Dan The Fish Man

Plymouth Seafood Festival, 27th and 28th September

If you love fresh fish and seafood, this fantastic two-day event, held on the weekend of the 27th and 28th September, is not to be missed.

I’ll be there with my barrow, and not just selling the best of the West Country fish, but cooking up my famous chowder, each scrumptious portion sold in an artisan bread bowl. And make sure you try my delicious mussels and muscadet.

Why not ask me to cook up some fishy delight that you have a fancy for?

It promises to be an enjoyable occasion for the kids, too. I’m running workshops where they prepare their own fish fingers, and make the acquaintance of live lobsters. So make sure you bring along your children so they can join in the fun.

This is a truly wonderful celebration of the very best in West Country fish and seafood, and I’m proud and delighted to be a part of it.

New! Fresh Fish Fridays

Everyone loves Appledore. The rich maritime atmosphere, the picturesque cottages and narrow streets, the waters of Bideford Bay lapping gently away at the quay. It’s like stepping back in time.

Whether you’re a local or a visitor, why not come and chat to me on my barrow at the south end of Appledore quay every Friday between 4pm and 5pm?

I’ll be displaying and selling some of our finest local fresh prime fish and seafoods, including smoked fish and shellfish.

It should be a treat! I look forward to seeing you.

Back in the swing of things after a welcome break in the sun

Well, I’d be telling fibs if I said I didn’t enjoy a welcome holiday from my dark, half-four-in-the-morning market starts. I’ve been to the south of France with my family, enjoying sun, hot sands, deep blue seas - and swimming with fish rather than trying to catch them!

But it’s great to be back in North Devon. And what a way to ease myself back into the swing of things! I’m just been to the Newlyn Fish Festival in Penzance. This hugely popular event took place on Bank Holiday Monday, and in spite of an ominous damp start, everyone was delighted when the clouds cleared and the sun shone.

Penzance and Newlyn being such important fishing centres, it’s no surprise that fish were the centrepiece of the event. I was there with my barrow, offering visitors and locals the very best of local fish, as well as cooking up some delicious seafood specials. Regulars will know that my mission is to promote the very best of West Country fish, and I was pleased to be working alongside Tim King of the splendid Cockleshell Deli.

There was plenty to entertain the large crowds. Stalls and stands from all over the Devon and Cornwall filled the harbour, the Penlee lifeboat put on a thrilling display, pilot gigs raced each other round the bay, budding chefs enjoyed cookery masterclasses, and live music put everyone in a party mood. The kids weren’t forgotten either. There were fun fish workshops where they could see live lobsters close up and share the passion for fishy delights.

I was delighted to welcome visitors and locals alike, and made some great new friends. I’d like to thank all of the boats and fishermen who contribute so much to make this event the huge success it has become.

A grand day out on Lundy

Well, our trip to Lundy didn’t disappoint. It was a grand day out. And what a splendid crossing we enjoyed in the M S Oldenburg! Sailing to Lundy feels like a proper sea voyage, so make sure you try it. The weather throughout couldn’t have been kinder – very different from the last time I went in the Clovelly lifeboat. Conditions then were slightly more challenging, with the wind and waves breathtaking!

It was huge fun cooking up a seafood picnic on what is probably the most remote beach in Devon.

I’d like to thank the captain and crew of the Oldenburg, my team, and the staff on Lundy Island, for their enthusiasm and support. They helped make it a truly great day out.

I’m looking forward to a return trip next year.

An early start with ITV

I thought I got up early for my weekly markets. But work with TV people and you learn what an early start really is - 3.20am!

But it was well worth it. On Monday the 9th of June I spent the day filming with ITV at Appledore. I took the 2010 winner of Celebrity Masterchef, the charming actress Lisa Faulkner, out in a boat lobster fishing. She thoroughly enjoyed it. Afterwards we landed back at Appledore Quay where I’d set up my mobile kitchen and we barbecued the lobster she’d caught. It was mouthwatering. Finally, we filleted some great quality sustainable local pollock for her to take away to cook up in her holiday kitchen.

Watch this space to find out the broadcast date.

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