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Tassie Scallop Fiesta 2022

Tassie Scallop Fiesta 2022

Tasmanians love a winter festival; think mulled wine, bonfires, stunning backdrops, and of course food and beverages. Named by UNESCO as a City of Gastronomy, Northern Tasmania celebrates connection between food, tradition, culture and people. It’s the place to enjoy fine Tasmanian food and wine, and the culinary delight; Scallops.

The Tassie Scallop Fiesta, held in Bridport on the 31st July celebrates the regions fishing and maritime heritage and the start of the scallop season.

From cooking demonstrations, live music, home baked scallop pie competition, to masterclasses with celebrity chefs, Scallop Fiesta offers something for everyone. Taste your way around the food stalls and try everything from delicious seafood dishes, street food, and sweat treats. For the wine & beer lovers we have a fantastic showcase of local beverages, and of course coffee.

We caught up with the Tassie Scallop Fiesta event team to learn more about what the event has on offer in 2022....

What has Tassie Scallop Fiesta got planned in 2022?
Fiesta will feature a packed program of entertaining attractions and events. A couple of Tasmanian cuisine royalty will be on the tools in the Smeg pop-up kitchen. The wild child from the Huon Analiese Gregory, who has given us the Girl's guide to Hunting, Fishing and Wild Cooking on SBS, will be joined by a veteran doyen of fine dining Terry Fidler to demonstrate some wicked ways with scallops.

Clover Hills Wines will be on show and explained to those partaking of the master classes by the knowledgeable cellar master Ian White.

Judges will be sorting out the winners of the best Tassie Scallop Pies and an eclectic line-up of entertainers will take to the main stage on the Bridport Village Green, including jumpin', jivin' jazz outfit Uncle Gus and the Rimshots, who will provide the beat for Swingmania dancers to do their stuff.

Of course there's a vast range of purveyors of premium food and beverages and it all culminates with the Great Splitters challenge, where the fastest knives in the North East will be flashing, as contestants race each other and the clock to split quick and clean.

The event demands some vocal crowd involvement and MC former ABC newscaster Peter Gee has made the bold but sensible prediction scallop splitting should be incorporated in the Olympic Games by Brisbane in 2032, if not before.

Who should get excited: Scallop lovers? Foodies? Beach goers? Everyone?
The opening of the scallop season has lovers of the seafood delicacy excited. Along with foodies they reach fever pitch to see the way the maritime morsel can be served up. It is mid-winter but beach goers should also warm to the Brrrave Winter swim organised by the Surf Club for sun-up at 7:18 am on Fiesta morn.

There should also be something for everyone on Fiesta eve, Saturday 30 July, with a Growers and Makers Market on the Village Green from 10 am and with some free family fun on the foreshore from about 5pm with the formal opening of the new skate park to include a children's flag parade, and a demonstration by a troupe of expert skateboarders, who have also volunteered to host a free coaching session earlier in the day. You don't even need your own skateboard.

How do people get involved?
You'll need a ticket. General admission for adults just $15. and families of two adults with up to three children only $30 (in other words the kids are free) Dogs aren't, so please leave furry friends at home There are only a handful of the value added tickets left for chef demonstrations and/or wine master classes. You can still watch the chefs do their thing, but don't get to taste the fruits of their labours like the reserved seats up front.

Get your tickets HERE

What’s your hottest insider tip for visitors to Northern Tasmania attending the event?
It's in your interests to get tickets well in advance so we can best match the number of food stalls, drink outlets, even toilets to patrons through the gate.

Remember it's a winter event in Tassie in the Village by the sea. Dress for the conditions or prepare for what they might be... in other words rug up and get ready!

To find out more about the Tassie Scallop Fiesta and the events mentioned above, visit https://www.tassiescallopfiest...

Come for the event, stay for the experience...
North East Tasmania is full of unique and wonderful things to experience. There a many things you can see and do while visiting the North East - once you’ve had your fill of scallops of course!

From tantalising bubbles to exhilarating mountain bike trails, world-class golf, and down to earth local charm, it’s a must-do region when visiting Tasmania.

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Perhaps it's the delight in sharing a moment with family, friends or that special someone. The memories made amidst unimaginable beauty. You will grow here.