Qual­ity Catch:

Ocean­fest Bund­aberg prom­ises de­li­cious seafood and plenty of en­ter­tain­ment for all the fam­ily

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Ocean­fest Bund­aberg show­cases some of the re­gion’s oceanic best.

IF SEAFOOD “floats your boat”, don’t miss the salti­est event of 2018 – Ocean­fest Bund­aberg. Held in the pic­turesque Port Ma­rina precinct, Ocean­fest Bund­aberg fo­cuses on qual­ity, lo­cal seafood, themed en­ter­tain­ment and a range of ocean-ori­en­tated at­trac­tions, dis­plays, demon­stra­tions and work­shops for all mem­bers of the fam­ily.

This event pro­motes the lo­cal, wild catch seafood, har­vested from the South­ern Great Bar­rier Reef and Bund­aberg wa­ters.

De­vel­oped by the Ro­tary Club of Bund­aberg Sun­rise, mem­ber and event project man­age­ment’s Gary Kirk said this event would demon­strate how proud the Bund­aberg com­mu­nity was of its seafood in­dus­try, tourism in­dus­try and the Bund­aberg North Bur­nett area.

“For us, when we be­gan or­gan­is­ing this event, we had a clear goal in mind, to def­i­nitely en­sure in all ar­eas it was a qual­ity event and that it pro­moted lo­cal busi­nesses and en­trepreneurs,” Mr Kirk said.

“In its first year Ocean­fest was very well re­ceived and this year we are an­tic­i­pat­ing 10,000 visi­tors on the day as word spreads in re­gards to the stan­dard of food, en­ter­tain­ment and also ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties through­out Satur­day, Au­gust 25.

“The at­trac­tions and dis­plays through­out the event will fo­cus on ed­u­ca­tional, en­vi­ron­men­tal, health, recre­ational, cul­tural, tourism and his­tor­i­cal el­e­ments, which is even more fit­ting as it is the In­ter­na­tional Year of the Reef.

“Events such as these al­low visi­tors to un­der­stand the broad range of ser­vices that we have lo­cally whether for en­ter­tain­ment or ed­u­ca­tion and the po­ten­tial that the Port Ma­rina has for growth.

“Add to that it is a ma­jor fundraiser for our club rais­ing $30,000 last year with valu­able sup­port be­ing given to Ronald Mc­Don­ald House of which the Wide Bay is the big­gest user of this ser­vice and also the Sea Tur­tle Al­liance which is an­other great cause.”

One thing is clear: if you love seafood, you will not be dis­ap­pointed be­cause there is a range of food ven­dors who have de­vel­oped tastes with a link back to the ocean. All seafood is bought lo­cally.

The tastes on of­fer in­clude:

● Ar­ti­san BBQ prawns and shell­fish;

● Fish, prawn and cala­mari burg­ers by Bundy Burg­ers;

● Prawn and fish cur­ries by Curry Talk;

● Seafood pies and sausage rolls by Last Stop Cater­ing;

● Hun­gar­ian Lan­gos breads;

● Mex­i­can seafood by Li­nom Y Sol;

● Prawn and seafood piz­zas by Pip­ing Hot Piz­zas. Visi­tors to Ocean­fest Bund­aberg can even buy their own range of seafood di­rect from the sup­plier with tours of Ocean Pa­cific Seafoods’ fac­tory through­out the day.

Here you can see and buy prawns, bugs, span­ner crabs, mud crabs, sand crabs, oys­ters, scal­lops, mus­sels, fish fil­lets, and when avail­able, whole fish – so it is truly a seafood lover’s par­adise.

If you want to taste the reef, the Ma­rine Mar­quee is a de­li­cious seafood plat­ter lun­cheon pre­sented in part­ner­ship with the Bund­aberg Port Ma­rina, Ocean Pa­cific Seafoods and Im­pact Com­mu­nity Ser­vices.

Book­ings are es­sen­tial for the catered ta­bles via the Ocean­fest Bund­aberg web­site be­cause guests will be en­joy­ing a seafood plat­ter to re­mem­ber.

The Seafood Plat­ter for Two con­tains:

● 500g of Ocean King Prawns

● 700g of Span­ner Crab

● 250g of More­ton Bay Bugs (halved)

● 150g of Smoked Span­ish Mack­erel

● 1/2 dozen Cof­fin Bay Oys­ters

● Home­made seafood sauce and lime wedges.

Af­ter you have sam­pled some of the ocean’s tasti­est treats you can also visit a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent at­trac­tions and live en­ter­tain­ment is fea­tured through­out the day.

There are ocean-themed arts and craft work­shops for the chil­dren that in­clude weav­ing of nat­u­ral fi­bres, cut­tle­fish carv­ing and pot­tery, as well as amuse­ment rides.

Many of the ex­hibitors have an ocean theme, pro­vid­ing ed­u­ca­tion on recre­ational and com­mer­cial fish­ing, sail­ing, boat main­te­nance, ocean and boat­ing ed­u­ca­tion, and beach­ware, and there is a spe­cial­ist Health and Well­be­ing Precinct.

Whether you sim­ply love all things ocean-themed or sim­ply want to en­joy seafood at its finest, Ocean­fest Bund­aberg is a won­der­ful day out.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

Lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions such as Im­pact Com­mu­nity Ser­vices help at Ocean­fest Bund­aberg

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