THE Apollo Bay community has been counting the days until its first Apollo Bay Seafood Festival and there is only one more sleep to go.
Festival spokeswoman Katrina Kiely said tomorrow’s seafood event promised “to be huge”.
“After the official opening and cracking of the cray at 10am, we begin our cooking demonstrations and tastings from some of the region’s top chefs followed by music from the Apollo Bay Music Festival all under the main marquee,” Ms Kiely said.
“Peter “Grubby” Stubbs is our famed MC for the day, providing no doubt many laughs.”
Ms Keily said the festival would offer ocean fish and crustaceans along with Otway wines, beers, berries, shiitake mushrooms, truffles and other district produce.
“The festival will showcase all the fruits of the sea and the forest that we have in our amazing Otway region.”
Geelong Otway Tourism executive director Roger Grant said the seafood event would promote Apollo Bay to the Melbourne tourist market and to visitors from across Victoria.
He said the festival was a great addition to the Geelong Otway Tourism and Tourism Victoria-supported seafood walk campaign with its focus on the Apollo Bay region.
“Apollo Bay’s hero product is the crayfish and to promote that to Melbournians and other regional Victorians is a great thing to celebrate.
“It’s all about brand positioning and the hook is the seafood but the whole town and community are the beneficiaries,” he said.
Ms Keily said the foreshore festival program would also include a tug of war, roving performers from Cape Otway Lighthouse and a farmers market with “stalls galore”.
The community-led event will entertain young seafood lovers with face painting and give-aways for children for best costume.
Apollo Bay’s seafood fest kicks off at 10am tomorrow.