Head chef at Gympie’s The Decks restaurant, Phil Sugg will share his marinate prawn secret at Tin Can Bay today.
Head chef at Gympie’s The Decks restaurant, Phil Sugg will share his marinate prawn secret at Tin Can Bay today. Tanya Easterby

Cooking secret to be shared at seafood festival

A SECRET weapon in the kitchen, the chance to make a shrewd investment, a sand castle competition and some of the finest seafood available anywhere - how many reasons do you need to attend today's fabulous Tin Can Bay Seafood Festival?

Head chef at Gympie's The Decks restaurant, Phil Sugg promises to reveal the secret ingredient that makes his cooking so satisfying, treating the crowd to samples of his fabulous marinate green prawns (in ginger and olive oil).

The $5 raffle to "Win Your Weight in Prawns" might just be the best investment possible, with only 800 tickets on sale.

Simple but effective - that is the best description of chef Phil Sugg's secret marinate prawns recipe (with ginger and olive oil, grilled on the barbecue and served on skewers with home made tomato chutney).

But it is a secret he will be sharing with everyone who samples his work at today's Tin Can Bay Seafood festival, from 9am to 4pm.

The recipe, including its secret extra ingredient, will be one of the great take-home benefits for patrons of today's Tin Can Bay Seafood Festival.

But that is only part of the seafood story of Tin Can Bay and only part of the produce available.

With free admission and plenty of free activities, the festival is a show for the whole family.

The not for profit event is held organised every year by the Tin Can Bay Chamber of Commerce and Tourism to celebrate the town's heritage.

"All funds raised are used to provide the entertainment," organisers said yesterday.

Make a deal with the largest person you know to make the most of your chances in the $5 "Win Your Weight in Prawns" raffle. The odds are not bad, with only 800 tickets to be sold and the chance for a 100kg person to win 20 of those big 5kg cartons that normally sell for more than $120 each - that represents a $2400 prize.

Free live music, giant kite flying displays, the kids' sand castle competition and a boating and camping display will be accompanied by helicopter joy rides, pony and camel rides, stalls and the beer tent.

Gympie Times


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