Join us on August 11th, 2019
Love seafood! then join us at the only seafood festival in Australia managed by the men and women who catch it for you. Celebrate, relax and feast with the seafood industry in Fishermens Park Urangan
Enjoy the flavours of the sea with a tantalising range of seafood dishes from some of the best restaurants and from the fishermen’s own stall for that unique fisherman to festival plate experience.
Where the story of local seafood is told like nowhere else in the land. Taste the sea and be immersed in the provenance of every dish with the Wide Bay’s hero fish, prawns, scallops, bugs, cuttlefish and more being plucked from the net by salty weather-beaten hands of true professional fishermen.
We have got the drinks covered too with both boutique wineries, craft beers and non- alcoholic beverages for all the family.
Winning the Golden Guitar for Best New Talent at the 2018 Tamworth Country Music Awards. Mackay’s Brad Butcher capped off a break out year with his album From The Bottom Of A Well peaking at #4 on the iTunes Country Albums Chart and featured the singles Well Dressed Man and title track From The Bottom Of A Well. Butchers songs commentate on the reality of everyday life with a message of hope and inspiration.
Butchers songwriting has been nominated for a stack of awards in the past 5 years including Finalist for the CMC New Oz Artist of the Year Award (2013) among others
Colt Seavers Band
HOT entertainment is the name of the game for Brisbane based Rockabilly Stunt Masters, The Colt Seavers Band. If Tamworth Country Music Festival 2018 is anything to go by, Colt Seavers Band are set for a huge future in the entertainment industry. The band's aim is to blend Country and Rockabilly with Rockabilly essential to the development of Modern Country Music.
Nominated for Best New Talent at the 2017 Golden Guitar awards, Michael Waugh gives a profound new voice to the Australian experience. His insightful storytelling cuts to the emotional heart of everyday life. A unique, intelligent and emotionally charged performer, Waugh has been compared to the honesty and power of Australian folk and country legends, Mick Thomas, Paul Kelly and John Williamson. He is uniquely Australian and genuine – the real deal.
The Fishermans Kitchen Seafood Cookery Marquee
JAVIER CODINA - Moda Restaurant, Edward St Brisbane
To the delight of his many fans, Javier Codina is making his annual visit to Hervey Bay, Barcelona born Codina is assured of a rock stars welcome at the Fisherman’s Kitchen seafood cookery marquee.
Says Javier, ‘I am really looking forward to showcasing my Catalan style of cooking using the spectacular Queensland produce - catching up with local fishers and scientists for the news on the seasonal fish and the latest on sustainability.
“Although keen home cooks are showing much more interest in supporting local produce, which is wonderful, we need to continue the educational process on what seafood is caught where, to eat a locally as much as possible, support ethical small catchers and prepare food simply “.
JO AND ALDO - 2018 MasterChef
Her passion for travel leads to her food dream and she hopes when her MasterChef Australia journey comes to an end, she can combine her two great loves and create travel culinary tours for foodies across Australia and overseas. She hopes the experience will offer market and kitchen tours, and she can host cooking classes with local chefs.
Growing up in the Italian province of Bacoli, Aldo says sharing food was the key to his childhood. Each day his nonna would ask him what he wanted for lunch and dinner and he recalls always asking for pasta with cannellini beans and fresh mussels. He did not grow up with fancy food, it was all about fresh ingredients and comfort dining.
HAJIME HORIGUCHI – Tanto, Scarness Hervey Bay
Kyoto born Hajime Horiguchi now calls Hervey Bay home. He opened the first Japanese charcoal grilled restaurant for the Fraser Coast with Tanto.
Horiguchi began his love affair with seafood, cooking from the tender age of 5 at his father’s restaurant. This has seen him become a much awarded Chef, since 2002 ( Noosa’s Wasabi Restaurant - two hats, Best Regional Restaurant, and a National Finalist of Electrolux Appetite for Exellence of 2013. In 2014,he joined as Head Chef at Minamishima being awarded two hats, Best Restaurant of the year VIC of Good Food and Wine Guide.
ASSOC PROFESSOR DARYL MCPHEE – Bond University
Associate Professor Daryl McPhee is Head of Higher Degree Research at Bond University and a Director of the Commonwealth Government’s Fisheries Research & Development Corporation. He is highly regarded researcher worldwide for his practical experience in both commercial and recreational fisheries management
Author of several non-fiction fisheries management books – the most recent being nominated for the 2018 Queensland Literary Awards, Daryl been coming to Hervey Bay since childhood to wet a line. He not only talks the talk but is champion recreational angler – as are his children.
Sebastian de Kort - The Cheese Pleaser - Brisbane
Seb always knew he’d pursue a career as a chef. Work experience with a bread maker and chef in his early teens was the precursor to 7 years at Brisbane’s Moda under the wing of celebrated Catalan chef, Javier Codina.
Seb is making his first appearance at the Fishermans Kitchen. This by no means is not his first trip to Hervey Bay for the De Kort with family links in the Bay.
DENIS MAHER – Low n slow BBQ shack pit master
Fraser Coast Foodies Network
Food blogger and feature writer, Denis Maher is the champion of food on the Fraser Coast with his Fraser Coast Foodies Network spreading the region's food scene news. The salt water in his veins from a stint as a Master Fisherman in the state's north and now a marine business consultant nationally assures that he is never far from fresh local seafood. Denis' other hat as barbecue pitmaster is embracing the smoked and BBQ slowcooking movement - bringing new flavours to the Fraser Coast.