GLADSTONE'S very own mud crabs will be on the menu as part of a showcase of our finest seafood.

The Gladstone Seafood Festival is back after a four-year hiatus and it will have a wide range of seafood freshly caught by our local fishermen available for purchase.

Gladstone Area Promotion and Development Ltd and Gladstone Festival and Events have had many sponsors to help promote the event and get some free activities happening for a fun family day out.

The event organisers are hoping Gladstone Marina will be packed out between 10am-5pm on Sunday by visitors and locals trying out the fresh local seafood.

TUCKING IN: GAPDL chief Glenn Churchill, tourism officer Karen Sweeney, Yacht Club chefs Jake Kolich and Harry Singh, GFE president Ray Lewis and event co-ordinator Abi Galbraith with a sampling of the fare on offer.
TUCKING IN: GAPDL chief Glenn Churchill, tourism officer Karen Sweeney, Yacht Club chefs Jake Kolich and Harry Singh, GFE president Ray Lewis and event co-ordinator Abi Galbraith with a sampling of the fare on offer. MIKE RICHARDS

There will also be free rides, food and market stalls, licenced bar and live entertainment by Mo Swagger, The Corporates, 2 Doors Down and Absolutely.

There will be stilt walkers, the prawn-peeling championships are back and you can't forget the facepainters.

The festival was originally set down for October, but GAPDL chief Glenn Churchill said it was moved back as the breeding cycle of the mud crab occurs during that month.

"It was stopped in 2011 due to circumstances relevant to the harbour," Mr Churchill said.

"I've been continuing to eat seafood out of our region and our harbour and I love it, and we should let those enjoy it if they want to, it's the region of choice.

"Gladstone seafood went off our community agenda, and we want it back on our agenda."

Mr Churchill said the sad part about it was that Gladstone's seafood continued to be caught, shipped and flown out around the world.

WHAT'S TO EAT?

  • Gladstone mud crabs
  • Fresh prawns
  • Moreton Bay bugs
  • Scallops
  • Oysters


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