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By Jonathan Ford
December 15, 2019
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By Jonathan Ford
December 15, 2019
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Portarlington Mussel Festival has become one of the largest yearly events to take place in the tiny bayside community. Each year, over ten tonnes of locally harvested mussels are served to 30,000 seafood-loving punters.

For its 13th year in 2020, Australia's mussel capital will host over 200 market stalls, peddling not only shellfish but fresh local produce too. There'll be live music across three stages, art, cooking demos, activities for kids and, most importantly, beer and wine tastings. And entry is just $5.

Established in 2007, the festival highlights the importance of the Bellarine's aquaculture industry — 60 percent of Australia's mussels come from Portarlington. Despite the town's remoteness, you can jump on a ferry from Melbourne or, even better, do a coastal road trip.

Top image: Visit Victoria. 

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