Friday, 20 September 2019


Mercury Bay Celebration of Seafood

21 September 2018 - 23 September 2018,
Type: Event
Business Details
The Informer
14 Monk Street, Whitianga

With the Whitianga Scallop Festival taking a gap year, the festival organisers are working with many of the Mercury Bay restaurants and bars to put together a “Mercury Bay Celebration of Seafood” at their venues. “Several local restaurants and bars are putting together their own ‘seafood fests,’ designed to highlight our food from the sea,” says Fiona Kettlewell, Whitianga Scallop Festival coordinator. “The variety will range from special menus with food and wine matches to food stalls selling yummy seafood. Some of the venues will also have live entertainment. There will be food stalls and live entertainment in Soldiers Memorial Park in Whitianga Park during the weekend as well.”

A quick sampling of some of the restaurants and bars that will participate in the Celebration of Seafood includes Stoked Restaurant with a Grain v Grape Seafood Food Match featuring Good George craft beers and Mills Reef wines, Salt Restaurant and Bar and The Whitianga Hotel with a “Seafood Fusion Extravaganza” and Poivre et Sel with a special seafood degustation menu paired with Mills Reef wines.

Other venues working on menus and events for the weekend are The Lost Spring, Grace O’Malley’s, Snapper Jacks, Frankies, The Ice Cream Team, the Whitianga Lions Club, Mercury Bay Estate and Cathedral Cove Macadamias. 

Whitianga will also play host during the same weekend to many Waka Ama teams in the 2018 Cathedral Cove Challenge, with Buffalo Beach Reserve the best spot to experience all the action.  

“Make sure you save the date and let all of your visiting friends and absentee neighbours know that Mercury Bay will be the place to be during the weekend of 21 to 23 September,” says Fiona.

Any hospitality businesses interested in having a stall or being involved in the Mercury Bay Celebration of Seafood Festival, can email Fiona at [email protected]



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The Mercury Bay Informer is a highly popular community newspaper, based in Whitianga. The paper is distributed throughout the Coromandel Peninsula, coast to coast from Thames to north of Colville.