About Us


The Hervey Bay Seafood Festival was established in 1998 . Held the second Sunday of August the annual festival captures Hervey Bay’s perfect winter sunshine and the best of the local wild catch seafood in the net for a day filled with fun, fishy talk and fabulous food. Each year over 10,000 lovers of seafood and wine gather in Fishermen’s Park for the biggest seafood picnic in Australia.

The festival has gone on to become an anchor event for the region and has collected a sway of awards – having won three Australia Day Community Event of the Year awards and in 2011 the festival was awarded the Best Seafood Promotion in Queensland and went on to represent Queensland at the national level.


The Hervey Bay Seafood Festival Association is a not for profit incorporated body. It was formed by the local fishermen to raise the profile of the local commercial fishing industry, promote the local seafood and to grow the opportunities for seafood as an attraction and greater contributor to the lifestyle of Hervey Bay. The membership is predominately commercial fishermen, seafood processors, workers of the industry, allied industry and friends of the community. Any profits from the festival are put toward subsequent festivals and promoting the local seafood.


The venue is the exact location where generations of professional fishermen have brought their catches ashore. A natural shady parkland, Fishermens Park with sweeping views to world heritage listed Fraser Island and the Great Sandy Marine Park is the perfect setting to tell the story of local seafood.


Our fabulous sponsorship team continues to embrace the concept continue to share the experience and the excitement of growing the festival to become this unique event of the seafood industry and Hervey Bay.

Along with our foundation sponsors we are proud to welcome new sponsors annually to join the local fishing families who also give generously of their time. Thank You for your support. (view sponsors)


The seafood on sale at this year’s Fraser Lions Hervey Bay Seafood Festival has been responsibly harvestedfrom the sustainable saltwater fisheries of Queensland.

The fishers, who are festival volunteers and members of the Queensland Seafood Industry Association, are signatories to the Wide Bay Burnett/ Great Sandy (WBBGS) Environmental Management System for the seafood industry- launched May 2008.

We encourage the seafood consumers to ask their local seafood suppliers to ask for our sustainably and responsibly harvested fish, prawns and crabs. Our vessels and packaging can be identified with this logo.

Thank you for choosing fresh wild caught local seafood – and supporting a truly sustainable industry. Read more about EMS in Queensland seafood here