This was my first time attending the Auckland Seafood Festival which is the main event for the Auckland Anniversary Weekend. This year, the event was held at the Te Wero Island (which is basically a fancy name for 220 Quay Street, Viaduct) with a $15 entry fee. The event works similar to Taste where the entry fee does not include the food that you eat inside.
There were a fair amount of stalls offering a huge range of local delicacies including whitebait fritters, prawns, mussels, oysters, squid, crab, scallop and a wide variety of fish. This year, they have a total of three stages for performances as well as cooking classes held by the Auckland Seafood School.
We didn’t manage to eat that much during this event as it was relatively crowded but all the things that we did eat were delicious. The New World Prawn Extravaganza stall offered cheap prawns for $3 or $5 a carton depending on the type of prawn you order and they were fresh and juicy. We also ordered the deep fried cream cheese stuffed mussels with mango sauce and the whitebait fritter served on rewana bread which were both very enjoyable. And of course, the day wouldn’t be complete without something cold and frizzy. We opted for something non-alcoholic and ended up trying the Mac’s Brewery frizzy range which was extremely satisfying in the heat.
Overall, it was a great day out. I think I will make the Auckland Seafood Festival my regular yearly event! A truly worth while event to attend!
Date: Monday 31st January 2011 | Location: Te Wero Island, 220 Quay Street, Viaduct | Food: Seafood Event