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14.06.05
Seafood Cornwall Draws Record Crowds at Royal Cornwall

Seafood Cornwall is celebrating after drawing record numbers to its stand at the Royal Cornwall show (9-11th June). Boosted by excellent weather, record crowds of over 100,000 people visited the 3-day Royal Cornwall show at Wadebridge.

The Seafood Cornwall stand showcased the quality, diversity and abundance of fish caught off south west shores and took visitors through a journey past new display boards, followed by a viewing of a new DVD showing the 'net to plate' story and culminating with a taster of fish. Aimed at providing more information to a food aware public the 9 minute film featured local skippers Dave Trebilcock 'Che Sara Sara' potting for spiders from Newquay, Andy Giles 'Guiding Light II' trawling from Looe and Stefan Glinski's ring netter 'Highlander'

Nathan de Rozarieux, Seafood Cornwall project director, explained that he was "delighted" with the stand. "We took a conscious decision to reduce the cooking demonstrations in favour of cooking and serving fish as simply and quickly as possible and thanks to our chefs it really worked." The chefs included Steve Ward from Ye Olde Dolphin in Newquay, Nick Batten from Cornwall College, Newquay fisherman Simon Bennetts and Roy Heath from the NHS Sustainable food project in Cornwall.

The tasters of Megrim, Sardine and Spider Crab were particularly popular on Saturday when Cornish FPO chief executive, Paul Trebilcock took a turn serving hot megrim tasters. "This was without doubt the best fish promotion I have seen, the megrims were particularly successful, at one stage we had people queuing up out of the stand," said Paul.

Seafood Cornwall will also be exhibiting at 'Falmouth for Orders' (17-19 June), Newlyn Fish Festival (August Bank Holiday Monday) and Truro Food & Drink Festival (1 and 2 October).

For further information contact Nathan de Rozarieux, project director of Seafood Cornwall on 01736 874304 or e-mail: nathan@seafoodcornwall.org.uk.

The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has invested in Seafood Cornwall through the Financial Instrument for Fisheries Guidance fund (FIFG).

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Editor's notes:

For further information and digital photographs contact:

Nathan de Rozarieux
Project Director, Seafood Cornwall

Tel: 01736 874304
e-mail: nathan@seafoodcornwall.org.uk

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Clare Morgan
Media Relations Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
Castle House
Pydar Street
Truro TR1 2UD
Mobile: 07973 813647
Telephone: 01872 223439

cmorgan@cornwall.gov.uk

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