Seafood fes­ti­val set to be ‘mas­sive’

Otago Daily Times - - General - MAR­GOT TAY­LOR mar­got.tay­lor@odt.co.nz

SEAFOOD lovers will de­scend on Port Chalmers to­day for the re­gion’s big­gest seafood fes­ti­val.

About 2000 peo­ple and stacks of fresh fare from lo­cal waters will com­bine at the third bi­en­nial Port Chalmers

Seafood Fes­ti­val.

Yes­ter­day vol­un­teers were busy as­sem­bling three large mar­quees and seafood chillers on the Port Chalmers wharf.

Fes­ti­val mar­ket­ing vol­un­teer A.J. John­ston said fes­ti­val­go­ers could ex­pect ev­ery­thing from cray­fish to south­ern clams and Cen­tral Otago wines at the 40 fes­ti­val stalls.

New Zealand soul singer Hol­lie Smith would per­form at the fes­ti­val, he said.

‘‘It is shap­ing up to be a mas­sive day.’’

Fes­ti­val com­mit­tee chair­man Justin Moore said about 100 vol­un­teers would be work­ing at the event, and the groups they rep­re­sented would re­ceive fi­nan­cial do­na­tions in re­turn.

Speaking un­der a blue sky yes­ter­day, he said he hoped the weather would be the same for the fes­ti­val.

‘‘No­one’s stressed at the mo­ment — it is com­ing along well.

‘‘At the end of ev­ery­thing I’m hop­ing for a suc­cess­ful fes­ti­val and a nice sunny day would re­ally top it all off.’’

The ad­di­tion of a new stor­age unit at the port since the last fes­ti­val in 2015 meant ‘‘99%’’ of the fes­ti­val events and stalls could be held indoors if needed, he said.

Fam­i­lies could ex­pect free en­try for chil­dren un­der 12, a large trea­sure hunt­style sand­pit and a wear­able arts com­pe­ti­tion in the morn­ing.

Trains would de­part from the Dunedin Rail­way Sta­tion for the fes­ti­val at 11.30am and 1pm.

Buses would de­part ev­ery 15 min­utes from the rail­way sta­tion and Ge­orge St in Port Chalmers.

PHOTO: STEPHEN JAQUIERY

Ahoy mateys . . . Port Chalmers Seafood Fes­ti­val vol­un­teer Dave Kearns en­joys a white­bait frit­ter as other vol­un­teers also take a break from set­ting up the fes­ti­val on the Port Chalmers wharf yes­ter­day.

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