So here we are, halfway through 2018, and, after a quiet winter, it’s becoming a busy and successful time for the Favis family.
Between January and April our boat was based in Scotland fishing out of Oban, as it is very quiet off the south coast at that time of year. As usual we did see a high demand for crab during the week-long Chinese New Year celebrations in February. They may not have a Year of the Crab, but they certainly enjoy eating it on special occasions – China is one of our biggest export markets.
In March it was we who were hoping to do some celebrating, with an evening dedicated to Salcombe crab at the South Sands Hotel. Unfortunately Mother Nature had other ideas and with a rare dollop of snow on the area the ‘Cracking Crab’ evening had to be postponed until the Autumn. But another event at the hotel, a Suppliers’ Evening, proved a great night out for Laura who went along with her partner Ali. They enjoyed a fabulously prepared meal, using all local ingredients, they caught up with other suppliers including The Bakehouse and the Salcombe Meat Company, and had a great nights stay at this stunning hotel.
Our boat,the Emma Jane returned to Salcombe at the end of April and went to Polruan in Cornwall for her annual maintenance and a paint-up, she was back up and ready to return to sea at the beginning of May.
May saw the annual conference of the Shellfish Association of Great Britain in London, and Nigel and Kevin attended this event at the very impressive Fishmongers’ Hall near London Bridge. They got to meet fellow fishermen and hear some great speakers including George Eustice MP and Libby Woodhatch, who had recently been appointed as Executive Chair of the governing body for the responsible supplying of marine ingredients. There was also a black-tie dinner with a speech by the Radio 2 food and drink presenter, Nigel Barden.
Also in May was the Salcombe Crabfest, which is only in its third year but really going from strength to strength. This year’s celebrity chef was Matt Tebbut and it was great to see him again after his successful visit last year.It really was a lovely day, the weather was gorgeous, sunny and dry. And we completely sold out of our wonderful dressed crab and crab cocktails.
In the last few months Kevin, Michael and Nigel’s son Sam, our apprentice, all boosted their qualifications through a course on fork-lift driving with RCSC training – they thoroughly enjoyed it and all passed. Kevin & Sam also passed their HGV licence this year, another arrow to theirbow.
We’ve had some great photos taken for our new website by photographer Steve Haywood, which we hope you enjoy looking at.
As always, we’ve put in our entries for a couple of prestigious awards. Last year our crab won Gold in the Taste of the West awards, and in the Food and Drink Devon awards – fingers crossed for 2018.