Brixham Fish Festival makes welcome return –

Brixham Fish Festival makes welcome return Published:  11 January, 2010

THE Brixham Fish Festival – one of the largest and most important seafood showcases in the UK – will be back again this year.

The popular annual event was cancelled in 2009 amid much disappointment because essential modernisation work was still being carried out on Brixham Fish Market and it would not have been practical to go ahead with it.

The date for the return festival is Saturday, September 11th. A spokeswoman for Torbay Council, said the new festival would follow the successful format of previous years, but she expected it to be bigger and better than ever. Called Fishstock, the festival is used to raise funds for the port’s fishermen’s mission which lost at least £8,000 following the cancellation of the 2009 event.

The news has been welcomed by the Devon fishing industry and seafood lovers alike. Jim Portus, who helps to organise the show, said it would be a delightful mix of quality seafood, music and showcase for the local fishing industry. It usually draws several thousand visitors, many of them holidaymakers from the big cities who otherwise would not get a chance to see how the industry operates and how the seafood gets to their plates at home. Mr Portus said Devon had an excellent reputation for quality fish and it was only right that it should be properly recognised. On a more practical level, Brixham’s new showcase fish market, which is costing £17-million over a two stage development, has been up and running since the summer with fish processors working in a modern setting.