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Whitianga Scallop Festival Turns 10

With the annual Whitianga Scallop Festival a little under 10 weeks away. Town is gearing up for the best festival ever. Over 100,000 scallops will shuck and cook in a myriad of ways!

The 50 plus available cuisine stands have all been booked by a mix of:

  • Local chefs
  • Restaurants
  • Community groups serving up scallops

In a purpose built village of marquees on the 6th September 2014 on The Esplanade, Whitianga.

Cathedral Cove Macadamia

Cathedral Cove Macadamias will be back, hoping to take the Best Stand Award for the ten year anniversary clinching a 10 in a row winning sweep.

Cathedral Cove Macadamia - scallop festival

Celebrity chefs attending this year are:

  • Ray McVinnie: not only a Masterchef fame but he also has been a great festival supporter over the years
  • Josh Emett: cooking stage and judge from Masterchef NZ
  • Julie Buiso: Food Writer for Taste Magazine.

master chef - new zealandAll of our chefs will be cooking 2 scrumptious scallop recipes on stage and the crowd will have a chance to taste their creations, and pick up a copy of the recipes to take home and try.

Once again Tracey- Lee Hooton (of Masterchef fame) will be exchanging her cooking utensils for the MC microphone for the day.

Lee Housotn - Scallop Festival

New to the festival entertainment line-up this year are Kara Gordon as well as Watson and Nicky. They will be bringing their unique blend of music to the stage. Past crowd favourites Vegas Brown and The Great Brain Robbers will also be back performing on our Waterways Music Stage.

Besides Scallop Festival

If you fancy a round of golf, to make room for a few more scallops on the Saturday, register for the Mercury Bay Golf Club – Scallop Festival open. Make a long weekend of it and come and enjoy what the picturesque Mercury Bay and The Coromandel has to offer.

bigstock-Golf-Course-And-Vehicle - Scallop festival

Tickets are on sale at and Event finder. Event organiser, Fiona Kettlewell said:

Don’t delay in getting your tickets as they are selling fast. Only a limited number of tickets are available and once they are sold, there will be no gate sales on the day of the festival.

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