Oceanfest Bundaberg promises delicious seafood and plenty of entertainment for all the family
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.
Local organisations such as Impact Community Services help at Oceanfest Bundaberg