Port Chalmers Seafood Festival chairwoman Chanel Gardner
(left) and volunteer co-ordinator Karen Heineman seahorse
around Otago Harbour. Photo by Gregor Richardson.
Organisers of this month's Port Chalmers Seafood Festival
say fun will be as big a part of the menu as food.
Forty stalls had been confirmed for the September 21
festival, as well as a smorgasbord of family entertainment
and activities, festival chairwoman Chanel Gardner said.
''The whole day is about fun and it's such great exposure for
Port and a fantastic opportunity for local businesses to open
up and be involved, as most people have an explore around the
The success of the inaugural event, in 2011, had taken
organisers by surprise, she said.
''We didn't expect anything like the numbers we got last
time. We were blown away. This year, the majority of the
stalls are 5m by 5m, so they can easily cater for the
Entertainment will be headlined by Don McGlashan, The Eastern
and Hannah Howes, with cameos from Tahu and the Takahes,
Captain Cornflake, Kat Anna Fiddle and local storytellers.
''We've also got a heavyweight line-up of great local chefs,
with Fleur Sullivan, Judith Cullen, Alison Lambert and Bevan
Smith from Riverstone Kitchen doing cooking demonstrations
and Al Brown will be cooking at one of the Harbour Fish
stalls and doing a book signing,'' Miss Gardner said.
Family entertainment would include the ''Secrets of the Seven
Seas'' designated children's zone, where pirate Festus
McBoyle and his swashbuckling sidekick Fungal Finnegan would
hold court, while Gone Fishin' television programme
personality Graeme Sinclair would host the Tradezone Kids
Gone Fishin' with a Bluelight Police fishing
A free shuttle bus will travel between Dunedin and Port
Chalmers during the day, alongside a limited number of $5
return train trips on the Taieri Gorge Railway from the
Dunedin Railway Station. The Monarch cruise boat will
also be operating.
''Festival ticket sales are tracking along nicely and the
train is also filling up quickly. Kids love the train and
it's proving very popular with families,'' Miss Gardner said.
Tickets for the event, which runs from 11am-5pm, had been
capped at 6000, and there would be free entry for children
under 6, to ensure it was a fun family day.
''We want everybody to have a good time, rather than a
crowded time. The first festival was a great learning
experience and we've pulled all the best bits out of that one
for this time.''