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Market shoppers inspired by chefs

A talented line-up of chefs entertained and informed hundreds of city centre shoppers.


They offered inspiration, advice and guidance on cooking and entertaining with seafood.

Their programme of free events took place in the heart of the city, at the Swansea Council-run Swansea Market from September 9-13. Now their recipes are available to all - simply visit the market website.

Robert Francis-Davies, the council's cabinet member for investment, regeneration and tourism, said: "This was a great opportunity for the people of Swansea to enjoy the market, the city centre and the experience of high-quality professional chefs.

"It was a lovely event to have in the city and added to the rich range of activities going on in this year, our 50th anniversary as a city."

Chefs who appeared include Shane Davies-Nilsson, of Gower College Swansea, Imran Nathoo, of Kitchen Clonc, and Martin Davies, of north Gower's Britannia Inn. Others included Nerys Howells and Sian Day.

Dishes highlighted include crab salad on a tapioca crisp with foraged sea herbs, mackerel tacos, local fish pie, Gower salt and pepper cockle popcorn and cockle chowder with laverbread sourdough.

All seafood and other ingredients were locally sourced and available at the market.

Compere for the seafood cookery demonstrations was Wales-based radio and TV presenter George Reed. Others present included wine merchants Cheers, Radnor Preserves and Tourism Swansea Bay.

The audience sampled the food and tasted complementary wines. Free recipe cards were handed out and visitors bought ingredients from market traders.

Event organisers were the Swansea Bay Fisheries Local Action Group (SBFLAG) that's managed by Swansea Council. It operates across Swansea, Neath Port Talbot, Bridgend and Burry Port.

This project has received funding through the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund, which is funded by the European Union and the Welsh Government.

By 2020 SBFLAG would like to see its community-led programme, which promotes and supports co-operation and partnership working, help deliver successful, sustainable, economically viable local fishing and associated industries, aware of the sector's heritage and equipped to meet current and future challenges.

Partners include the Welsh Fishermen's Association/South and West Wales Fishing Communities Ltd, Seafish Wales and the Swansea Port Health Services.

Private sector representation includes Tourism Swansea Bay, commercial fishermen, the Mumbles Development Trust, the Swansea Environment Forum, Salacia Marine and Fowey Shellfish.

Public sector representation includes Swansea Council, Neath Port Talbot Council, Bridgend Council, Carmarthenshire Council, Swansea Marina Management and Natural Resources Wales.



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