Learn to Love Fish

Supported by North Devon AONB Sustainable Development Fund we have run some great community events this year: 

Including a Family Fun session with a herring quiz and Cook and Taste session with local winter fish at the Yarner Trust in February.As well as a screening of "A Maese of Herring ", a North Devon Museum film which was 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 2013.

Community demonstrations were held at Fish Stock, Brixham, Devon September 2013 and at Allways Apples Day, Devonport October 2013. 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 2012. 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 Friday, 19th 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.
If your own youth group would like a camp fire event, with local 'seasonal' fish, please contact us.

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.