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Meet camp oven cooking guru at Relish Festival

Camp oven cooking guru Ranger Nick will be one of the special guests at this year’s Relish Food and Wine Festival on June 2 in Queensland’s Heritage City of Maryborough.

Another fantastic addition to this year’s festival is a Gin Joint in the basement of the historic Bond Store where visitors will be able to taste various gin cocktails while watching a spicy burlesque performance.

Ranger Nick, whose appearance has been sponsored by Hervey Bay RV lifestyle community Latitude 25, will show visitors how to cook an amazing tasty meal using a camp oven and a small fire pit.

Relish organiser Robyn Peach, of Fraser Coast Tourism and Events, said Ranger Nick would join leading local chefs, including 2013 My Kitchen Rules winners Dan and Steph Mulheron, in showcasing the Fraser Coast region’s finest local produce.

She said festival goers would be able to dig into mouth-watering locally caught seafood, homegrown macadamia nuts and gourmet cheeses matched with awarding-winning wines and some of the finest craft beers from across south-east Queensland.

“Meet our local growers and makers, who love to share the fruits of their work, and our talented chefs who are passionate about providing the unmistakable stamp of our region in every dish,” Mrs Peach said.

“The immensely popular Relish Long Lunch is back again this year along with the Bubbles on the Boat cruises on the tranquil Mary River.”

She said the day of indulgence was set against the backdrop of the beautiful Portside Precinct among heritage streetscapes, Mary River parklands and the Mary River.

The jam-packed program includes a workshop at Gatakers Artspace to reveal the secrets of making sheets of botanical paper derived from common garden plants such as ginger, onion skins and turmeric.

And Kenilworth Dairies is promising some udderly delicious and nutritious tastings and hands-on masterclass workshops including one on how to make delicious dips using yoghurt.

“Livening up the atmosphere further will be rhythm and blues soul artist Doug Williams – a contestant on The Voice in 2014,” Mrs Peach said.

“Local favourite, the nine-piece band Soul City will also be performing throughout the day.”

The annual event began in 2012 and continues to promote and celebrate the Fraser Coast’s regional produce and food industry while allowing locals the chance to experience the breadth of local culinary offerings and giving people outside of the region a tasty excuse to visit.

General entry is $10 for those who buy tickets online or at the Visitor Information Centres in Hervey Bay and Maryborough ahead of the event or $15 at the gate, while the prices for the long lunch, cruise, cooking classes and gin joint can be found at relishfrasercoast.com.au.

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Festival promises oceans of fun in Hervey Bay, Qld

 Succulent seafood, colourful parades, fireworks, culture, music and oceans experts will be coming in waves when the Fraser Coast splashes out with the annual Hervey Bay Ocean Festival, presented by USC from August 11-20.

From its official opening featuring a presentation from acclaimed conservationist Tim Flannery, to the Blessing of the Fleet on August 12, the Hervey Bay Seafood Festival on August 13, the Whale Festival Parade and Concert on August 19 and the Paddle Out for Whales on August 20 – it is a celebration not to be missed.

Martin Simons, General Manager for Fraser Coast Tourism and Events, said this year’s Ocean Festival, presented by USC was shaping up to be a fantastic time for the region.

“Once again a fabulous program of events has been arranged providing a great drawcard for locals and visitors alike,” Mr Simons said.

“The event continually grows in popularity with people enjoying fresh local seafood and great entertainment. The event also highlights important conservation messages needed to sustain the famous humpback whale migration patterns so beneficial to our region.

“We would like to congratulate Professor Tim Flannery, the 2007 Australian of the Year, who will be receiving an Honorary Doctorate from USC for his exemplary leadership in advocating for the environment.

“We are extremely pleased to have a supporter with the gravitas of the USC, which has come on board this year as a major sponsor of the festival,” Mr Simons said. 

Professor Flannery’s honorary award ceremony will take place at the Hervey Bay Beach House Hotel from 4-5pm on August 11 where he will deliver a public address on the social and economic opportunities of a carbon-negative future.

Further Event Highlights

Blessing of the Fleet (Saturday August 12): The Fraser Coast’s famous fleet of whale watch boats will be blessed in a centuries-old tradition at Hervey Bay Marina to ensure a safe and prosperous season.

Visitors can tour the many whale watch vessels, wander through market stalls packed with locally made arts and crafts, enjoy a sail past and watch the fabulous fireworks and live entertainment.

Hervey Bay Seafood Festival (Sunday August 13): The following day, August 13, offers something for all tastes. Hosted by the local industry, the event serves up a host of fresh and delicious wild-caught ocean produce, loads of entertainment, competitions, cooking and fish catching tips and much more at Fishermen’s Park, Urangan Boat Harbour.

