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Fabulous locally caught fish to sample at Foodfest

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: September 26, 2013

  • IDENTITY CRISIS: A task to identify a number of whole fish.

  • TASTY CATCH: Lobster and seafood at Foodfest.

  • COOKERY DEMO: FLAG programme manager Jenny Carey-Wood and Dan "the Fishman" Garnett on the main stage preparing fish at Foodfest 2012.

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ARE you a fan of fabulous fish caught in our local waters? When you eat out at a local restaurant do you like to feast on North Devon seafood?

With fish and shellfish caught along the coast on a daily basis, the local fishing industry is something for foodies to celebrate.

Helping seafood lovers to do just that is FLAG (Northern Devon Fisheries Local Action Group).

You can find out more about the organisation at this year's Foodfest where the FLAG team will be providing fishy fun with demonstrations, activities and information for all the family.

The FLAG team will be joined by a delicious-sounding range of local fish-related businesses on the day.

Dan the Fishman from Clovelly Fish will be cooking up a storm (think goan fish curry or giant shellfish paella) while Noel Corston of NC@EX34 fame will be doing fish preparation demonstrations. Blakewell Fisheries will also be on hand to answer all your angling questions. There's also a rumour of a special Fish Tucker Trial.

"Locally-landed fish such as crab, lobster, skate, cod, bass and squid are a fantastic, healthy, local product from Northern Devon that people are often not aware of," said Hattie Booth, seafood sector support officer.

"We are sponsoring Foodfest to highlight the local catch – and we'll be attending the event to offer cooked dishes and fresh fish for sale, as well as fun activities, demonstrations and information events throughout the day."

Northern Devon FLAG, launched in March 2012 and hosted by North Devon+, aims to help the area's fishing communities build a more sustainable future. The programme covers the whole of Torridge and North Devon with a particular focus on the four commercial landing ports and historic fishing communities of Appledore, Ilfracombe, Bideford and Clovelly.

"It's vital we appreciate the opportunities the North Devon coast and fishing industry affords us – we have the chance to eat a good variety of sustainably caught fish that's healthy, fresh and caught on our doorstep," said FLAG programme manager Jenny Carey-Wood.

"At FLAG we recognise that we need to support the local fishing industry, to ensure it continues into the future – so from sushi to seaweed, and from squid to sea angling we are encouraging local people to visit us at Foodfest to find out more about fish in North Devon."

Foodfest, now in its sixth year, showcases local food and drink producers. The event for food fans is in the Pannier Market, Barnstaple on October 20, 10am to 3.30pm. Free entry.

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