Elaine Lewthwaite and Katie-May Dudley with one of the seafood platters that Urangan State High School students Rohan Hook (left), Jeff Garton, Tiffany Sneddon, Kimberlea Shorten and tutor Damien Symes have prepared ahead of Sunday’s Seafood Festival.
Elaine Lewthwaite and Katie-May Dudley with one of the seafood platters that Urangan State High School students Rohan Hook (left), Jeff Garton, Tiffany Sneddon, Kimberlea Shorten and tutor Damien Symes have prepared ahead of Sunday’s Seafood Festival. Alistair Brightman

Something fishy on Coast menu

A FLURRY of rainfall on Tuesday night brought its own little headaches in the lead-up to Sunday’s 12th annual Fraser Lions Hervey Bay Seafood Festival, but not near enough to unduly trouble Elaine Lewthwaite.

“The weather is going to clear for the festival. Mother Nature has promised us blue skies,” the long-time organiser said yesterday.

A council crew will move in today to pump out excessive water at Fisherman’s Park in Urangan, the long-time venue of the hugely popular fishy fest.

“Hopefully it’s a festival that will be talked about as the best ever.”

Ms Lewthwaite and her hard-working festival team have learned a thing or two about putting on a quality festival since its inception in the late 1990s.

“It has got a bit easier over the years, I think. We have a strong core group and we all have the same belief.

“The stallholders are great. They kick in and know what to do.

“We have trimmed the beast a bit to run it more sustainably.”

The trimming leads to the introduction – for the first time – of a $2 admission fee this Sunday.

“There will be lots to learn about the industry on the day. All the fishermen have kicked into gear. The industry really pulls together for the festival.

“Plus there is a huge community input working into this.”

Ms Lewthwaite is rapt with the little extras added to this year’s festival program, not least the Tastes of the Bay initiative that will have celebrity chef Andrew Mirosch serving up a unique three-course meal of totally local product.

He will be helped by the students from Urangan State High School’s catering and hospitality class.

“It’s a great opportunity for our future, working with a chef like Andrew,” 17-year-old student Rohan Hook said.

“It’ll be a nerve-wracking experience to work with someone famous.”

Rohan, who will be maitre d’ for the day, said he was concentrating on bringing a clear, strong voice and some kindness to the job on Sunday.

As well as working with the award-winning chef from Brisbane the eight students will also have the opportunity to meet and mix with the type of network that comes with the food service industry leaders.



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