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Visit Apollo Bay Seafood Festival 10 Reason to Visit in 2020

Apollo Bay is one of Australia’s top destinations for locals, Australian travellers and tourists alike. The magnificent seafood village is embraced by the Great Otway National Park, rolling hills and tranquil beaches. It is also the destination of the Apollo Bay Seafood Festival which will be taking place on 14 – 16 February in 2020. We look at the 10 Reasons to Visit Apollo Bay Seafood Festival in 2020.

Visit Apollo Bay Seafood Festival in 2020
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Why you need to be in Apollo Bay for Valentine’s weekend in 2020

1. Submerged Gala Dinner

Like previous years, the Apollo Bay Seafood Festival kicks off with the submerged gala dinner. A delectable ocean to plate banquet, along with drinks and desserts. Locals are well aware of the speed of which the tickets sells out, therefore are we warning you to get yours soonest. The Gala Dinner starts at 7 pm until 11 pm on the 14th of February 2020.
Tickets: $195pp or $1900 for a table of 10
Where: Apollo Bay Mechanics Institute Hall, 21 Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay

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2. Harbour Day – Saturday 15 February

The main reason why people flock to Apollo Bay on Saturday 15 February from 10 am – 9 pm, is the event of the year; Harbour Day! As always are the main event Free to attend and an immeasurable amount of fun.

Visit Apollo Bay Seafood Festival in 2020
Source: Belinda Van Zanen

During the day the best of Australia’s musical acts get crowds going from early until late,
throughout the day. Festival attendees can expect to listen to the sounds of local legends, The Fillmores, The Beachniks, Nicky Bomba’s Bustamento and the rest of the lineup will be announced in January 2020.
Where: 1 Breakwater Road, Apollo Bay

3. From Ocean to Tummy….

Visit Apollo Bay Seafood Festival in 2020
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Where else will you enjoy the best day out for free with the freshest ingredients? After all, it is typical from the ocean to the tummy day in Apollo Bay.

Visit Apollo Bay Seafood Festival in 2020

Luscious smoked mussels, exquisite Yarra Valley caviar, organic oysters, abalone sashimi, southern rock lobster, octopus skewers, massive paellas, lobster roll and even seafood dumplings and much, much more delectable eats from sea to the plate.

4. Vendors and more Vendors….

Do you have something delectable that you want to sell? Are you ready to join the top vendors that have already confirmed their bookings? Each year the number of vendors grows and Australians, as well as tourists, have the best fresh foods to look forward to all weekend. Everyone competes to give their best to festival-goers.
Current vendors that already booked their spots include:
 Apollo Bay Fishermans Co-op
 Boutique Event Co
 Sacca
 Apollo Bay Gin
 Prickly Moses
 ORA
 Bycatch BBQ
 Flying Calamari Bros
 Mushiki Dumplings
 Sticks and Bones BBQ
 Wapengo Oysters
 Yarra Valley Caviar
 La Bimba
 Movida x The Atlantic x Pastuso
Australians are invited to bring their stalls along as vendor applications are still open for the Apollo Bay Seafood Festival 2020

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5. The best of Australian wines, beers and spirits

Get your best drinking pleasure on with the best local wines, beers and spirits. Excellent range of cocktails, Bloody Mary Oyster shooters, espresso martinis and regional wines for the gals (and guys) while Prickly Moses caters for the discerning tastes of the boys too with Rum and Sugarcane juice, Apollo Bay Gin’s G+Ts and local Craft beer from Prickly Moses.

6. Kids Program

Visit Apollo Bay Seafood Festival in 2020

Are you worried that your kids will be bored? Not a chance with the dedicated Kids Program. Drop off your kids and enjoy yourself or get an education with them. Kids have a hands-on fun educational experience with interactive displays and demonstrations, harbour expeditions and sailing lessons to name a few. The full kid’s program will be released by mid-January 2020.

7. Outstanding Range of Activities


Excellent activities and competitions like casting competitions, sandcastle building and much more from Friday to Sunday. Other activities including sailing, cooking demonstrations, bycatch BBQs and Off the boat seafood market and much more are arranged.

Visit Apollo Bay Seafood Festival in 2020

8. Affordable Accommodations

Apollo Bay has an extensive amount of affordable accommodation including Airbnb’s, caravan parks, camping and glamping, budget, family and romantic hotels and motels. Additionally, try the Apollo Bay Apartments which gives a visitor direct access to the main beach.

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9. Stay Longer and Explore

While the Apollo Bay Seafood Festival is a huge attraction each year, why not book ahead of time and arrive early or stay longer after the festival dates. Apollo Bay has so much to offer and the go-to destination for adventure travellers. Experience the Great Ocean Road and the Great Otway National Park. Apollo Bay is indeed a place where the majesty of the forest and the magnitude of the ocean are rife. It is a destination to explore and marks Australia’s entry point for the most celebrated multi-day and short walks. There is no better place in Australia to explore the surrounding Otways rainforest and the Great Ocean Road.

10. Conversations


On Sunday 16 February from 10 am – 3.30 pm the third Conversation will take place. The first Conversations took place in 2018 and was a massive success. Locals requested and ongoing interest, well yes, you will have it again.


Tickets: $20 per session or $30 for the whole day
Where: Apollo Bay Surf Life Saving Club, 50 Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay

Official Website: https://www.apollobayseafoodfestival.com/

Apollo Bay Seafood Festival will be taking place on 14 – 16 February 2020


Don’t miss out on the best festival in the region over the valentines weekend. Take your loved one, book early and make it a surprise, but be sure to be there!

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