Dan The Fish Man

Bideford Quay Easter Farmers Market

This Saturday (19th April) Bideford quay sees the return of local producers selling fresh goods. Come and enjoy the delights of Devon's larder between 9am and 2pm.

The first regular market of the season will be offering locals and visitors a wide range of goods including fish, meat, plants, vegetables, hot food, ice cream, pies and pasties, and more.

Dan the fishman and market chairman says 'As an association we now have taken over running the quay markets from Torridge District Council. It will now be run by the producers ourselves. We would like to thank the Council for running them in the past. We would also like to thank our loyal customers who have supported us through the atrocious winter weather while we have been at our winter home in Jubilee Square, Bideford. Now we have further space to expand the regular market along the quay, we are looking for new food producers to join us'.

For further information on pitch availability please contact Chris on 01409281481

Note to editors: Therre will be a photo opportunity Saturday 19th April, at the 9.30 official opening with a Councillor from Bideford Town Council.

My Western Morning News feature

I was delighted to be interviewed by Martin Hesp for the Western Morning News. I met him on Northam Burrows and we went cockling in the mud. We picked some cockles and then cooked them up them with some local fish. Martin found the finished dish 'sweet and utterly delicious'. Read the article by clicking on the links below. And don't forget to try the recipe for Three Fish Thermidor. It's mouth-watering!

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Two special Bideford Christmas Markets!

Christmas Market, Monday 23 December, 9am to 1pm, Jubilee Square

Bideford Farmers Market Association has teamed up with town pannier market traders to hold an extra Christmas market in the heart of the town.

This special event is being organized by the local Chamber of Commerce, with funding from the government’s ‘Mary Portas Town Centre Rejuvenation  Scheme’.

I’m delighted, because this initiative shows how the whole town can work successfully together to create an exciting event at this special season of the year.

So make sure you come and support our local businesses! Thrilling live music from local musicians will provide extra festive cheer!


Bideford Farmers’ Market, Saturday 21 December, 9-1pm, Jubilee Square

Once again, you’re guaranteed a great time, and the chance to buy some terrific bargains for Christmas. Live music from local musicians will keep you on your feet.

I’m market chairman, and I believe I’m speaking for everyone when I say that the support for our regular food markets has been tremendous. North Devon’s food producers would like to say a united ‘THANK YOU’ to all our loyal supporters.

I look forward to seeing you on my fish stall.

Happy Fishmas to all!

Extra market dates for an even Happier Fishmas!

Saturday 7 December: Rosemoor Gardens
Sunday 8 December: Crediton Farmers’ Market
Sunday 8 December: South Molton Fatstock Show
Saturday 14 December: Bideford Jubilee Square
Saturday 21 December: The Big Sheep
Sunday 22 December: Crediton Farmers’ Market
Monday 23 December: Bideford Jubilee Square
Christmas Eve 24 December: South Molton

These dates are extras to my usual market days. To make sure I can get exactly what you want at this busy time of the year, please place your orders as early as possible. I’ve delicious specials arriving from this week onwards, fresh for Christmas.

Note: I’ve only a few lobsters left swimming in the tank that are not already earmarked, so make a grab for them while you can! Also French made terrines, and coquilles St. Jacks - I recommend these highly, and they’re a snip at only a fiver.

See you soon! Phone your orders to me on 07970 932 566

Bideford Farmers' Market Saturday 'Cook-In', 23 November

Come along to Jubilee Square this Saturday for a special treat! As well as browsing the regular local stalls you can enjoy a special free tasting of cooked local mussels (9am to 1pm).

I'll be there with my Seafood Kitchen, and I'll be joined by Phoebe Chope, and we'll be cooking up tasty local Appledore mussels.

Phoebe’s mussels are superb, and packed with goodness. Phoebe was born in Bideford and now lives in Appledore. She's a highly talented chef and passionate about our local produce. Her partner Martin Shute was a salmon fisherman in his youth, and they decided  to set up 'Torridge Oysters and Mussels' to sell their beautiful and delicious local seafood produce to local restaurants.

It’s great to be selling a really fresh local product now that the waters of the Taw and Torridge estuaries are cleaner and healthier. I look forward to seeing you!

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