A family fish business based in Northumberland is having a boom, with thanks being given to Alnwick Food Festival.
Swallowfish, at Seahouses, had a brilliant 2013 and the business is looking forward to an even more prosperous 2014, with a number of events in the pipeline.
And owner Karen Wilkin, who runs the business with her husband Patrick, has put it down to showcasing her wares at the 2012 food festival.
“I didn’t think I had the confidence to do it, “ she said.
“But I needed to. So we bought a second-hand van and a refrigeration unit and went and it was brilliant.
“Since then we have been to loads of other events such as Living North and Tynemouth Food Festival and more.
“It has generated more customers for us and so many people know about us now.
“There were more shows coming up this year so we’ve ordered a new van with a hook-up so we can go to two events at the same time.”
Swallowfish also won Taste Awards for its traditional oak-smoked haddock and kipper pate as well as being named as one of top chef Rick Stein’s food heroes.
Swallowfish has the UK’s oldest smokehouse and a shop at its base, the Fisherman’s Kitchen in Seahouses, as well as doing mail orders and selling its produce in independent retailers.
Karen added: “We’re looking forward to a really good year.
“We have even been in touch with trade and investment about supplying our products abroad and are in talks about the now.
“We might even be looking for more staff in the future.
“And we have even been invited to London Olympia. If this year goes well then we might even get there.
“Alnwick Food Festival really was brilliant for us and put us on the map.
“We’ll definitely be back there again.”