Action Behind 2019 Mandurah Crab Fest
Wow… if we were given a dollar for the amount of times we heard ‘WHYYY would I try that… mullet is a bait fish’ – over the two-day festival, we’d probably be millionaires! But that was the whole point of this year’s joint #waseafood/ Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) stall at the 2019 Mandurah Crab Fest – EDUCATION about WA’s sustainable seafood industry, lesser known species and our fishing families.
On offer to the hungry crowds this year was smoked Peel mullet (infused with fennel and lemon myrtle) samples created by renown WA food chef Don Hancey and Mendolia Seafoods marinated sardines. Although staff endured looks of dire shock when community members were offered a sardine or mullet tester (think a few people broke out into a sweat), it was the sheer appreciation after the taste that made it all worth it.
Highlights included two 90-year old’s who LOVED sardines and publicly announced this love (making our job easy), a young boy who had never tried a sardine before but could not stop raving about them after the taste test, Rick Ardon (channel 7 news anchor) kissing a Mandurah mullet with Don Hancey on the main cooking stage and My Kitchen Rules contestants dropping into the stall to learn more about #waseafood.
There were questions, comments (a few debates here and there), thankyous for the chance to learn about WA’s great primary industry and people wanting to know where they can BUY local seafood.
We would like to acknowledge Rikki Hillman, a generational, Exmouth beach seine commercial fisher and Damien Bell, a Peel-Harvey commercial fisher who assisted with the promotion of WA’s commercial fishing industry over the weekend. It’s this passion and enthusiasm from industry members which makes these events worthwhile.
Concluding, that is what festivals like this are all about – an opportunity for the community to ‘get to know their local fisher’ and walk away with ‘the actual facts’ about WA’s well-managed commercial fishing industry.
As we told many people over the two-day festival – if you want safe, fresh and sustainably caught local seafood – you need to support your local industry. Jump on board and support #waseafood today.
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