Port city to host top seafood awards

Fremantle Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d471002

Chefs Stu­art Laws, Josh Cata­lano and Don Hancey get ready for the awards.

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