Fish Display | Newlyn Fish festival | Cornwall | Cornish Produce

The Newlyn Fish Festival is one of August’s key events in this part of Cornwall and something every food lover should grab the chance to experience. One of the most important fishing ports in England, Newlyn throws open it’s doors every August bank holiday and gives the public a chance to join them in a celebration of all things fishy. The fish market is turned into a giant food hall with displays, cooking and filleting demonstrations, and so many mouthwatering food stalls you could have breakfast, elevensies, lunch, and dinner there if you were so inclined. This year the range of cuisines was amazing. Goan fish curry, crab and shellfish soups, monster paellas, barbecued pilchards, and for the non fish lovers local beef and game burgers. With two outstanding local Ice Creams Moomaid of Zennor and Calstick Farm desert was catered for too.

The the port itself is crowded with stalls of every description with local art and crafts in abundance, and just in case you have room left, even more food! Events and entertainments take place throughout the day both inside and out. There are races out on the water, including traditional gig racing and even a world championship for rowing historic luggers. Onshore there is live music throughout the day and events for the kids.

For me the main attraction of the fish festival is normally the renowned chefs that it attracts. This year among the roster of great chefs demonstrating their skills was the 2 Michelin starred Nathan Outlaw. Now I’m armed with loads of tasty tips and tricks to try out and Amanda will be expecting fine dining every night of the week! I met Nathan at a book signing later in the day and at the risk of sounding a little gushy, he was was a genuinely nice bloke.

Cornwall is without doubt home to some of the finest sea food in the country and now with the emphasis on sustainability and conserving our native species for the future the fish festival plays a key role in educating the public and hopefully firing up their taste buds for something other than cod and chips. It really is a fun way to get in there and sample it, so if you are down this way the last week in August, why not give it a try.


Images © Dan Pyne

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