More than six thousand people gathered in Port Chalmers on
Saturday for the Seafood Festival, which featured fine
weather, celebrity entertainment and plenty of ... seafood.
Whitebait patties, prawn kebabs and whole crayfish - whatever
the seafood preference, it was on offer for the many who
arrived at the Port Chalmers wharf on Saturday morning.
Festival chairwoman Chanel Gardner was pleased with the
turnout and the overall atmosphere of the day.
''It was a great crowd and it's just been phenomenal.''
Miss Gardner said highlights for the children were the
pirates who roamed the port, the face painting and the shark
dissection, while the adults were treated to entertainment by
Don McGlashan, celebrity chef Al Brown, and cooking
demonstrations by local chefs Alison Lambert and Bevan Smith.
One of the festival's star attractions was Mr Brown's
book-signing table as many lined up for an autograph from the
Miss Gardner said the star chef's Groper Sliders were the
most popular food item of the day, with queues stretching out
the food shed door.
''The crayfish, the whitebait patties and the paua patties
were just charging out the door.''
Up to 3000 tickets were sold before the festival and many
more sold at the gate, making it a successful second year for
the festival, which started in 2011.
Miss Gardner said the 2015 festival was already being