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20.09.05
Seafood and Buy it

A taste of the sea and the Cornish coast will be inescapable at this year's Cornwall Food and Drink Festival. Seafood Cornwall intends to make sure that all visitors to the festival will see some of the top quality fish landed by Cornish fishermen in Cornwall's many ports and harbours. The festival offers the ideal place to discover a range of the freshest fish and shellfish in one place and to buy it. A superb display of Cornish fish and shellfish by local fish merchants and suppliers, including Mrs Cod, W Harvey and Sons and South Coast Fisheries, will encourage festival visitors to taste and try before buying a range of freshly-prepared fish such as butterflied mackerel or filleted megrim sole that are ready to cook and eat.

"We want to show consumers that eating the best quality, freshest Cornish fish is easy," said John Coulson of Mrs Cod. "We can do all the preparation, all they have to do is cook and enjoy it."

Further temptations will be offered by W Harvey and Sons who will be promoting the company's range of shellfish, particularly dressed crabs, lobsters, crawfish and spider crabs. One of the company's recent introductions is packs of prepared white crab meat and spider crab meat. Customers will also be able to buy a pair of new products, two different styles of crab soup. "We still pick all our shellfish by hand, the traditional way, and it shows," said Matthew Harvey, the fourth generation running this leading Cornish shellfish company. "It retains the full taste and texture that nature intended."

Exhibiting at the Cornwall Food and Drink Festival for the second year running, Seafood Cornwall aims to make sure that more consumers appreciate the abundance and quality of fish and shellfish caught by Cornish fishermen. It is also one of the festival's sponsors. "This is a fantastic opportunity for people to learn more about the diversity of Cornish fish," said Nathan de Rozarieux, project director of Seafood Cornwall. "We know people would love to try different kinds of fish but are not sure what to look for or how to prepare it. Seafood Cornwall and Cornish fish merchants can answer all their questions and more."

Chefs such as Grant Nethercott from Alba in St Ives and Ben Harmer from the Padstow Seafood School will also be demonstrating some innovative new ways of cooking Cornish fish in the festival's Food Theatre.

For further information please contact Nathan de Rozarieux of Seafood Cornwall on 01736 874304 or email: 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 (FIFG) Fund.

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Editor's notes:

1 Seafood Cornwall, an Objective One Fisheries Programme grant funded project, offers advice to industry on fish quality issues and is working to improve marketing and promotion of fish and seafood. Seafood Cornwall is based at the Cornwall Fisheries Resource Centre, 78b The Strand, Newlyn, contact Nathan de Rozarieux, 01736 874304. For more information about the project visit www.seafoodcornwall.org.uk
2 Seafood Cornwall is one of Cornwall Food and Drink Festival's sponsors
3 Mrs Cod was set up ten years ago as a fish processing and wholesaling business. It supplies retailers, fish shops, hotels, pubs and restaurants with quality Cornish fish. Contact John Coulson or Martin Clements, 01736 332336
4 W Harvey and Sons is a long-established Newlyn business, and celebrated its 50th anniversary this year. W Harvey and Sons is run by the third and fourth generations of the founder's family and buys, processes and sells shellfish from boats fishing off the Cornish coast. For more information contact Matthew Harvey, 01736 362983
5 South Coast Fisheries is a Cornish fishmonger and fish merchant, with a retail shop in Truro's pannier market, supplying trade and retail markets with quality fresh fish, smoked fish and other exotic fish species. For more information call 01872 225767
6 The Cornwall Food and Drink Festival will be held on Lemon Quay in Truro, from Friday September 30 to Sunday October 2. For more information about the festival visit www.cornwallfoodanddrinkfestival.com

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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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