Wild Harvest Seafood Festival

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Time Out says

Feast on fresh fish, oysters and more at this regional seafood festival

The East Gippsland town of Mallacoota is bringing back its seafood festival for 2020. The Wild Harvest Seafood Festival is a three-day fishy affair where locals invite visitors from all over Victoria (and interstate) to discover and feast on their pristine seafood.

The Mallacoota region was hard hit during the 2019-2020 summer bushfires, but festival organisers decided to go ahead with the April festival with a slightly altered program. They are also encouraging visitors to come with an #emptyesky – a hashtag campaign that arose following the bushfires and asks for tourists to fire-affected regions to stock up on local produce.

The full program for the 2020 Mallacoota Wild Harvest Seafood Festival is still a work in progress, but a few events have been confirmed. There will be a big seafood market on Saturday, April 4 featuring lots of food stalls hawking tasty seafood fishes; ocean-related market stalls, arts and crafts, kids activities and local beer and wine.

Over the weekend there will also be cruises of Mallacoota Inlet where you’ll learn about estuary health, the habitat and the effect of the recent bushfires. The Hungry Gentlemen (that is, Max Allen and Richard Cornish) are hosting an event, too. They’ll regale guests with the story of how miners and developers over consumed the natural oyster bed of South Eastern Australia, while you (perhaps ironically) eat oysters and drink Champagne. 

The festival aims to showcase both the region’s seafood industry and Indigenous culture, with something for gourmands through to families. Mallacoota's Wild Harvest Seafood Festival runs from Friday, April 3 to Sunday, April 5 2020.

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