Seafarers and landlubbers alike are invited to celebrate Victoria’s freshest marine produce with 2020’s return of the Apollo Bay Seafood Festival on 14 – 16 February. Taking over the picturesque Apollo Bay Harbour, food and travel lovers will be able to feast on pescatarian treats, surrounded by the stunning sea view backdrop of the Great Ocean Road region.
On 14 February, festivities will kick off on Friday night with the Submerged Gala Dinnerhosted by Peruvian chef Alejandro Saravia (Pastuso, Farmer’s Daughters). Widely credited with introducing Peruvian cuisine to Australia’s culture, Alejandro delivers a high-grade Peruvian-focused dining experience that concurrently celebrates locally-sourced ingredients, offering a sustainable approach to sourcing produce year-round. Guests will be treated to a banquet of share plates, accompanied by drinks and dessert.
The festival’s main event Harbour Day will take place on Saturday 15 February with an ‘off the boat’ seafood market where guests will be able to purchase fresh seafood tucker straight from the fishermen who caught it. The event will dish up world-class locally sourced seafood from pop-up restaurants, and entertainment will be aplenty with live music, interactive demonstrations, harbour expeditions, sailing lessons and casting competitions.
A range of fresh seafood will be on offer to festival-goers including lobster rolls, seafood dumplings, huge paella pans, southern rock lobster, abalone sashimi, octopus, freshly shucked oysters among much more. Guests will feast to the sounds of Australian musical favourites such as Nicky Bomba’s BUSTAMENTO and The Beachniks, with festivities carrying on through the late evening. Full program to be released January 2020.
Two Conversations sessions will be held on Sunday 16 February, where a range of speakers including fishermen, farmers, chefs and Indigenous knowledge keepers will lead insightful discussions around sustainability in the fishing industry. The morning session Submerged in the Ocean will have a strong focus on the current state of the ocean and its inhabitants, while the afternoon will see Submerged in the Land explore the impact that eating animals – or not – can have on our environment. The session will examine concepts such as using native grains and grasses as future food sources, soil carbon capture and other strategies for farmers.
Tickets are now on sale, with the full program to be announced at www.apollobayseafoodfestival.com
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.
Submerged Gala Dinner: Friday 14 February, 7pm – 11pm. Tickets: $195pp or $1900 for a table of 10
Apollo Bay Mechanics Institute Hall, 21 Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay
Harbour Day: Saturday 15 February, 10am – 9pm. Free to attend
1 Breakwater Road, Apollo Bay
Conversations: Sunday 16 February, 10am – 3.30pm. Tickets $20 per session or $30 for the whole day.
Apollo Bay Surf Life Saving Club, 50 great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay