Lovers of seafood rejoice! The annual Whitianga Scallop Festival takes place on Saturday 17 September 2011. Held in a purpose-built village of marquees overlooking the Whitianga Harbour, a fantastic range of scrumptious scallops are on offer.
Enjoy scallops cooked in a variety of different ways from classic skewers and scallop chowder; through to macadamia crumbed scallops, scallop in a shot glass of chardonay, scallop wontons, woodfire scallop pizza, crispy scallop fritters, scallop and octopus paella….the list goes on.
There will also be a tasty range of other seafood available including Hangi paua burgers, Coromandel shell oysters, NZ slipper lobster, seafood chowder, mussel fritters, smoked salmon crepes, garlic prawn kebabs, and BBQ crayfish mornay.
Of course, those who can only handle a small amount of seafood will still enjoy the day with other food on offer such as Hangi burgers, ostrich meatballs, hotdogs, sweet and savoury crepes, cakes and muffins, pizza, beef, chicken and venison burgers and more. There are plenty of beer, cider and wine stalls on hand too to keep everyone suitably quenched.
A great range of entertainment can be enjoyed throughout the day, with live music from the Phil Edwards band, plenty of celebrity cooking demonstrations including a presentation from NZ MasterChef Judge Ray McVinnie; and a fantastic coastal fresh fish auction.
Pre-festival activity is also set to get the party started - Thursday 15th September sees a night of hilarity at the local Blacksmith Bar featuring comedians Vaughn King, Michelle A'Court, and Jeremy Elwood; and Friday’s evening’s street party will be a great kickstart to the festival.
So why not head down to Whitianga for the whole weekend and enjoy a dose of true Coromandel hospitality!
Editorial by Katherine Robinson
20 July 2011
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