Fraser Coast Tourism and Events regrets to advise that the 2020 Relish Food & Wine Festival, Mary Poppins Festival, Whale Festival and Seafood Festival have been postponed due to the Federal Government’s restrictions on non-essential gatherings during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Love seafood? Bring a chair or a picnic blanket,celebrate, relax and feast with the seafood industry at Seafront Oval Pialba.  No BYO food & drinks or Dogs allowed.  Eskys will inspected on entry.


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.


Brad Bucher

Brad Butcher

“From the get go I’ve been trying to make this album,” says Brad Butcher looking over his new Record, Travelling Salesman.

It may sound surprising for a man releasing his fourth long-player, having already won a Golden Guitar for New Talent Of The Year at Tamworth, and Country Song Of The Year in the 2018 Queensland Music Awards. But Travelling Salesman is a landmark for the former Mackay boy whose hallmark is sometimes brutal honesty.


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.

Craig lamond

Craig Lamond

Bundaberg’s own hard working tradie and family man,   Craig Lamond is a self-taught singer songwriter in the country Australiana genre. His debut album 'One on the up' was released in July 2018.

Photographer: LS Paul Berry 

Mr Fred Smith strums his guitar on the rooftops of Multinational Base Tarin Kowt in Afghanistan. 
When he is not entertaining troops and writing songs, Fred is the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade representative with the First Mentoring and Reconstruction Task Force in the Oruzgan Province.

Deep Caption:
Operation SLIPPER is Australia's military contribution to the international campaign against terrorism, piracy and improving maritime security. Under this operation our forces contribute to the efforts of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) - led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan. ISAF seeks to bring security, stability and prosperity to Afghanistan and aims to prevent Afghanistan again becoming a safe haven for international terrorists. Operation SLIPPER also supports the United States led International Coalition Against Terrorism (ICAT) in the broader Middle East.

Fred Smith

The Short Story Fred Smith has emerged as one of Australia's most interesting songwriters. He has spent the last 20 years all over the joint: working on peace keeping missions in Afghanistan and the South Pacific, touring in America and travelling the Australian festival circuit. He is the subject of the film Bougainville Sky about his time in the war-torn islands of the South Pacific where his work as a musician and radio broadcaster contributed to the success of the world's first unarmed peace keeping force.

Fred was the first Australian diplomat to be posted to Uruzgan in July of 2009, and the last to leave in 2013. He wrote a powerful collection of songs about the realities of life for soldiers and civilians in this difficult war, recently released on a high acclaimed album called Dust of Uruzgan.


Fiona O'Shea

Not in it for fame nor fortune, O'Shea is the genuine article, both individual and unconventional. Genre hopping with ease between rock, folk, country and blues.
Growing up on the land, now living on the Sunshine Coast, Australia elements of O'Shea's lifestyle are evident in her music. Writing at night under the stars audiences can feel the authenticity of heart, hear the surf rolling in and smell the camp fire wood burning.
As the flame continues to burn O'Shea continues to increase her devoted fan base performing at festivals around the region, venues and house concerts throughout Australia.


The Fishermans Kitchen Seafood Cookery Marquee

JAVIER CODINA - Moda Tapas Brasa Bar, Petrie Tce, 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 “.

Assoc Professor Daryl McPhee

Professor Daryl  McPhee hosts a Q & A with local professional fishers and chefs of the region regarding the demand for local seafood and the sustainably sourcing of the product within the pristine waterways of the Great Sandy Marine Park.


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 - Nota, Paddington - 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 returning to Fishermans Kitchen in 2019.

Commercial Fishermans - The Secrets to Perfect Prawns

The Real Fisherman in the Kitchen - 

Watch how a professional fisherman cooks up the perfect prawn.  Ask questions and learn about how the real fisherman catch, cook and store the prawns at sea and at home.