Royal Show: Fairy floss, rides and now WA seafood
Who doesn’t love the Royal Show – the smell of fairy floss wafting through the air, the multitude of rides for those adventure seekers and now… catering to seafood lovers… WA fish and chips.
CEO of WAFIC John Harrison said that WAFIC had an indirect presence at the Royal Show this year with a fish and chip station overseen by WA seafood ambassador and local renowned chef Don Hancey at the Taste WA pavilion.
“WAFIC had decided to continue our partnership with the Royal Agriculture Society this year. Our station at the Taste WA pavilion last year was so popular in 2016 we ended up donating a further 100kg of fish. This year we supplied WA Food Ambassador Don Hancey with 360kg of Spanish Mackerel so that he could cook up a storm for the hungry crowds,” he said.
Chef Don Hancey said that Taste WA proved to be an extremely popular attraction in 2016 and was back again in 2017.
“Taste WA is the precinct for the ultimate foodie experience. This year crowds had the opportunity to meet with award winning producers and sample their products. The pavilion supports our WA fishing, farming and agriculture industries.”
“This year I created a diverse menu so that visitors had the opportunity to choose from a range of delicious dishes. As WAFIC sponsored fish this year, we decided to create melt-in-your-mouth panko crumbed Spanish mackerel with Manjimup chips – one that the whole family can enjoy. Over the course of the 8 days we expect to sell 2000 serves averaging 250 per day.”
Supplier of the Spanish Mackerel, John Cordin from Fins, said that the fish is renowned for its medium to strong taste.
“Spanish Mackerel is line caught out of Broome and yes, it is known for its strong flavour but it is a versatile fish that can be served as grilled, crumbed or battered.
“Personally, I like it plain and simple with a bit of butter and salt and pepper.
WAFIC Chief Executive Officer John Harrison said the event was a success and he hoped for a repeat performance next year.