Port city to host top seafood awards
ONE of early Fremantle’s biggest and most successful industries was fishing, so there are few better places to host the 2017 WA Seafood Industry Awards than right in the heart of the port city.
Some of the State’s best chefs including Don Hancey, Josh Catalano, Norfolk Hotel’s Jamie Evans and Don Tapa’s Stuart Laws will all be presenting dishes at the WA Fishing Industry Council-run awards (WAFIC) night, which recognises the best in seafood cuisine, business and industry.
Hancey said the delicious food attendees could look forward to tasting included peel mullet, lightly smoked over banksia with a dusting of lemon myrtle and blue swimmer crab and cheese balls.
“My involvement with WAFIC goes back decades and as the WA Food Ambassador I have helped orchestrate a top bunch of WA chefs who have a great track record for using and showcasing WA’s world-class seafood, some of which you will get to taste at the State Seafood Awards,” he said.
“It is great to be among a like-minded group of chefs who have a real passion for seafood and of course the 250 or so guests who are in for a seafood treat.
“Awards like this help spread the knowledge that the WA seafood industry is recognised as one of the best managed fisheries in the world and actually leads the way in sustainable fisheries that have achieved and maintain MSC Certification.”
A WAFIC spokeswoman said attendance to the traditionally sold-out event would also be open to the public for the first time in its history. “This year, the decision was made to open it to the public to encourage lovers of seafood to attend and enjoy a sumptuous feast with some of the best WA-sourced seafood ingredients, whilst learning about the successes one of WA’s most innovative and diverse industries,” she said.
The 2017 WA Seafood Industry Awards is on August 3 at the Esplanade Hotel. Tickets are $85 and are available from here: bit.ly/stateseafoodawards.
Chefs Stuart Laws, Josh Catalano and Don Hancey get ready for the awards.