While this year’s Scallop Fiesta may be smaller than its predecessors, it won’t stop the enjoyment of some premium seafood for those lucky to attend.
The annual scallop spectacle will go ahead this weekend on Sunday, August 23 with a number of coronavirus-related restrictions in place.
Fiesta director Tony Scott said it was a bit of a challenge to organise this year’s event, but it would be nice to provide some kind of event for people rather than postponing until 2021.
“The idea is to give people a reason to celebrate the fact that we do have some world-class seafood in Tasmania and wine just up the road from Bridport,” Mr Scott said.
“We’re calling it a boutique fiesta because previous fiestas have had about 3000 people and we’re limited this year to about 650 people.”
The limited event has certainly proven popular, with tickets selling out weeks ago.
There will be however, a non-ticketed producers market at the Bridport Village Green on August 22 between 10am and 2pm.
In other news:
“We’ve almost planned a winter festival of sorts, so that we would be able to inject a bit of life at a fairly low-activity time of year,” Mr Scott said. The fiesta will include a number of chef demonstrations and wine masterclasses.
Mr Scott said like other years the event will showcase not only the North East’s quality scallops, by the area’s fine wines and fresh produce.
Allan Barnett, owner of Allan Barnett Fishing Company, will be one such scallop producer promoting his wares on the day.
Mr Barnett said COVID restrictions had led to his factory work staff being halved due to social distancing requirements as well as exporting and restaurant trade taking a hit.
He said the Scallop Fiesta would be a good opportunity to get the product back into the public domain.
“Any seafood out of Tassie is pretty good with the pristine waters and clean green environment … not only that it’s getting to be known as a sustainable fishery area that’s well managed,” Mr Barnett said.