Apollo Bay – Victoria

The Apollo Bay Seafood Festival has changed hands for 2018, now expanding to 3 days with a bigger focus on local, sustainable seafood.

There’s some great talent lined up, including Frank Camorra (Movida), Jerry Mai (Annam and Pho Nom), as well as some great music acts, including Jade Imagine, Dan Kelly, Fraser A. Gorman and more.

Frank Camorra from Movida -Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)
Frank Camorra from Movida -Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)

Seafood lovers can expect the likes of local Southern Rock Lobster, snapper, mussels, abalone, King George Whiting and octopus, all in a fun festival experience.

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The heart of the festival is Harbour Day, a fun, family-friendly extravaganza on Saturday 17 February taking place at a new location this year: the port of Apollo Bay, which overlooks the stunning harbour. Tickets are priced at $5. Just added to the line-up for Harbour Day is Melbourne Gin Company, who will be serving up classic G&Ts as well as more creative cocktails, including their signature Negroni Spider.

Other Harbour Day highlights include the Paella Pan Proclamations with chefs Frank Camorra and La Bimba’s Steve Earl opening the day’s festivities; and underwater treasure hunts and Sculpt by the Sea for children, where local artists will host sand sculpting workshops on the beach.  A new licensed entertainment area will showcase live Australian music, local wine by Scotchmans Hill and beer by Prickly Moses.

The entire festival is supported by a satellite events program with many local producers, chefs and communities to host side events.

Steve Earl from La Bimba
Steve Earl from La Bimba

Other highlights include:

Where The Bush Meets The Sea at Sandy Feet Café and Health Foods, 7pm – 11pm, 17 Feb

Let your taste buds go wild when Sandy Feet Cafe and Health Foods present an evening of a four-course dinner prepared by Chef Mark Paech (Owner, Sandy Feet Café) together with matching wines.

Wild As The Sea at Apollo Bay Surf Lifesaving Club, 8pm – 10:30pm, 17 Feb

WinterWild, Apollo Bay’s dark arts festival, presents renowned guitarist from the internationally acclaimed instrumental group Dirty Three, Mick Turner. Support act by Melbourne guitarist and WinterWild cult hit, Vodnik.

Octopus Pallidus at Apollo Bay Youth Club, 11am – 1pm, 18 Feb

Festival Ambassador and Central Victorian-based hunter Rohan Anderson takes a nose to tentacle approach to cooking with the humble octopus.

Tickets and program available now via:

**Information & Images Courtesy of the Apollo Bay Seafood Festival/Zilla & Brook – Deveta Patel


Connie Lambeth

The Australia Times News

Editor GOURMET – Food/Wine/Events

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Performer Jade Imagine - photo by Kristoffer Paulsen
Performer Jade Imagine – photo by Kristoffer Paulsen