Newquay Fish Festival 2009 – Proper job

Newquay Fish Festival

The 2009 Newquay Fish Festival was by far the best ever. The harbour was thriving with people from far and wide as the aroma of barbecued fish hung in the warm Indian summer air. There’s something very special about Newquay Harbour that the festival really brings to life; maybe its the proper Cornish fishing community that still thrives there – as it has for centuries – or maybe its just a result of the sheer hard work and commitment that those involved put into the event. It is for sure a permanent and well loved feature that shows a completely different side of the Newquay we all love.

Crowds flocked to the harbour to witness some of Newquay’s most talented chefs prepare fish caught in Cornish waters, much of it coming from the Newquay bay area. Chris Graham from Butchers Bistro Newquay said.. “it’s about Cornish food cooked by Cornish people”.

Vasant Maru from the Maharajah Indian restaurant bought a wonderful display of Indian herbs and spices and demonstrated how they can be used to compliment fish. Vasant describes himself as a “Cornish Indian” and says he carries Cornwall and especially Newquay in his heart wherever he goes.

New this year were the Stiltskin Creative arts and theatre Company who performed and mingled with the crowd dressed as various characters. Blue Reef Aquarium gave rock pool demonstrations and a sand castle competition kept the children busy on the Sunday.

A talk was given on line caught Bass by Rod Eglinton and Phil Trebilcock, Rawle’s fishmongers of East st Newquay, gave a talk on how to fillet a Gurnard. Many of Newquay’s top chefs were on hand to show visitors the wonders of cooking with locally caught fish. Oysters, Lobster, Mackerel, crab, Beam and Bass were amongst the wide variety of fish on sale and numerous food stalls, including Mackerel smoked in a converted filing cabinet, ensured that everyone enjoyed the culinary delights of local Cornish seafood.

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Cornish voices filled the harbour with traditional singing, as the crowds stood up to join them to sing the Cornish National anthem of Trewlawney.

Highlights from the Newquay Fish Festival 2009

Maharajah cooking demonstration – Newquay Fish Festival 2009

Video Filleting a Gurnard at the Newquay Fish Festival 2009

Video Line caught Bass – short talk at Newquay Fish Festival.

Video Newquay Rowing club singers – Singing in the beer tent.

Video Pirates at the Newquay Fish Festival 2009

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Newquay Fish Festival

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