National fish and chip day makes a return on June 4, 2021, celebrating the iconic British dish and raising awareness to support the industry that helps provide this family favourite, including those who fish our seas and are involved in its production.
Every year, The National Edible Oil Distributors’ Association bring together everyone involved in creating this traditional British dish; from Fish & chip shops, restaurants, retailers to the fishermen and farmers.
NEODA President, Gary Lewis, said “National Fish and Chip Day 2020 was always going to be very different to previous years, and none of us really knew what to expect.
The focus this year was very much on the resilience of the fish and chip sector, and wow, did that shine through on the day! We were completely bowled over by the number of shops, both those who have previously celebrated the day with us, but especially the many new shops, who got involved in any way they could. National and Regional media - TV, Radio and newspapers - were awash with stories of how shops were celebrating the day, and social media was full of amazing competitions, activities and photos - exactly what National Fish and Chip Day is all about! We are delighted that so many shops, hard hit by the pandemic, embraced their special day and threw everything they had at it! No matter what unfolds in the coming months, fish and chips will remain at the centre of every community, and we are delighted to be able to bring this very special awareness day to the nation again in 2021.”
It is thought that the national dish of Britain Fried fish was brought to the UK by Spanish and Portuguese refugees during the 16th century. At the time, Jews were facing religious persecution across Portugal and Spain, and many resettled here in the UK, bringing their culinary delicacies with them.
The Star has now spoken to chip shops in Sheffield
Ranmoor Friery is celebrating with flags at the shop, a table with free drinks for customers and they are also supporting a charity with sales from their food going to a good cause.
Rani Sandhu said: “We do a lot of things for charity, for Cavendish Cancer Care, let’s say every pot of peas that customer’s buy that pound will go directly to Cavendish.
“Cavendish is our local charity, so some customers will have used them at some point. We always try and do something that will promote Cavendish.”
The most popular dishes at the fish and chip shop are fish, chips and vegan boxes.
Rani Sandhu said: “I think it’s because people’s diets are changing, we’ve got pescatarian customers who will only have fish, we’ve got our vegan customers and people who are coming away from meat, they’re going more towards the vegan variety. We’ve been doing vegan food for four years now.”
Bruce Payne, of the Moor Market Chippy, anticipated Friday to be busy a busy day.
According to Bruce, the most popular item on the menu is the Mini Cod meal.
He said: “A lot of older people don’t like big meals, so it suits them and that’s without a doubt our most popular.”