Archive for the ‘IOM Sea food’ Category

It was great to read recently in the Isle of Man Examiner that the Agriculture Minister Phil Gawne has backed the local producers of the Isle of Man to support marketing and sales with £290k allocated to Pure Produce Isle of Man organisation.

I was privileged enough to go away in November with the Isle of Man Pure Produce group to the BBC Good Food Show at the Birmingham NEC. I was there supporting my mate Tim Croft from Island Seafare who is just one of the producers making up the Isle of Man Pure Produce contingent. It was great fun made even more so by the fact that Tim had arranged for The Hairy Bikers to come along and support the Isle of Man stand even cooking up some great recipes whilst they were there. What was clearly evident from the start of the show was the amount of dedication and passion these producers have for their produce and it was clear that everyone was supporting each other and really believed in what they were doing. Food today is very much a passion for people, we see this with the rise of the ‘Celebrity Chef’, the shear number of TV programmes now focusing on cooking and also more recently The Big Food Fight campaign on Channel 4 undertaken by a number of high profile chefs, bringing to the public’s attention just what is happening in our food industries at the moment, much of which is at the cost of health to not only the livestock being raised but also to our children and much of our western society today with the rise of obesity!

Bringing this back to the Isle of Man. I do hope that this financial backing is just the start of something great for the islands producers, what I think is now needed is business and marketing support to assist with developing new supply networks and promoting the great Isle of Man produce in an effective 21st century way that will appeal to a wider market outside the Isle of Man. And I managed to say something positive about the Isle of Government in this post!

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Well, just done all my food shopping this year, tried to do more local shopping and use local suppliers and producers as much as possible this year! Got my fish and seafood from Island Seafare, Turkey from Fentons butchers, beef joint was from Tesco – but it is sourced locally from Isle of Man Meat and I bought some of the local Isle of Man Chedder from the Isle of Man Creameries! Next year I will try and make even more of an effort and get all my vegetables locally as well.

Next year I am gonna aim for a Manx Pure Produce Christmas – bring it on!

Merry Christmas everyone!

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I was helping a friend out at the BBC Good Food Show a the Birmingham NEC. We were part of the Isle of Man Pure Produce stand which was situated on area T130. Thing was it was the best stand in the show and I am not being biased! Reason being was two things. (more…)

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Anyone see the Saturday Kitchen recently with the Hairy Bikers as guests of James Martin? Si and Dave (The Hairy Bikers) were an absolute pair of stars. Firstly they didn’t stop plugging the great seafood from Tim and Paddy Croft down at Island Seafare, Port St Mary and secondly they couldn’t stop talking about the fantastic Manx produce that the Isle of Man has to offer including great organic vegatables, local lamb, beef and pork it was great to see the pair of them so enthusiatic about the Isle of Man produce and also the Manx TT.

I think Dave even droppped it in on the show saying ” I hope the Isle of Man Tourist Board are watching?’.

I dont know if watching would be good enough – taking action would be better!

Any way it was just great to see the Hairy Biker lads bigging up the great produce of the Isle of Man and all it has to offer! Well done boys! It was great.

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If your into your sea food, and I mean serious sea food, you should visit Island Seafare. Island Seafare was established in 1991 and now provides the best Manx sea food you can get your hands on, from fresh king and queen scallops fished from the clear waters surrounding the Isle of Man to fresh Lobster, smoked Salmon, Mackeral and of course Manx Kippers.Island Seafare only provide the best produce and work closely with the local Isle of Man fishermen, to ensure that measures are taken to prevent over fishing and conserve the local richness of the Irish Sea.Island Seafare are based in Port St Mary, where you can purchase the fish daily from Paddys Market, they also supply local retail and Isle of Man restauranters, but they now offer a fantastic mail order service via the Island Seafare website where you can have the finest Isle of Man seafood delivered direct to your door. The vacuum packing service ensures that the produce reaches you in the best possible quality, delivered to you first class.The Island Seafare website is generally very good for undertaking your seafood shopping and once you have placed your order, you can also browse through the many local Isle of Man seafood recipies just to tantilise your tastebuds even further!Recipies include Manx Jugged Kippers, Isle of Man Grilled Herring, Isle of Man Priddas and Herring, Isle of Man Scallops in White Wine Butter, to name but a few.In my opinion if you want the best local Isle of Man seafood, the catch of the day is definatley Island Seafare.Contact:Island SeafareThe QuayPort Saint MaryIsle of ManIM9 5EATel (+44)01624 834494Fax (+44)01624 835550E-mail: enquiries@islandseafare.co.ukFresh Isle of Man seafood at its finest.

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