16-17-18 February 2018
The annual Apollo Bay Seafood Festival will transform into a three-day celebration in 2018 and showcase the region’s best produce with the help of local and world-renowned chefs and hospitality experts. Tickets are now on sale for events across 16, 17 and 18 February.
Kick off the festivities with Off The Hook, where Movida’s Frank Camorra will cook up a shared seafood feast using all Apollo Bay produce. Tickets are priced at $150pp for a four-course meal with matched wine, taking place on Friday 16 February. This intimate dinner takes place at the Apollo Bay Mechanics Institute. Aligning Spain’s meandering coastline with our iconic Great Ocean Road, Camorra will bring his exuberant energy to the table, showcasing the influence of local seafood on our plates.
The flagship Harbour Day event is a family friendly extravaganza on Saturday 17 February taking place at the Apollo Bay Co-Op, overlooking the stunning harbour. Highlights include the Paella Pan Proclamations with chefs Frank Camorra and La Bimba’s Steve Earl opening the day’s festivities, underwater treasure hunts and Sculpt by the Sea is for the 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. Tickets for Harbour Day are priced from $5.
The entire festival is supported by a satellite events program where many local producers, chefs and communities will host side events. Fish History at the Apollo Bay Museum incorporates audio of local fisherman from the 1970s for a step back in time to discover the region’s rich fishing history; High Tides and Good Vibes is a coastal European seafood feast at the chef’s hatted Captain Moonlight in Anglesea. Diver To Plate will be a gorgeous wild abalone feast at Port Campbell’s Forage on the Foreshore.
Festival goers are encouraged to make the most of the weekend and head to the Apollo Bay Community Market on Saturday morning for local produce, arts and crafts on the foreshore, or the Apollo Bay Farmers Market on Sunday morning for seasonal produce direct from the farmer.
To close the festival on Sunday, twelve experts will gather by the sea to talk farming, fishing and the future at Conversations on the Edge, an educational day to raise awareness of sustainable seafood. Tickets are priced at $49 and include lunch.
With its pristine waters and abundant sea life, Apollo Bay boasts the only operating fishing port along the Great Ocean Road, and one of Victoria’s few remaining fishing co-operatives.
Over the last six years, the Apollo Bay Seafood Festival has grown to become a major event on the town’s calendar, attracting up to 8,000 visitors over a weekend, championing fresh, local seafood and the rugged beauty of the coastal town. 2018 is set to be the biggest festival yet, expanding to three days, with a huge range of events for a perfect long weekend down the coast.
Tickets and program available from 11 December via: http://apollobayseafoodfestival.com/