Flying the FLAG for Local Fish at North Devon Foodfest

18th September, 2014
Fishy festivities at North Devon Foodfest will continue in 2014 as the Northern Devon FLAG (Fisheries Local Action Group) sponsor the event for a second year, flying the flag for the local fish and shellfish industry.

Held on Sunday 19th October, the FLAG area at this year’s Foodfest will feature an exciting mix of local fish and shellfish sellers – all exhibitors within the FLAG area will be using and selling fish landed in Northern Devon at the three main ports of Appledore, Clovelly and Ilfracombe.

On the bill this year is regular favourite Dan the Fishman who will be entertaining the crowds with his fresh fish, seafood and fish theatre. Joining FLAG will also be the ever popular Seadog Foods who will take visitors on an exotic journey of world inspired dishes featuring Northern Devon fish.

Visitors will also have the chance to sample Torridge oysters with new Westward Ho! seafood business The Glorious Oyster, who recently set up a mobile sustainable seafood shack and is hoping to become the first restaurant in Northern Devon to be accredited by The Sustainable Restaurant Association.

The FLAG will also be joined for the first time by Barnstaple seafood restaurant Fatbelly Fred’s, who will be serving up seaside classics and promoting next year’s new Seafood Festival in Barnstaple.  New gourmet fish outlet Finbar’s Fishbar will be preparing delicious fishfinger rolls, and SunFish Cuisine will be offering taster versions of their new gourmet seafood hampers. Finally, family company S&P Fish will be selling fish and shellfish, landed straight from their boats in Ilfracombe.

The work of the Northern Devon FLAG will be supported by acclaimed chef Thomas Carr, who will be demonstrating two local seafood dishes in the Queen’s Theatre on the day. Following a successful stint as Head Chef at Kentisbury Grange, Thomas, who was also Head Chef at the Nathan Outlaw Restaurant when it was awarded its second Michelin Star, has recently opened his own restaurant in Ilfracombe. ‘Thomas Carr at The Olive Room’ will be serving contemporary British cuisine featuring the best seasonal produce North Devon has to offer, including fresh fish and shellfish straight from Ilfracombe Harbour.

Thomas Carr said: “As I grew up in North Devon, I have always loved using the amazing produce we’re so lucky to have here. North Devon has some of the best fish and shellfish in the country, which is supported by the responsible way our fishers operate, the large tidal range in the area and the conservation measures already in place. It’s a rich asset that I’m always surprised more people aren’t using and enjoying – it’s my aim to help change that.”

Visitors to the Foodfest will also be able to learn about Northern Devon’s rich maritime history, marine environment and fishing heritage through a showcase of some of the 48 FLAG funded projects supported by this successful European funding programme.

This includes North Devon AONB who will be promoting their new ‘Clean Marine’ sea litter campaign to help preserve our beautiful coastline and marine wildlife; North Devon Museums, who will be discussing the benefits and modern application of local seaweed and celebrating our nautical roots as part of their ‘Science at the Seaside’ and ‘Fishing for History’ projects; and highly acclaimed film project ‘Boat Stories’ who will be on hand to screen and discuss their beautifully observed films documenting the people whose lives revolve around the fishing and working boats of Northern Devon. Visitors will also be able to learn how to cook and prepare fish through Petroc’s range of popular seafood classes, and read about other projects from the programme too.

Seafood & Festivals Project Officer Hattie Booth said: “The FLAG has been working with businesses across the local seafood supply chain to help make our catch more accessible to food businesses, local people and visitors to the area, so we’re really pleased to have such a diverse mix of stands in the FLAG area this year. It will be a great opportunity for people to try new cuisines, learn where to source local fish and discover more about our maritime heritage.”
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