Winning Best Snack and Best of the Best at the British Street Food Awards is no mean feat. We go behind the scenes with Beth Newsome and Jim Coslett of Seadog to find out about their winning dish – the seafood popcorn, and where to find them over 2016!

How did Seadog come together?

Jim: Beth and I have known each other for years, since I met my wife who is also her best friend! We started Seadog two years ago after hearing that only 3% of the fish caught in the area where we live stays here, the rest is exported to Europe and beyond. We wanted to combine our love of bold international flavours with a celebration of the array of seafood choices in the area. The last two years have been a whirlwind of events, festivals and weddings… and a massive learning curve! 

Where do you source your seafood? 

We source all our fish from the South West, and the North Devon area wherever possible. We use local sustainable suppliers such as Steve Perham (harbour master at Clovelly who still uses traditional methods to catch herring) and Phoebe Chope who hand harvests oysters and mussels along the Torridge estuary. Our menus change regularly to reflect seasonal variations.

Why is it so important to you to stick to local ingredients? 

It was one of the primary aims of the business and makes sense to us so that we can ensure a super fresh, sustainable and delicious offering.   

You have a range of dishes with world street food flavours – crab wontons, Egyptian fish balls, the Laksa and more.  Where have these influences come from? 

We’ve been inspired by our travels to countries where fish features a lot in street food. We spotted a gap in the market on the street food and festival circuit over here.  

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Photo: Steve Lawson

Do you keep elements of the menu traditional?  

We’ve occasionally offered more traditional options but they don’t seem to work for us. Some of our dishes are takes on traditional flavour combinations, but with a twist. 

You won Best Snack at the British Street Food Awards – how did you come up with your winning seafood popcorn dish?  

We had been working on it for a while. We wanted to create a snack option that combined traditional seaside flavours and ingredients – cockles, mussels, vinegar – with some more interesting world flavours thrown in. We make our vinegar spicy and sweet, use cornish sea salt and an amazing seaweed salad from Cornwall. Our seafood is crispy with a panko batter and we serve the whole thing on a seasonal slaw. It went down really well both with the punters and the judges. To have Giorgio Locatelli and Neil Rankin making such amazing comments about our dish was beyond amazing.  

How important is winning the British Street Food Awards to you? 

It will hopefully open up a few more doors, especially in the South East and beyond. We’ll be trading again within the Feast Collective at Camp Bestival and we hope to take our food to more of the bigger music festivals over the summer. 

We are also available for wedding and event catering and pride ourselves on providing something different from the norm. Last year we catered for a Lord of the Rings themed wedding and created a menu accordingly!

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Where can people find you in 2016? Any chance Londoners can taste the seafood?

We have a very busy 2016 lined up with loads more markets and festivals both locally and nationally. We are planning a series of ‘spring up’ events across Devon in early 2016 and have also recently confirmed a guest trader pitch at the SC market on the Southbank from 22-24 January. We hope to be up in the capital much more over the coming year! 

Keep an eye on these exciting street-food traders over the year on their Facebook, twitter and instagram.

Seadog | www.seadogfoods.co.uk

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