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Thursday, 25 September 2014

Fish is star of the show at the Cornwall Food Festival

Cornwall’s popular annual celebration of local food and drink – this year billed for the first time as The Great Cornish Food Festival – will look at the contribution that the Cornish fish industry makes.
The three-day event begins on Truro’s Lemon Quay on Thursday, September 25, and the festival will be looking at Cornish seafood in a variety of ways – from live cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs to filleting masterclasses and a huge selection of fish-based street food to sample.
Festival Director Ruth Huxley says they are highlighting fishing because it has always been an integral part of Cornwall’s food industry.
“In recent research we found that people associate seafood more readily with Cornwall these days than the county’s iconic pasties and clotted cream – a measure of its significance.
“As we hope to impress upon visitors to the festival this year, by buying local, we not only reap the benefits in terms of being able tenjoy the freshest most delicious fish on our doorstep but we’re also helping to support the sustainability and longevity of an incredibly important local industry.”There will be the opportunity to gain a rare and personal insight into the industry from people like festival newcomers Newlyn-based Dreckly Fish – four dedicated Newlyn fishermen who fish every day from their own small day boats.


The Dreckly Fish team will be selling their catch at the festival as well as working with top chef Fiona Were of the Mullion Cove Hotel, to create the festival’s first ever seafood pop-up in the Croust Bar, serving delicious dishes such as crab bisque and lobster rolls.
Also taking part in the festival are Cornwall College’s Head Chef Mark Devonshire, who will demonstrate how to make Cornish Crab sushi, Padstow Seafood School’s Mark Puckey will reveal the art of fish filleting and chef Sanjay Kumar, along with children from Archbishop Benson School in Truro, will be cooking up his own version of Starry Gazey Pie using sustainable Cornish sardines.
On Saturday afternoon, Looe fish auctioneer Julian Clemens will be leading the bidding in a fast-paced fish auction in aid of The Fisherman’s Mission, the charity that supports fishing families at times of need.
One of the first to take to the stage at the Great Cornish Food Festival is George Pascoe of Philleigh Way Cookery School who appears on Friday, September 26at 10.30 am.
Visit greatcornishfood.co.uk/festival for more.


For the full story: http://www.westernmorningnews.co.uk/Fish-star-Great-Cornish-Food-Festival/story-22972335-detail/story.html#ixzz3EKVUNFd1 
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