Reg Humphris, left, and Mitchell Cooper of Gladstone Fish Market ham it up in preparation for the annual Gladstone Area Water Board Seafood Festival.
Reg Humphris, left, and Mitchell Cooper of Gladstone Fish Market ham it up in preparation for the annual Gladstone Area Water Board Seafood Festival. Brenda Strong

Seafood fest to be prawn-sational

THEY are two of the most hotly contested competitions the Gladstone events calendar has seen.

And there is nothing at all graceful when it comes to skinning a slimy prawn – or a cooked one for that matter – in the One Armed Raw Prawn Peeling and One Armed Prawn Peeling competitions.

Some of the Gladstone region’s most well known identities will take to the Gladstone Marina stage on Sunday, September 12 to demonstrate their prawn peeling prowess as part of this year’s Gladstone Area Water Board Seafood Festival.

The prawn peeling competitions are just two of the many highlights featuring at the annual festival which will take place at the Gladstone Marina from 10am to 4pm. This year will mark the 12th annual seafood festival, an event which attracts thousands of residents each year in search of a feast of fresh and cooked seafood delicacies straight from the ocean.

And this year will not disappoint with a range of market and food stalls, licensed bar, live music, fashion parade and cooking demonstrations.

Gladstone Festival and Events general manager Michelle Stafford said this year’s celebrity chef is renowned cook, author and television presenter Sally Jenyns who would do cooking demonstrations at 1pm and 2.30pm.

“She has also agreed to throw her hat in the ring in the One Armed Raw Prawn Peeling Competition which will get under way in front of the main stage at 12.30pm,” Ms Stafford said.

“The competitions have become a popular tradition to the festival.” Asked if she had ever competed in either of the prawn peeling competitions, Ms Stafford was quick to reply: “No way! I’ve got no intentions of competing”. “I’m flat out peeling a prawn with both hands let alone one,” she said.

Ms Stafford said both competitions were highly entertaining to watch as contestants set about peeling and de-veining a prawn anyway they can with one arm behind their back.

She said quite often contestants practiced their “little hearts out” in the lead up to the event.



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