Celebrating all things fishy and everything that this gorgeous coastal town has to offer, the festival features 3 main events:
Down the Hatch
Kicking off with an 'ocean to plate' gala feast, Down The Hatch, will be held at the Mechanics Hall on the Friday at 7 pm. Executive chef Nick Mahlook and his team from The Atlantic, will prepare an exquisite eight-course shared dinner showcasing the locally caught fresh seafood and produce from the region. Each offering will be paired with a selection of carefully chose wines. To finish the meal, an ocean-themed dessert will be prepared by Om Nom's executive chef Jo Ward.
On the Saturday, the Apollo Bay Harbour will transform into an 'Off the Boat' Seafood Market from 8 am – 9.30 am. You'll be able to buy freshly caught seafood straight off the boat from the fishermen who caught it. Doesn't get much fresher than that!
From 11 am, the harbour will come alive with two stages featuring music until 9 pm. There will be plenty of pop up restaurants, offering all of your seafood favourites. Don't miss the always popular and delicious lobster rolls, seafood dumplings, huge paella pans, southern rock lobster, abalone sashimi and much more.
On the main stage, the lineup will feature Forever Son, Nick Barker, Gena Rose Bruce, Victoriana Gaye, The Fillmore Brothers and more.
For the kids, there will be a fun hands-on educational program featuring interactive demonstrations, sailing lessons, casting competitions and harbour expeditions. Perfect to get kids involved in learning more about our food and how it is sourced. The kids activities will run from 11 am to 6 pm.
Tickets for Harbour Day are $10 with kids under 6 free. You can purchase your tickets online or at the gate on the day.
Conversations in the Littoral
For something a little different, Sunday's stories from the littoral zone are stories of connections. Richard Cornish and Hillary McNevin will share stories and inspiration on the special connections between land and sea; past, present and future, culture and nature; stories from farmers, fishers, future makers, and Indigenous culture keepers.
Tickets are $50 (plus a booking fee) and includes lunch prepared by the team at Apollo Bay Catering and Events. They can be purchased here.
The full program and details of other events around the region will be released shortly, so be sure to check back here. Or stay up to date via their Facebook page.
Apollo Bay is a small town located halfway along the spectacular Great Ocean Road. Fishing remains as one of its major industries and the town boasts the only operating fishing port along the Great Ocean Road, and one of Victoria's few remaining fishing co-operatives. For more information on Apollo Bay and accommodation options, click here.