Building on the success of last year’s inaugural event, preparations for the 2017 Wynnum Seafood Festival are well underway with this year’s festival confirmed for Saturday, 7 October.

The 2017 event is set to be bigger and better with festival organisers promising more fresh fish and seafood as well as a jam-packed schedule of events and entertainment to cater for the strong numbers expected to attend.

“The inaugural Wynnum Seafood Festival attracted huge crowds with approximately 15,000 people supporting the festival throughout the day,” said Caroline Cave from Niclin Group.

“We were delighted by the strong support shown by the local community so we’ve relocated this year’s festival to a new larger event site to accommodate the growing attendee numbers and the additional events and entertainment we have planned,” she explained.

The Wynnum Seafood Festival will now be held on the Lower Esplanade of the Wynnum Manly foreshore in George Clayton Park set against the stunning backdrop of Moreton Bay.

The event is now South East Queensland’s largest seafood festival and is expected to grow in popularity year on year.

State Member for Lytton Joan Pease MP said the festival was a great addition to the region’s event calendar and that it honoured the bayside area’s heritage as a popular fishing and boating spot.

“The Wynnum Seafood Festival epitomises the iconic Queensland way of life boasting warm spring weather, open green spaces, fresh seafood and local produce all set against the natural beauty of Moreton Bay,” Ms Pease said.

“The Wynnum Seafood Festival not only encourages residents and visitors to enjoy Brisbane’s vibrant bayside lifestyle and appreciate its rich heritage,

but also supports local industry and showcases the abundance of fresh local seafood available to the Moreton Bay region and throughout Queensland. I understand that last year’s festival invested approximately $675,000 into the local economy and was strongly supported by the local community by way of visitor attendance as well as through sponsorship and local business involvement in the event program.”

The free, one-day event will run from 9am to 5pm and will be centred around the fresh and cooked fish and seafood on offer with new food highlights to include a fresh seafood market, gourmet food tasting area, cooking stage and wine and oyster bar.

The festival program will also feature a unique variety of events and entertainment including crowd favourites from last year, the prawn peeling competition and mud crab race, as well as live music, cooking demonstrations, panel discussions, workshops, children’s rides and activities and market stalls.