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Wild Harvest Seafood Festival

Help support the bushfire-affected town of Mallacoota by eating plenty of local oysters, prawns and abalone at this food festival.
By Libby Curran
January 28, 2020
By Libby Curran
January 28, 2020

UPDATE: MARCH 24, 2020 — Mallacoota's Wild Harvest Seafood Festival has been postponed to September 25–27, 2020, with 'the health and safety of Mallacoota's residents and visitors at the forefront' of the decision during these uncertain times. The below article has been updated to reflect this. To find out more about the status of COVID-19 in Australia and how to protect yourself, head to the Australian Government Department of Health's website.

If you're a seafood lover that's been looking to make good on your #emptyesky pledge (that is, to visit and support local businesses in bushfire-affected regions), here's an event for you. The annual Wild Harvest Seafood Festival returns to Mallacoota from Friday, September 25, to Sunday, September 27, and it's the perfect excuse to squeeze in a weekend getaway, while also helping to support some businesses that've impacted by the fires.

East Gippsland has had a particularly tough start to the year, but the coastal town is looking forward to welcoming 2020's batch of seafood lovers, albeit with a slightly tweaked festival program to previous outings.

This year's festivities are set to deliver a jam-packed celebration of top local produce, community and history. One of the main events is a huge seafood market, featuring a hefty array of food stalls, local booze pop-ups and a stack of local producers showcasing their finest ocean-fresh hauls, with abalone, sea urchin, prawns and many (many) oysters all on offer.

Elsewhere, you'll have the chance to jump aboard a Mallacoota Inlet cruise and learn all about estuary health and the effects of bushfires, or perhaps take a fishing workshop led by the crew at volunteer-run fishing education program FishCare.

An event by run by wine writer Max Allen and food writer Richard Cornish will even see you slurping oysters and champagne while learning the ill-fated history of southeastern Australia's natural oyster beds.

Something to note: this year's bushfire season has been particularly dangerous. Before you head on an out-of-town adventure, check the CFA and Parks Victoria websites and heed any alerts and warnings.

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