Seafood lovers in Dungannon joined the rest of the UK to celebrate Seafood Week (6-13 October 2017) and the Dolphin Takeaway, officially NI’s Best Fish & Chip Shop, marked the occasion with a tasty pop-up event at SWC, Dungannon in aid of the Fishermen’s Mission charity. The Dolphin’s ‘Celebrate Fish & Chips’ pop-up invited all students and staff to pop into the level 1 kitchen on Tuesday 10th October to enjoy Fish & Chip Lighter Bites for only £1. That evening, the general public were treated to a ‘fin-tastic’ traditional seaside sit-down menu for just £9 in the college’s Etcetera Restaurant, where traditional fish and chips were served with mushy peas, bread and butter and tea, followed by delicious apple tart.
The Dolphin Takeaway has been part of the local seafood scene since 1989 and is the reigning, three times winner of the NI Regional Winner’s title in the National Fish & Chip Awards. The Dungannon chippy is officially listed as one of the UK Top 10. Owner, Malachy Mallon said: "Seafood Week is about giving fish and seafood the recognition it deserves and thanking the people who produce it, from the fishermen who haul their fresh catch in all weathers to the chefs who serve it to our table. With the help of the fantastic students and staff at South West College we aim to raise funds for the Fishermen’s Mission charity and inspire everyone to eat more fish by celebrating and serving the nation’s favourite dish - fish and chips!”
Grainne Mulholland, Catering Curriculum Manager at SWC said, "This topical pop-up event is such a great idea to help inspire our students and the public to celebrate seafood as well as raising funds for a very worthy cause. We are delighted to host the Dolphin’s Seafood Week event and we are proud to continue our valuable partnership with Malachy Mallon who has volunteered his specialist frying skills and award-winning knowledge to us on many occasions over the past three years. We encourage everyone to celebrate quality fish and chips and be part of Seafood Week.”
The Dolphin’s Seafood Week celebrations culminated with a charity cheque presentation on £9000 to the Fishermen’s Mission, which included proceeds from Malachy’s recent and very successful 1500 miles solo cycle to the UK Top 10 Fish & Chip shops.
Seafood Week already has the backing of key players in the industry, including Seafish, the industry body that works to secure a profitable, sustainable and socially responsible future for the UK seafood industry.