Tuesday, 29 August 2006

Fun, fish and festivity - Fish Festival is here!

Despite a dodgy forecast, the sun shone to allow a selection of local musical talent to entertain the crowds 'en pleine'.
Each year more and more fish is cooked.
Even Nathan from Seafood Cornwall gets in on the act - he fries a mean sardine!
Carol Trewin's superb new book, Cornish Fish and Seafood just arrived from the printers - a must have read and beautifully illustrated. Cornish Fishing and Seafood has been written with support from Cornish fishing businesses, at sea and onshore, so that profits from sales can help the Duchy Fish Quota Company to keep Cornish fishing quota in Cornwall. Nick Howell demonstrates to a fascinated audience how the dorsal fin of a tuna can be recessed beneath the skin for high speed travel!

There were several excellent displays for the public to admire.
Marisco were among many who offerred visitors the chance to test taste - here Anchovies in brine are being sampled.
Its that kind of day when the youngsters get roped in to help Dad out!

Nick's tuna is now on its way to the auction hall.
For Robin Turner to auction.
John Lansley from the Cornwall Fisheries Resource Centre demonstrates to a youthful audience the finer points of a dover sole.

Robin Turner's traditional fish auction is massively popular and one of the highlights of the festival every year. Gourmet asian cooking tempted many to tantalise their taste buds!

Over in Penzance wet dock large blocks of wood mysteriously appeared at the entrance.
At anchor off the back of the North Quay the Ibis, orginally built for the Lakeman family of Mevagissey in the fifties.

Out in the Bay, The MCA tug Anglian Princess, going through her weekly fire monitor maintenance put on a dazzling display for visitors to the festival.