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New Hampshire Seafood

Updated on November 24, 2012

Lobsters, Shrimp, Oysters, Scallops, Clams, Fish and More

This page has information on seafood of New Hampshire USA. This New England state is famous for fish and shellfish including lobsters, crabs, coldwater shrimp, scallops, clams, cod, haddock, pollock, whiting, hake, flounder, monkfish, scup, mackerel, herring, tuna, swordfish, and other products.

New Hampshire Fish & Lobster Festival Celebrates 400 Years of Local Seafood

Walk the decks of a local fishing boat, taste freshly landed local seafood prepared by top chefs, investigate the Gulf of Maine

ecosystem, learn to identify and prepare local fish, sing a song and hear a tale or two.

This first-ever interactive festival celebrates 18 miles and 400 years of N.H. fishing communities and traditions. The event is be held Saturday September 19, 2009 from Noon - 4:00 PM at Prescott Park Arts Festival.

The festival is a made possible thru a collaboration between the Prescott Park Arts Festival, City of Portsmouth Fishing Industry Committee, UNH Sea Grant, Seacoast Local, Seacoast Eat Local, and Slow Food Seacoast.

Admission is free, with seafood tasting for $3 sample.

For more information, visit www.prescottpark.org

Hampton Beach Seafood Festival

The Hampton Beach Seafood Festival showcases 55 of the Seacoast's top restaurants serving an abundance of mouthwatering New England seafood. The event features 39,000 square feet of covered tent space where 80 Arts & Crafts vendors offer locally made products. Local merchants offering end-of-the-season sales are located nearby.

The Hampton Beach Seafood Festival has become the largest non-spectator event held in the state of New Hampshire. The three day festival draws crowds of tourists and locals alike with attendance currently estimated as exceeding 150,000!

The Hampton Beach Seafood Festival has once again been honored with the prestigious award of being "One of the Top 100 Events in North America", by the American Bus Association in 2009. Award winners are chosen from hundreds of celebrations, festivals, fairs, commemorative events, and more that have been nominated by state tourism offices and local and regional convention and visitors' bureaus.

The Seafood Festival has been awarded the "Top 100" designation four times in the past, in 1996, 2001, 2003, 2006, and 2008. Being on the list brings an obvious boost in tourism in the area by increasing the exposure of the event as a designation for bus tours during the Festival.

For more information visit www.hamptonbeachseafoodfestival.com

New Hampshire Lobsters

New Hampshire Lobsters have meat that is mild, sweet and healthy. It is served whole, boiled or in a variety of dishes. Lobsters are available live in most coastal towns. Other areas may also have cooked, shelled lobster meat available.

Lobster Rolls

This simple but delicious dish is a great way to enjoy lobster. Lobster rolls are easy to make and are well suited for variations. The basic lobster roll uses very simple ingredients and doesn't need much in the way of spices or strong ingredients. Cooks start by making a simple lobster salad which can be simply chopped cooked lobster meat, mayonnaise, and salt and pepper to taste.

Optional ingredients can include a little Dijon mustard, butter, lemon and/or diced vegetables. The salad is chilled prior to serving. The most popular roll is a double sized slice of Italian or other home made bread, with a slot cut down half way in the middle to form a pouch. The bread is then toasted for a few minutes in an oven, just enough to harden the outsides. The lobster salad is then stuffed in the center pouch. Lobster rolls are served informally with sides such as cole slaw, fries, sliced tomato or a pickle.

Lobster Pie

This is another very simple but delicious dish. Lobster meat is cooked, chopped and placed in a casserole dish. Some recipes add vegetables, while others remain simple. Most variations include Italian breadcrumbs, butter, garlic and sometimes one or more diced vegetables. Lobster pie is delicious, simple and a great way to enjoy lobster.

New Hampshire Seafood Fresh and Local Brand and Website

New Hampshire Seafood Fresh and Local, a product of the City of Portsmouth Fishing Industry Committee, recently unveiled its new brand, visual identity, and website and announced a collaboration meeting to raise awareness about the initiative.

The Committee, created in November 2008 has produced and submitted to the Portsmouth City Council an industry whitepaper that clearly demonstrated the region's geographic seafood assets, as well as the social, cultural, and fiscal attributes of the fishing industry, along with the current industry condition.

For more information on New Hampshire Fresh and Local or the informational meeting, please call Erik Anderson at 431-1779, Karen Marzloff at 766-1775 or visit www.NHSeafood.com.

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