FISH is the festive food of choice for many Orange residents if the queues to buy seafood in the lead up to Christmas Day and Boxing Day were any indication.
On Christmas Eve fishmonger Steve Kable of Western Connection Seafood arrived at his selling point in Peisley Street to a line up already out on to the street.
“I think the popularity is because people just don’t want to cook at Christmas - they want to relax,” Mr Kable said.
Prawns and oysters are the two top sellers according to Mr Kable who had already taken hundreds of pre-orders for the Christmas season.
However Mr Kable and his family will now take a break and won’t be selling for the New Year period.
“Many of the fisherman I like to source my fish from are quite religious and so they like to take a break from fishing over the Christmas/New Year period,” he said.
The price of the biggest selling prawns varies according to size says Mr Kable.
“The smaller cocktail prawns we sell in the low 20s ($20) a kilo but the king prawns are up to $37 a kg,” he said.
Coming in behind prawns as the second seafood of choice are oysters which were selling on Christmas Eve for $17 for a dozen.
But when it comes to the luxury in seafood, the lobster, you can expect to pay up to $78 a kilo.
Mr Kable said while imported oysters can be purchased much cheaper, he goes for the source he knows is the freshest of the east coast of Australia.
“Wholesale I paid $78 a kilogram this week for east coast lobsters,” he said.