Inside the Fish Market

Cooking with our leading local chefs

Fresh fish auction action

Everything you need to know about fish but were afraid to ask!

Wise up about the fishing industry in the Learning Zone


The Fish market plays host to all things fishy at the festival – from Dan the Fishman’s fish cooking for kids, a range of tasty hot and cold fish dishes to feed you and your family, the Learning Zone to get the latest information on sourcing and eating fish sustainably, Passionate About Fish’s huge fish display to a day of fish cooking from some of best chefs in the west!


Every year a stunning fish display, created by Sue and Duncan Lucas of Passionate About Fish, is the centrepiece of the Fish Market and a showcase for the vast array of species which are landed in Newlyn.

Duncan and Sue Lucas are totally Passionate About Fish, and not just in name. Trustees of The Fishermen’s Mission for several years, they were both recognised for their valuable contributions to the charity with special awards earlier this year. Sue is ‘living the dream’ by running their flourishing fishmongers in Camberley Surrey which they opened in December 2014.


Even if you can’t tell a fish’s head from its tail, your hake form your haddock by the end of the day, by the time you have seen all the fish displays and fish cooking demonstrations you will . To cap it all, you can bid for your supper at one of two fish auctions conducted by auctioneer Edward Buckland. Don’t miss the Newlyn fish festival fish auctions – Have fun and bag yourself a bargain!


12.45 Fish Auction 1 with Edward Buckland
16.15 Fish Auction 2 with Edward Buckland


A huge thank you in advance to our local boat owners who donate all the fish.  You know who you are!


Hosted by Annie Siebert of My Fish Kitchen, join us for some of the finest fish cookery in the fish capital of England. By the end of the day you’ll know your ‘addock from your ‘ake, learn how to best prepare them and you’ll come away with great recipe ideas.  Don’t forget you can buy straight from the fish auctions during the day to take home and try out new recipes from the day.

Don’t be shy! Voice your questions, our chefs will love to answer them.

All the fish for these demonstrations were landed to the fish market here in Newlyn

  Fish cooking with Ben Prior from Ben’s Kitchen, Marazion.
  Fish fantastic with Nick Evans straight from Rick Stein’s Fish School, Padstow.
Keeping the kids entertained with Sanjay Kumar in his own inimitable style!
  session with Keeping it real with Dave Izzard & Terry from Penwith College’s Senara restaurant training kitchen.
  The craft of Celtic fish cooking with Scotsman Bruce Rennie from Penzance’s newest and award winning fish restaurant, the Shore, Penzance

Your host throughout the day in the fish market fish kitchen is Annie Siebert of My Fish Kitchen, a seafood cookery school in Mawnan Smith, Falmouth. At My Fish Kitchen, Annie will teach you how to fillet and cook ten types of Cornish fish. The cookery is kept very simple, enabling you to taste the perfectly cooked fish – a real foodie day for the beginner or the more advanced cook. or phone 01326 250642.

Cornwall Good Seafood Guide

Meet and talk to the Cornwall Seafood Guide team at the festival in The Learning Zone in the fish market hall where they will be presenting educational and fun talks on Cornish fishing throughout the day.

Cornish seafood is legendary for its quality and freshness but now it will also get the recognition it deserves for its sustainability.

Many locals, and visitors to Cornwall don’t find it easy to buy local seafood, and many people are put off as they are unsure what to choose. It can be bewildering as we have well over 70 species of seafood landed every day to Cornish ports, and additionally, people are concerned about how sustainable the fish they are offered is.

Well now, thanks to Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s project, Cornwall Good Seafood Guide, all the information you need is available on one easy-to-use website which will help us all make much better informed choices when choosing Cornish seafood.

Cornwall Good Seafood Guide is the result of a two year project funded by Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Fisheries Local Action Group using MMO and EU Fisheries Fund money. The user-friendly guide developed in close partnership with the fishing industry, marine biologists, restauranteurs and fish merchants and processors also features local suppliers of seafood, fishermen and restaurants, recipes, news articles can be found here: Cornwall Good Seafood Guide Website.