- Category: Specialty Food and Drinks
- Published: Thursday, 11 December 2008 10:43
- Written by Nita Teoh
Fresh Seafood Market
46 Mews Road
Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour
Opening time: 7 days a week, from 8am
For seafood lovers in the quest to find the freshest fish to put on the barbie or to make that most elaborate of seafood dishes, the most popular spot for all things fishy would have to be Fremantle.
Fremantle is the port city of Perth, Western Australia and home to the Fishing Boat Harbour which has always been an integral part of life in Fremantle.
Fremantle experienced a wave of migration as far back as the 1880's when Italians from the fishing villages of Capo d'Orlando in Sicily and Molfetta in Apulia arrived in Fremantle. Fremantle's fishing industry has since then been in the experienced hands of migrants from Italy and Greece.
With its never ending coastline, produce caught off the WA coast include fish such as snapper and barramundi, prawns, squid, oysters, crabs, Western rock lobsters/crayfish and Fremantle's famous local sardines.
Fremantle sardines are well known by locals and are commonly found on menus of local pubs and cafes in Fremantle as part of modern Australian cuisine. In January, the annual Fremantle Sardine Festival beckons food lovers to taste tempting morsels of sardines prepared in enticing ways.
Other fishy festivals to keep a watch out for throughout the year include the Blessing of the Fleet held in October by the Fishing Fleet Festival Association. The Blessing of the Fleet is an old ritual which started life in Capo d'Orlando in Sicily and Molfetta in Apulia to protect fishing fleets and to pray for a bountiful season of fishing.
The fish market in Fremantle is operated by Kailis and is located along Mews Road at the Fishing Boat Harbour. Besides its fish market, Kailis offers good old fish and chips and a selection of other seafood dishes at its cafe. Dining alfresco with family and friends by the waterfront at the harbour is a popular activity especially on weekends.
Getting to the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour is also easy by public transport and a short walk. Catch the train to the Fremantle Train Station. From the train station, it's about a 15 minute walk to the Boat Harbour. Turn right and walk along Phillimore Street, then left at Henry Street will take you to the Fremantle Esplanade. The Fishing Boat Harbour is just across from the Fremantle Esplanade.
Can't get to the fish markets in Fremantle and looking for an inner city location? There is also a fish market located at 101 Oxford Street in Leederville and run by Kailis Brothers. The fish markets are open 7 days a week from 7am to 6pm and are conveniently located a short distance from the Leederville Train Station.
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