Plans under way for Tin Can Bay Seafood Festival

THE prawn eating contest is on again at this year's Tin Can Bay Seafood Festival on September 26.

This popular event is in its 15th year and the second under the current Tin Can Bay Chamber of Commerce.

The free festival presents a dazzling, delicious selection of super seafood prepared and cooked by the men and women of the Tin Can Bay Commercial fishing industry.

This year you can catch some seafood cooking tips when Gympie food ambassador Matt Golinski presents his informative food demonstrations.

MKR 2013 winners Dan and Steph will again have a stall so be sure to stop by.

Other popular MKR stars to make it to the festival include Lynn and Tony who were in the third group of MKR this year.

To help refresh your memory, they were the South African couple from Queensland.

While some things stay the same there will be some changes.

This year there will be 4x4 displays from ARB Gympie, opposite lock Gympie and Tyre Power Gympie.

As well as static displays from TCB Coastguard, Coastcare, Marine parks and wildlife and waterways patrol and the rural fire brigade.

The mullet throwing which is often a big hit and almost attracted Alice Cooper to town last year is on again start at 1pm.

Another attraction is the prawn eating comp of which there will be two sessions just near the stage.

For kids there will be an animal petting zoo and pony rides, there will also be some entertainment on the main stage with two showings of Kangagang (a kids show) in the morning and also afternoon.

Be on the lookout for an entertaining roving clown and magician for extra festival fun.

And don't miss out the different rides this year that have been brought along by a new rides operator.

The helicopter will be in attendance offering some splendid views over Tin Can Bay.

On stage, the festival features Gympie Academy of Country music headed up by Stealing Lincoln who will bring the day to an end. Also on stage will be the Kashmiri dancers in the morning, A new addition to the stage entertainment will be Jill Zimmerman from wild spirit snakes.

The major fundraiser has been getting around town and by this stage you will have seen the boat and motor around town.

This year there are only 2500 tickets available, so get yours quickly at $5 each.

If you haven't got your ticket yet it will be your last opportunity at the festival as it will be drawn on the day.

Prior to the festival we have the dinner auction.

Again Graham Engeman will auction the many goods on hand.

Local musician Yasmin Morris, Aka Yazmindi will entertain us throughout the night with her indie country style of music.

To keep us fed the team at the Sleepy Lagoon Hotel will provide a seafood buffet, there are also meat options available should you be unable to eat Seafood Contact them at the Sleepy for tickets that are on sale now for $55 a head. There are only 100 tickets available so be quick, get a table of eight together and prepare for a great night.

Seafood buffet

  • Sleepy Lagoon Hotel
  • 12-16 Bream St, TCB Saturday, September 12 Two-course seafood dinner.
  • Alternatively, meat is available
  • Start: 6.30pm
  • Phone: 5486 4124
  • Tickets: $55 per person

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