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We’re back and excited to announce the date for the next Whitianga Scallop Festival as Saturday 18th September 2021.  The Festival will involve all of the great seafood, live music and entertainment that has made this event one of New Zealand’s best loved food and wine festivals.

 

Both organisers and regular festival goers were understanding, albeit disappointed, not to have a festival in 2020 given the risks of Covid-19. It has increased the anticipation and excitement for 2021 where the line-up of food, beverages, celebrity chefs, bands and more, will deliver an exceptional event.

 

The Whitianga Scallop Festival delivers a jam packed day centred around music, food, wine and entertainment, as well as the opportunity for the local community to benefit.

 

Brought to you by Whitianga Scallop Festival Inc, this event is an opportunity for community groups such as Mercury Bay Area School, Scouts and the Lions Club to raise generous funds for their organisations.

 

To be held beside the Whitianga Marina, tickets go on sale in April 2021. We have no doubt this event will continue to be a sell out and thrilled to have it back on the calendar.

Whitianga Oceans Festival

The Whitianga Oceans Festival, formerly the Whitianga Scallop Festival, delivers a fabulous day centred around seafood, music, beverages and entertainment. The festival is a celebration of the regions seafood and marine heritage, held annually in September – this year Saturday 18 September. We’re now in our sixteenth year and the festival has grown into one of New Zealand’s iconic seafood/kaimoana, celebrations. Given there will be no scallops served as they are left to rest, this year the festival savours a variety of seafood cooked in a myriad of different ways by renowned chefs, food trucks and local community groups. As a festival goer, you get a chance to taste and indulge in an array of seafood in ways you may not have imagined. The seafood is complemented with an array of local and New Zealand beverages, and you’ll be entertained by live bands, buskers, seafood cooking classes and more. Be captivated at our Master Chef cooking stage, learning the secrets of world class recipes. You’ll love the array of live music on offer with our two stages full of musicians playing from start to finish. This year the traditional festival site is being used for marina development work. Given this we’ll hold this iconic festival at Lyon Park, fronting onto the Whitianga Harbour. This site gives us better opportunities to celebrate our local seafood with the entertainment we are renowned for. Brought to you by Whitianga Scallop Festival Inc., this event is an opportunity for community groups such as Mercury Bay Area School, Scouts and the Lions Club to raise generous funds for their organisations. Make a long weekend of it in Whitianga.
Whitianga Oceans Festival
Whitianga Oceans Festival
We're getting ready to announce some of the entertainment for this years festival so watch this space - it's exciting 🤩
Whitianga Oceans Festival
Whitianga Oceans Festival
The perfect event to get the girls together, dress up for a laugh and enjoy delicious cuisine with some great beverages to match 🥂
Whitianga Oceans Festival
Whitianga Oceans Festival
Introducing our third guest chef in the trio of fabulous chefs - Michael van de Elzen. Michael is one of New Zealand’s most loved chefs having starred in a number of television shows, most recently TVNZ’s Eat Well For Less New Zealand. We look forward to Michael weaving his magic with seafood.
Whitianga Oceans Festival
Whitianga Oceans Festival
Another great image we've come across from prior years at the Festival 🥳 You've got to love the matching boots! We hope you are enjoying planning your outfits for this year. 😎
Whitianga Oceans Festival
Whitianga Oceans Festival
We are excited to have Nici Wickes , who joins Ray McVinnie, as one of our chefs at the Festival. Nici is a food and cooking enthusiast who's all about no-fuss, confidence-building cooking. We can't wait to see what she has up her sleeve for fresh seafood.

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