Welsh Fish is the catch of the day at Gwledd Conwy Feast

23 October 2013

A brand new Seafood Marquee will be the catch of the day at Gwledd Conwy Feast on the weekend of the 26 and 27 October 2013.  Cywain Fisheries have bought together the very best Welsh fish chefs, produce and local companies together so visitors can enjoy the tantalising tastes of fish sea bass, oysters and even homemade fishfingers!


Cywain Fisheries*, a Menter a Busnes added value project, will have a full day of activity from 10.00am until 5:00pm on both days.  Assisting them at the new Seafood Marquee will be:

·         Michelin star chef Bryan Webb of Tyddyn Llan, Corwen;

·         top Welsh speaking chef from Pwllheli, Mel Thomas

·         Llandudno’s quality fish and seafood company, Mermaid Seafood represented by Wayne Jones

·         local Conwy Valley fish and chip proprietor, Wyn Williams, of Tir a Môr, Llanrwst


“We’ll have a kitchen on site and an opportunity for visitors to see the chefs cooking a variety of delicious fish dishes,” explains Caroline Dawson, Cywain Fisheries Development Manager.


“In addition, we’ll have a large fresh seafood stand, where customers can see what’s currently in season in Welsh waters. We’ll also be able to offer advice and assistance on how to cook different species of fish, as people buy different products.


“People can find the new Seafood Marquee on the quayside, near the Conwy Mussels building,” Caroline added.


The timetable of events for both days at the Seafood Marquee include:

11.00 - Caroline Dawson (Cywain) – Fish for Kids

Caroline, Cywain Fisheries expert, will be cooking simple fish dishes kids can cook at home with their parents. Plaice Goujons with homemade tartare sauce and quick fish fingers will be on the menu. The recipes are all part of Cywain’s Welsh Fish campaign available at the Marquee.

12.00 - Wayne Jones (Mermaid Seafoods) – Fish Filleting Masterclass

Mermaid Seafoods, Llandudno, has, for 25 years enjoyed a great reputation for supplying quality fish and seafood to its customers. Fresh and frozen fish is sold to wholesale and retail customers and at Gwledd Conwy Feast, the seafood stand at the Marquee will be plentiful. Wayne’s expert skills will demonstrate the slippery art of filleting fish.  At the marquee filleting local sea bass, flounder, dog fish plus dressing crab will be on the menu.

13.00 – Wyn Williams (Tir a Môr, Llanrwst) – Frying Masterclass

Welsh speaking Wyn will share his in-depth knowledge on fish frying. Running his family owned fish and chip shop and restaurant at Llanrwst, his bilingual masterclass will also share the importance of buying sustainable fish.

14.00 - Bryan Webb (Tyddyn Llan, Corwen) – Welsh Seafood. 

Delicious fish dishes will be cooked by top chef Bryan Webb in the seafood kitchen. He will cook a range of recipes, specially created for Cywain as part of its national Welsh Fish campaign, - including Welsh Sea Bass with Laverbread butter sauce and baked Oysters with Laverbread and Perl Las cheese. 

15.00 - Melfyn Thomas (Chef) – Shellfish Masterclass

Mel is a recognised chef across north Wales and spent a number of years working as a chef on S4C.  The Welsh speaker from Pwllheli will demonstrate how to prepare succulent shellfish, including crab, lobster and other local seasonal delicacies.  Mel will be on hand to answer questions bilingually on the best way to dress a crab or how to cook a lobster.


“This event is part of our Wales wide campaign to promote Welsh Fish, which we launched earlier this year,” Caroline Dawson explains. “Our specially created material will be available to customers at Gwledd Conwy, an integral part of the campaign to promote the benefits of eating Welsh fish.  Included is a bilingual coloured fish information pack (supported by ‘Seafish’), with names and specific images of fish together with cooking tips.  As part of the package, a bilingual consumer poster guide to Welsh fish has also been carefully designed, together with tantalising recipe cards. 


Cywain Fisheries offers companies and individuals unprecedented access to support, free expert advice and high quality business mentoring, making it easier for them to find new markets and better promote their services and products.


The project is funded through the European Fisheries Fund with match funding from the Welsh Government. 


For more information regarding Welsh Fish go to www.menterabusnes.co.uk/cywainpysgod.  If you would like to access support from Cywain Fisheries email: cywainpysgod@menterabusnes.co.uk or call 01970 636565

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