FAQs

Are dogs allowed? In certain areas
Is smoking allowed? No
Are children free? Yes, kids under 6 are free
Do I have to buy tickets online? For Harbour day, No, but you can skip the queues if you do. Other events, Yes
Will there be wine? Yes
Where do I park? Drive through town, past the co-op, down the hill and you will be directed
Will there be music? Yes, all day. There will be two stages running from 11am to 9pm
Will there be cooking demonstrations? Not on the stage, but we are mixing it up so keep your eyes peeled! 
Will there be kids activities? Yes, all day. The Kids Program runs from 11am to 6pm
Will it be fun. Yes, absolutely.

FESTIVAL INFO

DOWN THE HATCH – Friday 15th February 7 PM

Festivities will kick off with the 2019 ‘ocean to plate’ gala feast Down The Hatch, at the Mechanics Hall on Friday, February 15 at 7 pm. Handcrafted by executive chef Nick Mahlook and his team of artisans from The Atlantic, the eight-course shared dinner will showcase locally caught fresh seafood and produce, and a selection of wines. For the perfect finale Om Nom’s executive chef Jo Ward will reveal a magically sweet ocean themed dessert.

HARBOUR DAY – Saturday 16th February 8:00 AM

The Apollo Bay Harbour will transform into an ‘Off the Boat’ Seafood Market on Saturday, February 16, from 8 am – 9.30 am festival punters will be able to buy fresh seafood straight off the fishermen who caught the catch. The festival has always been about championing the spirit of our local fishing community and being able to buy direct is as fresh as you can physically get and a great way to share the world-class seafood that our fisherman source locally. Just before lunchtime the harbour will launch into a packed day of music and pop up restaurants, boasting delicious lobster rolls, seafood dumplings, huge paella pans, southern rock lobster, abalone sashimi and much more. Kids will be able to get in on the fun with a hands-on educational program featuring interactive demonstrations and displays, sailing lessons, casting competitions and harbour expeditions. With some of Australia’s best musical acts (to be announced), the festivities will wind up late into the evening.

CONVERSATIONS IN THE LITTORAL – Sunday 17th February 10:00 AM

Following the success of ‘Conversations’ in 2018, join us for a day of ‘Conversations in the Littoral’. Stories from the littoral zone are stories of connections: connections between land and sea; past, present and future, culture and nature; stories from farmers, fishers, future makers, and Indigenous culture keepers, moderated again by the ineffably passionate team of Richard Cornish and Hillary McNevin. Like the mythical African bird Sankofa, we will look to the past as a guide to the future.