 by  
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images 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!

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