Staring at the sea while eating the ocean's finest bounty is one of life's simple pleasures, and the coastal haven of Apollo Bay has an entire fest dedicated to it. At the Apollo Bay Seafood Festival, you'll eat lobster rolls, drink with sailors, listen to blues by the bay and hear about the town's fishing history — while learning to how to make pans of paella, listening to sea shanties and shopping at the market.
That's how you mark the 80th anniversary of the Apollo Bay Fishermen's Co-Op — one of only three remaining operational fishing co-operatives in the state. Taking place from February 16 to 18, the 2018 event expands its fun over three themed days, with Friday dedicated to a decadent four-course feast, Saturday taking the festivities to the harbour, and Sunday all about chatting (and, yes, eating).
Prices vary from free entry to the pop-up bar (BYO fish and chips and to catch a sea-themed openair cinema session, to $150 for the long-table shared meal with Movida's Frank Camorra. More than 8000 people are expected to attend, enjoying highlights that also include whisky tastings with tapas, a dinner combining food from the ocean and the bush, and beach sculptures for the littlies.