Thursday, 22 August 2019


Next year's Whitianga Scallop Festival date announced

Next year’s Whitianga Scallop Festival will be held on Saturday 21 September. The festival has taken a “gap year” this year because of the disruptions caused by the Whitianga town centre upgrade.

“We’re very excited about the 2019 festival,” says Fiona Kettlewell, main organiser of the festival. “The Whitianga Scallop Festival committee is already in discussions with an exciting line-up of celebrity chefs and entertainers. The planned construction of a new seawall at the Whitianga Marina may impact the layout of the festival village next year, but the marina has indicated that they’re keen to work with us to ensure we have more than enough space for the festival and that the unique festival character will be retained.

“People need to save the date. We try every year to make the festival the best ever and next year is no exception. Let’s start to hope now already for a beautiful day with no wind or rain.”

(Picture: Fiona Kettlewell, the main organiser of the festival).



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