Thursday, 12 December 2019


Scallop Festival returns this weekend

Live music, celebrity chefs and thousands of mouth-watering seafood morsels will combine this weekend for the much-anticipated return of the Whitianga Scallop Festival.

The sold out event gets under way from 10:00am this Saturday, 21 September, with almost 40 different stands serving up a range of culinary delights, the vast majority featuring delicious fresh scallops. A variety of local community groups will be fundraising on the day, from Coroglen School with their scallop and mussel chowder to the Whitianga Lions Club who will be serving up tempura scallops and seafood mornay.

Coordinator, Fiona Kettlewell, says the most important thing for people to be aware of this year is the new site layout.

“The new entry gate will be on the Albert Street side near the skatepark with the site extending from Taylor’s Mistake across The Esplanade onto the Northern Reclamation,” she points out. There is limited parking within walking distance of the festival, with Fiona advising people to leave the car at home.

“The best advice we can give people is to use the shuttle bus service, especially if they will be drinking at the festival. As responsible hosts we want people to enjoy the festival and that really means just being sensible. The bus will be running continuously from 9:00am to 12:00 noon and again from 4:00pm until 10:00pm. It’s just a gold coin donation so I really encourage people to use this service. Aside from that, wear comfy shoes, warm clothes and just have a great time,” she says.

The New World Cooking Tent welcomes back Masterchef New Zealand winners, Karena and Kasey Bird, along with renowned chef, Ray McVinnie. Duo Aaron Gascoigne and Gareth Stewart of My Kitchen Rules fame are expected to raise a lot of laughs, especially when they take on the Masterchef girls in the hugely popular on-stage cook-off.

A mix of local and visiting musicians make up the entertainment line-up which takes place across three different stages throughout the day. Acts include the Vegas Brown Band, Let’s Go Descarrego, White Chapel Jack and The Rockaholics. There will be a best-dressed competition with festival-goes encouraged to make the effort to stand out from the crowd if they want to win a prize. Patrons are also reminded that no alcohol can be taken into the festival, a fantastic range of beer and wine will be available for purchase on site as well as coffee and soft drinks.

Pictured: Fiona Kettlewell, the Whitianga Scallop Festival coordinator.


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