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SEAFOOD has been the theme this week, culminating in the Llyen Seafood Festival at Pwllheli today and tomorrow. It is the event not to miss as it has become established as a true local food festival.

Shellfish was top of the agenda this week in London with the Shellfish Association of Great Britain conference and dinner.

Spider crab from Wales was on the menu and Dan Burgess presented a paper on the Welsh Seafood Strategy, while I delivered one on shellfish and wine. Wales was well represented and I selected the wines for the dinner.

I schose Rotari Brut Metodo Classico Cuvee 28, Mezzacorona, Trentino, Italy to accompany oysters with a chilli crust and salsa.

This creamy, sparkling wine from northern Italy has the purity of the air of the Dolomites with the clean fruit of the chardonnay. Its long, zesty finish intensified the mineral taste of the oysters.

We followed with Quincy, Domaine Trotereau 2009 Loire, France to accompany the Welsh spider crab, with langoustines and brown shrimps.

The sweet and saline nuances of the crustaceans were brought out by the aromatic floweriness of the sauvignon and the mineral backbone and dry finish of this youthful, vibrant wine.

The main course was a challenge met by Fleurie La Madone, Cru Beaujolais 2008 from Georges Duboeuf.

The combination of sweet scallops with richness of the duck fat potatoes and Bayonne ham and saline mussel broth, together with a light charismatic red wine that bursts of flowers was perfect.

The evening was an immense success, the finest dinner ever experienced at the Shellfish conference. Chef Stephen Pini and his team did a magnificent display of the culinary art in the superb setting of Fishmongers Hall on London Bridge, and the Welsh contribution was well received.

Perhaps on a more modest scale some of the finest shellfish and other seafood should be in abundance for all to enjoy at the Llyen Seafood Festival this weekend.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:May 29, 2010
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