Events in 2015 

event 2015 - appledore

Events in 2014

Felicity’s Fish Cookery through the seasons

Earlier in 2014 we ran some Petroc College “Tipping the Scales” cookery classes and demonstrations for over 100 people from 5 to 85 years old in Holsworthy, Bideford, Westward Ho!, Appledore, Shebbear, Pilton, Barnstaple, and South Molton.

a few examples:

Preserved fish and Crab preparation demonstration
24 September  Appledore, St Mary's Church Hall

Winter Sustainable Fish Buffet and discussion
22 October at the Happy Cafe, Westward Ho! 

Other events:

Fabulous Thursday Fish *FREE* Event
30 October 30 at St Mary's Church Hall, Appledore
Stalls; Autumn Fish Demonstration; Children's Workshop and Lunch to eat in or take away.

Thursday 17 July and 14 August at St Mary's Church Hall, Appledore
Summer fish and shellfish preparation and demonstration with fish stall and crafts

Shellfish Preparation Demonstration
3 & 26 July at St Mary's Church Hall, Appledore as part of the Appledore Summer Festival programme
Crab preparation and tasting
Lobster Hypnotism Preparation and tasting
Octopus and Squid Preparation and tasting.

Fish on a Budget
7 May at Bideford College  
This class looked at using less popular summer fish: we prepared red gurnard with celery, apple and walnuts, megrim fish and chips, smoked pollack and mushroom lasagne and a hot squid salad.  Students could prepare and taste all recipes and take a dish home.

Delicious Summer Fish
8 May at Pilton College
We prepared recipes with scallops, plaice, smoked mackerel and mixed fish thermidor or grey mullet with avocado riata. Preparation of fish was demonstrated and students repeated the cooking of all the dishes including two plaice recipes and red white and green scallops. We ended with a taster supper and all students took home a dish for two.

Also at Bideford College -

Fish 4 Easter on 3 April looked at preparing international traditional dishes and seasonal dishes for the holiday such as seasonal pollock gravadlax.

On 11 April we showed a DVD on fishing in Clovelly, with a quiz, basic fish preparation and cooking for simple lunch.

Salt Cod tasting and talk was held on 22 February at Burton Art Gallery and Museum, Bideford, Devon.

Cod fishing on the Newfoundland banks was a very extensive activity for hundreds of years, with fishermen from Portugal, Norway and also from North Devon travelling to fish off the Newfoundland Banks of Canada’s east coast.

Salt Cod or Tow Rag was sold from Boyles grocers shop in Appledore and the two fishmonger shops in Bideford until a few years ago. The salt cod was always displayed outside the shop in Market Street.

15 people joined us to look at why and how the cod was dried and salted. They also sampled recipes from Portugal and Norway, where salt cod dishes are viewed as national dishes, and local recipes were enjoyed: including a salt cod pate made with olive oil, garlic, parsley and cream.

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Community work 2013 

Learn to Love Fish

Supported by North Devon AONB Sustainable Development Fund we ran some great community events

A Family Fun session with a herring quiz and Cook and Taste session with local winter fish at the Yarner Trust in February.There was also a screening of "A Maese of Herring ", a North Devon Museum film  followed by a quiz and cookery session with a taster lunch for 15 parents and children arranged by Route 39 Free School.

Mackerel and Trout School Sessions took place at St Mary's Primary School, Bideford in May.

Community demonstrations were held at Fish Stock, Brixham, Devon September 2013 and at Allways Apples Day, Devonport October. This last session was held during the half term holiday and involved lots of young families from Plymouth and Devonport. A smoked mackerel and apple dip/paté was prepared and tasted. The hot roasted conger eel wrapped in bacon or prosciutto ham and baked on a bed of apple and onions was judged "to work very well together” by Miles who watched and tasted all the demonstrations with his sister Katherine and Granny Enid!


A Crabs and Lobster Demonstration at Appledore Community Hall was held in June. We looked at how to prepare local brown and less eaten spider crabs and lobsters including how and why to hypnotise a lobster.
Part of the Appledore Visual Arts Festival 2012 programme

School visits in 2011

Brilliant Fish visited the year 5 children at Appledore Primary School in September. The class tasted smoked trout, salmon, crab and lobster and saw how to cook and prepare them. They enjoyed seeing a lobster hypnotised and making fish paté for all to try. The school said “Although some children said they didn’t ever eat fish, I am delighted with how many tried what was on offer.”

Campfire gathering in August

On 19 August, we held a campfire gathering at Indigo's Adventure Playground, near Brixham.
Some 15 children, parents and helpers, enjoyed fresh mackerel baps, and boiled potatoes, with fried green peppers and sardines. Everyone, including the children, were involved in the preparation of the fish and vegetables.
All agreed that fish baps were 'better than' beefburgers.
This event was conducted by Brilliant Fish chef, Felicity. She says that some of the children were introduced to the taste of fresh fish, remarkably, for the first time.

Working with Tamar Valley Schools
in 2011

On 12 July at St Dominic School we ran a trout workshop for 8 boys aged 8 – 11, their teacher and one mother helper. After looking at both rainbow and golden trout everyone had fun making and tasting the trout paté recipe below which was shared with parents at collecting time.

During our Fishy Feast workshop with St Mellion School on 16 June we looked at trout with 18 children aged 8 – 11, their teacher and 3 mums. After preparing the trout the children rolled the fish in parsley and crushed nuts and all the group joined in to make a delicious smoked trout paté which they served on decorated biscuits to all the collecting parents at the end of school.

See our paté recipe on the recipe page!

Sustainable Fish event

On 19 June Brilliant Fish was at the Totnes Good Food Market where we gave away information on sustainable fish and a range of recipes to use with them to over 500 people.