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Apollo Bay Seafood Festival 2018

16 | 17 | 18 FEBRUARY 2018

This year’s Festival marks a new beginning.

We welcome you to enjoy a new format, extended to feature a core program that includes Off The Hook, Harbour Day and Conversations On The Edge; three new events that endeavour to profile those who actively share our vision to champion the spirit of our local fishing community, the world-class seafood sourced locally from our waters, and the rugged beauty of our coastal town.


The 2018 Apollo Bay Seafood Festival coincides with the 70th anniversary of the Apollo Bay Fishermen’s Co-Op. This is exciting as it remains one of only three remaining operational fishing co-operatives in Victoria.

This year’s Festival marks a new beginning. We are excited to present you with a new festival format, extended to feature a core program that includes Off The Hook, Harbour Day and Conversations On The Edge; three new events that endeavour to profile those who actively share our vision to champion the spirit of our local fishing community, the world-class seafood sourced locally from our waters, and the rugged beauty of our coastal town.

You’ll notice that we have relocated the festival from its original grounds on the grassy foreshore, to the new location at the Apollo Bay Harbour.

Be captivated, provoked and inspired as you explore this unique festival of events programmed in response to this year’s Festival theme, Seas The Day. Dine with 200 other food lovers at Off The Hook, a shared seafood celebration prepared by MoVida’s Frank Camorra.

Clamber about fishing boats and taste the seafood straight from the source at Harbour Day, Saturday’s open day at the Apollo Bay Harbour. Get your hands dirty at one of the cooking workshops scattered throughout town. Meet farmers and fishermen at Conversations On The Edge. Or catch your breath at the end of your weekend over locally distilled spirits at Whisky Wind-Down.

However you choose to spend your weekend, Seas The Day!

2018 Festival Crew

Apollo Bay Seafood Festival 2018

Long-table seafood feast by MoVida’s Frank Camorra
Friday 16th February
Mechanic’s Hall, Apollo Bay

Eat, drink and explore at Apollo Bay Harbour’s Open Day
Saturday 17th February
Apollo Bay Harbour, Apollo Bay

Twelve experts gather by the sea to talk farming, fishing and the future
Sunday 18th February
Apollo Bay Surf Lifesaving Club, Apollo Bay

WinterWild, Apollo Bay’s cult after-dark arts festival,
presents Dirty Three guitarist Mick Turner
Saturday 17th February
Apollo Bay SLSC, Apollo Bay

Sea shanties and wine at Galapagos Bookstore
Saturday 17th February
Galapagos Bookstore, Apollo Bay

Treasures from the bush and sea at Sandy Feet Cafe
Saturday 17th February
Sandy Feet Cafe, Apollo Bay

Coastal European seafood feast at Angelsea’s Captain Moonlite
Saturday 17th February
Captain Moonlite, Anglesea

Wild abalone feast at Port Campbell’s Forage On The Foreshore
Saturday 17th February
Forage On The Foreshore, Port Campbell

Cooking the whole octopus with hunter gatherer Rohan Anderson
Sunday 18th February
Apollo Bay Youth Club, Apollo Bay

Wind down over locally distilled single malt
Sunday 18th February
Great Ocean Road Brewhouse, Apollo Bay

Gut and fillet workshops with local fishermen
Sunday 18th February
Apollo Bay Fisherman’s Co-op

An evening of cocktails and canapes of local seafood
Saturday 17th February
Dart & Marlin, Warnambool

Kids sand sculpting workshops with local artists
Saturday 17th February
Mother’s Beach, Apollo Bay

Step back in time to discover Apollo Bay’s rich fishing history
Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th February
Apollo Bay Museum, Apollo Bay

Catch a flick at Apollo Bay’s new outdoor cinema at the Sailing Club.
Catch the last film of the Apollo Bay Sailing Club’s Open Air Cinema Summer season. Between Home: Odyssey of an Unusual Sea Bandit is a high spirited, poetic adventure documentary that chronicles a young person’s rights of passage, from novice sailor to expert in three years of life aged in salt, sun and wind.

Pack a blanket and a picnic and head down to the habourside. Beer and wine available at the Club Bar. Parking available but we encourage everyone to come by foot or bike.

Fresh seasonal produce direct from the farmer
Apollo Bay Farmer’s Market showcases some of the finest produce for your pantry from the Otways. From fresh vegetables to locally-farmed meat, perfectly baked bread, organic tea, preserves and much more. Make the it to the Apollo Bay Farmers Market for your Sunday morning locally roasted coffee fix, meet the real people behind the produce, pick up locally-made goods and enjoy the community fun.

Seafood BBQ & blues at the Bottom Pub
Settle into an afternoon of smooth jazz tunes and commentary from local winemakers at the famous Apollo Bay Hotel. Nourish your appetite with the fresh seafood on offer or partake in the barbecued seafood feast on the deck during this one-off event of wines, brews and blues.

Local produce, handcrafts & art on the foreshore
Come along and revel in wonderful local produce, food, artworks, and crafts, direct from the farmers and makers who gather every Saturday on the Apollo Bay foreshore. The community market is an opportunity to buy directly from Apollo Bay producers; there are no middle-men or on-sellers, and everything is grown and made within 40km of the Bay. Enjoy a locally-roasted coffee as you shop and fill your basket with farm fresh and organic fruit, vegetables, various seedlings, flowers, free range eggs, grass fed meat, truffles, honey, homemade preserves, ciders and freshly baked treats. Visitors can find unique hand-crafted ceramics, jewellery, clothing, photography, toys, soaps, skincare and much more.

Drink with sailors at the local Sailing Club’s pop up bar
Ahoy all yachtsman, yachtswomen and yachts-tots! BYO fish and chips from Harbour Day, come and relax on the lawns by the Sailing Club bar. You’ll have the opportunity to chat with local sailors and friends and witness the seafarers compete in the 2018 Crayfish Cup. Thirst-quenching beer and well-chilled bubbles will be available to purchase whilst you take in the stunning harbourside views.


Are dogs allowed? No
Is smoking allowed? No
Are children free? Yes, kids under 6 are free
Do I have to buy tickets online? No, but you can skip the queues if you do
Will there be wine? Yes
Where do I park? Drive through town, past the co-op, down the hill and you will be directed
Will there be music? Yes, all day. There will be two stages running from 10am to 6pm
Will there be cooking demonstrations? Not this year, we are mixing it up! You can catch MoVida’s Frank Camorra and La Bimba’s Steve Earl at 10am on the main stage talking all things paella
Will there be kids activities? Yes, all day. The Kids Program runs from 10am to 6pm
Will it be fun. Yes, absolutely.

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