Highlights of this year’s Seafood Festival include a bumper artistic, music and cultural program with performances by 8 Ball Aitken, Night Kite and The Dennis Sisters plus the chance to win a gate prize of hand-crafted earrings thanks to long-time festival supporters Haigh’s Jewellery.

Other tasty morsels include cooking demonstrations from leading chefs including Javier Codina from Moda Restaurant, seafood and fish-smoking masterclasses, a prawn eating competition, sideshow alley and loads of freebies.

Don’t miss the eclectic work of regional artists at Art in the Park including Butchulla art and weaving displays and the amazing recycled metal creations of Bundaberg-based sculptor John Olsen – new to this year’s program.

Whale Parade and Concert (Saturday August 19): Be enchanted by the colourful display of lights and floats representing the humpback’s annual migration, followed by a fabulous free concert with leading Australian and local artists on August 19. This year’s event has a Beach Party theme, so bring your beach ball and sarong to get in on the fun.

Paddle Out for Whales (Sunday August 20): This conservation and awareness-based event on August 20 is full of heart with visitors encouraged to jump aboard a paddleboard, kayak or boat to celebrate a love of whales in the whale-watching capital of the world. Enjoy a fun family day complete with Hawaiian dancing workshops, sand sculpting with Dennis Massoud and much more.

More Information: For full event information including times and the many further events that play part of the Hervey Bay Ocean Festival calendar, please head to oceanfestival.com.au.

 

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Hervey Bay on song for another bumper whale season

THE whale watching capital of the world, Hervey Bay, is open for business and delivering another bumper season with close encounters and the visitor experience of a lifetime.

Fraser Coast is undoubtedly Australia’s Home of the Humpbacks where the natural shape and calm protected waters of Hervey Bay offer a natural playground for thousands of the majestic creatures and the best up-close and personal whale watching encounters in the world.

This year an estimated 22,000 humpback whales have migrated from Antarctica to the warm northern waters to breed.

The humpbacks are now on their return journey and will be making their annual migration stop-over in Hervey Bay until early November. The proud new parents and the cutest calves on earth are making a temporary home in the tranquil marine environment of the Great Sandy Straits, creating a wonderland of intimate and interactive whale activity.

Hervey Bay’s world renowned whale fleet is famous for providing visitors with soul-stirring, intimate encounters with the gentle giants.

Get on board with one of these leading operators for a whale experience to live long in the memory.

Blue Dolphin has exclusive full day whale encounters including limited passenger numbers for great viewing; eight hours touring on board the luxury eco-friendly vessel; morning, afternoon tea and quality buffet lunch with free drink. If the conditions are right, passengers can immerse themselves with the whales in the water on the boat’s purpose-built platform. Passengers benefit from a highly educated crew with more than 30 years’ experience in marine animal behaviour.

Hervey Bay Whale Watch Quick Cat II has a full day Whales and Fraser Island experience including light breakfast, morning tea and hop off at Kingfisher Bay Resort on Fraser Island for lunch. Quick Cat ll offers four levels of viewing decks and full wheelchair access around the entire vessel. Underwater cameras and hydrophones add to the interactive experience, but for that once in a lifetime experience, Hervey Bay Whale Watch also offer a swim with whales experience that is not to be missed.

Whalesong are whale and dolphin specialists at Hervey Bay providing an ideal way to explore the pristine waterways and diverse wildlife between Fraser Island and the Fraser Coast. Discounted rates for teenagers (up to 18) makes for an affordable day out on the water, while fresh local produce prepared onboard will delight the tastebuds. Whalesong can also assist you with exploring Fraser Island while you’re here.

Freedom III is a family owned and operated business which offers longer days on the water and small to medium passenger numbers to provide a relaxed experience. Rated number one on TripAdvisor, it is clearly a popular choice, and with the delightful menu on offer including homemade morning tea, buffet lunch fresh fruit and cheese platter, it’s no wonder people keep going back for more.

Spirit of Hervey Bay is the largest and fastest whale watch vessel in Hervey Bay, offering the biggest underwater viewing room in the fleet and a hydrophone to listen to the whales. The Spirit has a range of well-priced tours complete with courtesy transfers, souvenir whale DVD and more. Five levels of viewing decks means you can catch the whales’ antics from every angle.

Tasman Venture offers multi-lingual guides, advanced eco certification, free onboard Wi-Fi and an immersive platform allowing guests to get closer to the humpbacks than ever. Tasman Venture is also the only operator permitted to access the North West Coast of Fraser Island, taking visitors to pristine, isolated locations.


Whale fact:

Hervey Bay has also recently become one of the first places in the world nominated to go through the process of being recognised as a Whale Heritage Site. The program by the World Cetacean Alliance (WCA) recognises the importance of whales to a region and promotes sustainable tourism and the protection of the natural environment.

Book now:

For bookings and further information on the Fraser Coast and some great season deals visit: whalesherveybay.com.au.

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