A fishy festival for Tin Can Bay

Held on the waterfront - the Seafood Festival is full of family fun

Held on the waterfront – the Seafood Festival is full of family fun

Celebrating the 15th year of the popular Seafood Festival on September 26, again the entrance is free of charge.

The fresh seafood on offer will be prepared and cooked by the men and women of the Tin Can Bay Commercial fishing industry, so will no doubt be delicious.

Gympie food ambassador Matt Golinski will be undertaking food demonstrations, and Dan and Steph, the 2013 MKR winners, will have a stall, so be sure to stop by and say hello.

The festival has also attracted foodies Lynn and Tony from MKR, a South African couple who have made Queensland their home.

Cameron Henderson, President of the Tin Can Bay Chamber of Commerce explains in more detail. “While some things stay the same there will be some changes this year.

“We will have 4×4 displays from ARB Gympie, Opposite Lock Gympie and Tyre Power Gympie. Plus static displays from TCB Coastguard, Coastcare, Marine Parks and Wildlife, Waterways patrol and the rural fire brigade.”

Cameron continues, “The mullet throwing, which is often a big hit and almost attracted Alice Cooper to town last year, is on again at 1pm. Another attraction is the prawn eating competition, and there will be two sessions just near the stage.”

Children will love the animal-petting zoo, pony rides and entertainment on the main stage with two showings of kids’ show Kangagang in the morning and afternoon.

“We will have a roving clown and magician, so be on the lookout for them as well!” adds Cameron. “And this year we are introducing a rides operator who will bring some new offerings on the day.”

The helicopter will also be in attendance offering some splendid views over Tin Can Bay.

The stage will be very busy this year, with the Kashmiri dancers in the morning, Jill Zimmerman from Wild Spirit Snakes, and artists from the Gympie Academy of Country Music, headed up by Stealing Lincoln who will bring the day to an end.

“Our major fundraiser has been getting around town and by this stage you will probably have seen the boat and motor around the place,” smiles Cameron.

There are only 2500 tickets available, so buy yours quickly at $5 each. The last opportunity is at the festival, as it will be drawn on the day.

Prior to the festival is the dinner auction on September 12, with Graham Engeman auctioning the many goods on hand.

Local musician Yasmin Morris, AKA Yazmindi, will entertain throughout the night with her indie-country style of music.

The team at the Sleepy Lagoon Hotel will provide a seafood buffet, and there are also meat options available. Contact them at the Sleepy for tickets, on sale now for $55 per person.

A final word of advice from Cameron, “There are only 100 tickets available so be quick, round up a table of eight and prepare for a great night!”

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