Held at the Pialba section of the Charlton Esplanade at the Seafront Oval on Sunday, September 19 2021 from 10 am to 5 pm is this year's Hervey Bay Seafood Festival. This is a rescheduled event date, so it was previously in August but now has been scheduled for September due to recent pandemic related obstacles.
First held in 1998, this festival is an annual tradition celebrating the area's connection with seafood and the seafood industry. Based on cooking and live entertainment, the festival features delicious dishes with unique provenance/backstories.
In terms of tickets, according to the Eventbrite.com.au - adult tickets are $10 child tickets $5 and the pricier VIP tickets were sold out but at the time of publication, however for the newly announced September 19 date indeed still has VIP tickets available. Free tickets are for children under five years old and companion ticket holders. As a traditional and popular event - tickets are thus quite valuable.
For tourists and day-trippers who love great seafood, Hervey Bay has a plethora of accommodation options with all budgets catered for. Prices are reasonable - especially given it's a pleasant tropical paradise geared for tourism and lifestyle. Access is good, with plane, train, long-distance bus and driving all potential options. This festival is a worthy basis for a holiday because it's a calm paradise yet well developed and at ten dollars per adult ticket, is a small percentage of a holiday budget yet such a social occasion.
I've left a link to the festival program here - there are many stalls and live entertainers. Based on the relaxed ambience of Hervey Bay, the festival will delight with its great seafood and is a safe and fun way to enjoy such fresh seafood, great bands and the warmer weather and laidback lifestyle of the city's people.
Hervey Bay's warmer weather (although only slightly warmer than Brisbane), actually makes a difference in winter and thus having a wintertime weekend or midweek getaway is ideal. The seafood festival can be a basis for such a vacation. Along with its seafood is local history, nature, swimming beaches, cycling tracks, Fraser Island accessibility and proximity to Lady Elliot Island. Humpback Whale watching cruises are the city's main attraction and a strong reason why it is an internationally recognised destination. Attending the festival is a chance to see a whale cruise in the same timeframe with an early-season mingling of the whales in the bay - the whale watching season starts in earnest late July.
For tickets ranging from $0-50 see Eventbrite.com.au with further information at frasercoast.qld.gov.au as well as at the popular event's official website. For social media (Facebook.com) see this link here. On the festival's popular Facebook is footage from past festivals and mouth-watering photography of the festival cuisine. Posts on those pages indicate that the Seafront Oval is a new location for the festival and that organisers are seeking to cook up a storm (of local fresh seafood) for this great day out near the ocean.