Bumper seafood festival
RESIDENTS wanting to re-live the fun of the 2010 Tin Can Bay Seafood festival can watch it on television in coming weeks.
Network Ten is featuring the local festival in its new travel program.
Ex-Sale of the Century co-host Nicky Buckley and her family are starring in the new show and will feature the Tin Can Bay festival in the very first episode.
Event manager Beryl Rowan said it was a real coup for the Tin Can Bay Seafood Festival.
She said the show would air the Saturday after the Commonwealth Games finished at 4.30pm.
“They came to Tin Can Bay especially for the Seafood Festival and they weren’t disappointed.
Nicky’s husband Murray, who also worked on Sale of the Century as a male model, entered the mullet-throwing competition, and their three boys entered other competitions on the day.
Ms Rowan said this year’s event was the biggest on record with more than15,000 people coming to enjoy the fresh seafood and entertainment. “It was absolutely fantastic.
“There was in excess of 15,000 people – it was absolutely massive.”
There were so many people at the event that queues for seafood seemed to be never ending.
“There were five queues and people were waiting for up to 40 minutes to get their seafood,” she said.
“All the stall holders said it was the biggest event ever. A lot were sold out by the end of the day.”
This year was the first the Tin Can Bay Seafood Festival incorporated a 4WD and camping component.
“Everyone was very happy with the amount of inquiries,” Ms Rowan said. “They are ready for next year.”
Another highlight of the day was the waiters’ race, won by the crew from Snappers on the Mariner who donated their prize to the Tin Can Bay SES to raffle as a fundraiser.
Ms Rowan thanked those involved, especially event co-ordinator Eleanor Weir and committee members: Kevin and Kath Reibel, Trevor Knobs, Tom Adams, and Valerie Todd.