Fal Fish Festival: Gratuitous Rick Stein mention for the search engines…

Word reaches me on the food grapevine, as it were, that the line-up has been confirmed for the first ever Fal Fish Festival.

I say reached me, it appeared on a screen under the words “press” and “release”. God bless the Internet.

But it is true – for the first time there is going to be a fishy element to the Fal River Festival, which takes place on May 30 and 31. There are those in the town who don’t like the words “Rick” and “Stein” mentioned in conjunction with their conurbation, but there can’t really be any doubt that his newly acquired presence in the town is going to give it a new foodie prominence.

A seafood I-do-see?

Indeed, Mr Stein is one of the sponsors of the event, the other being the town’s Greenbank Hotel.

Those present will include Stein graduates Fergus Coyle, The Seafood Restaurant’s James Nathan, who won BBC Masterchef in 2008, and Fiona Were of the Housel Bay Hotel on the Sunday. Monday sees

The Greenbank’s head chef, Sanjay Kumar, kick off proceedings, followed by a demonstration by Mark Puckey from Stein’s Padstow Seafood School and a workshop by fishmonger Matthew Stevens on the art of filleting, selecting fish and sustainable fishing.

The event will close with a food and wine matching demonstration by The Cove’s Arty Williams and Catherine Murden from St Austell Brewery.

Frankly though, good tho the demos are, the best bit for me is always the local food and drink stalls, where I spend most of my time necking freebies and irritating stallholders.

Should anyone be interested in having a stall or exhibiting, as they are calling it, contact Toby Budd on 01872 861 913 or email: toby@kingharry.net and geddown there.

Edit: thanks to Jean Genie for pointing out that it isn’t James Martin of Saturday Kitchen fame but he of Pirate FM compering. Sorry to disappoint – though I’m sure the radio man is a lovely chap and excellent compere.

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3 Comments on “Fal Fish Festival: Gratuitous Rick Stein mention for the search engines…”

  1. Jean Genie Says:

    Sorry folks think you will find this is the James Martin from Pirate FM as they are sponsoring it – dashing hopes all around I know!


  2. James Martin Says:

    Yes, I’m sorry to “dash all hopes” – and can safely confirm I am not appearing based on my merits in the kitchen (just ask my wife!).

    Looking forward to hosting this exciting new event in my hometown nonetheless.

    James ;-D

  3. movies Says:

    LOL! The picture is brilliant!

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