FOOD is the focus for the Tin Can Bay Seafood Festival this year and organiser Cameron Henderson from the Tin Can Chamber of Commerce is excited to see how the day will turn out.

"We've looking forward to it, and really enjoying it," he said.

Celebrity chef Mat Golinksi will be doing five cooking demonstrations throughout the day on Saturday, and Dan and Steph Mulheron, My Kitchen Rules winners from 2013, will be sharing culinary tips and hints and their seafood sausages, created especially for the festival.

Others with a stall, Lynn and Tony Woodborne from MKR 2014, will be selling cheese and deli small goods.

Also worthy of mention is the locally sourced fresh seafood, supplied and cooked by commercial fisherfolk and various vendors.

Main stage will be the venue to catch plenty of live music, dancers, children's shows and even a snake wrangler from Wild Spirit Snakes.

The festival will be officially opened by Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss and Gympie Mayor Mick Curran.

Offstage, there will also be plenty to see and do with roving magicians, clowns and Jill Zimmerman with her snakes, a petting zoo, pony and camel rides, and helicopter joy-flights.

You have a chance to get involved too, in the prawn eating competitions, mullet throwing comp, and raffle draw at 3pm, where one lucky person will win a boat, trailer and outboard motor.

"This is the second year we've organised the festival, so it has been a bit easier this time," Mr Henderson said. "But we've got our fingers crossed for good weather."

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