NEW FESTIVAL: Organisers Elaine Lewthwaite (left) and Michelle Fuchs are excited about the new Hervey Bay Ocean Festival.
NEW FESTIVAL: Organisers Elaine Lewthwaite (left) and Michelle Fuchs are excited about the new Hervey Bay Ocean Festival. Alistair Brightman

Week-long Hervey Bay Ocean Festival announced

SEAFOOD, whales and everything in the deep blue sea will be celebrated in a new nine-day festival, held in Hervey Bay.

This year, the former whale and seafood festivals are joining to create the new Hervey Bay Ocean Festival.

The event will run for more than a week, beginning on Saturday, August 13 with the blessing of the fleet.

The seafood festival will be held on August 14, with the whale parade and paddle out held later during the week.

Interim general manager of Fraser Coast Opportunities Leigh Bennett said the festivals were combined to encourage tourists to stay in the region longer, by offering more events in a shorter period.

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"Between seafood and whales, we are celebrating two heroes of Hervey Bay," Leigh said.

"We are really looking forward to working with the Hervey Bay Seafood Festival to deliver an impactful nine days of events."

President of the Hervey Bay Seafood Festival Elaine Lewthwaite said plans had already been in place to expand the festival she ran, when FCO pitched the idea of the partnership.

"Now we will be able to leverage off each event to deliver an amazing festival that will showcase the region's natural attributes and the magnificent wild catch seafood from the pristine waters of the Fraser Coast," Elaine said.

Chronicle readers shared their favourite seafood, straight from Fraser Coast waters.

Judie Zerk said "natural oysters and garlic scallops - yum", and Christine Hogan said oyster mornay was her favourite.


Did you know?

 Seafood is Australia's fifth-largest industry.

 The annual whale watch begins in Hervey Bay on July 7.



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