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Planet Fitness Aug 2019

Love Sea Food Tastes Port Stephens

A month long festival is coming | 1 Aug - 1 Sep

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Seafood lovers clear your August calendar, a month long festival that celebrates the region’s freshest seafood, local producers and fabulous food experiences is coming to Port Stephens.
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Food-lovers flock to Port Stephens each August for a taste of the fresh local seafood the region is renowned for at the annual Love Sea Food festival. This year Love Sea Food joins forces with Tastes Port Stephens to deliver Love Sea Food Tastes Port Stephens, the best ever, month-long celebration of the region’s fresh seafood, local producers and fabulous food experiences, from August 1 until September 1, 2019
Local restaurants and cafes will be offering seafood inspired lunch and dinner specials throughout August with a different theme each week to showcase the fresh seasonal seafood, straight from the fishing boats and farmers of Port Stephens.
The grand finale of this feasting festival on Saturday August 31 and Sunday September 1, Tastes Port Stephens Food, Wine and Jazz weekend will be happening in Nelson Bay. Oyster growing families, artisan producers, free live jazz, seafood cooking demonstrations and local wine will all come together to offer tastings and sales of their seasonal best from market stalls in Nelson Bay CBD as well as along d’Albora Marinas.
There’s a comprehensive list of events with something to suit everyone’s taste but here's a bit of an overview. For more details head to Love Sea Food Tastes Port Stephens


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Sit back and soak up the incredible views over the marina across the bay as four local Chefs, Michael Jenkins (The Anchorage), Ludovic Poyer (The Poyer’s), Mitchell Turner (Rick Stein Bannisters Port Stephens) and Ben Way (Little Beach Boathouse), design and present a signature dish for what will be a sensational five-course feast of fresh local seafood. Each dish will be paired with a Hunter Valley wine tasting and the evening's finale will be on a sweet note with Chef Stacey Cleaver, from A Sweet Ride Called Clyde, plating up something spectacular.
Where: Broughtons at the Bay
When: Saturday 3 August | 5:45pm-11pm
Cost: $150pp
Bookings: click here

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Each week of August the seafood cooking classes and seafood inspired dining specials at local restaurants and cafes will focus on a different ocean flavour; Oysters Week 1, Fish Week 2 and 3, Week 4 Crustaceans and Week 5 is all about the Wild Catch and tip to tail cooking.
Oyster Masterclass
Join Chef Ludovic Poyer for an Oyster Masterclass. Local oyster supplier, Paul North, will take you into the world of Oysters and Ludovic will walk you through preparation and cooking of his Oyster Champagne and Oysters with Mushroom and Wasabi Aioli.
Where: The Poyer's
When: Thursday 1st August | 3:30-5:30pm

Ocean to Table
This cooking demo with Head Chef Stephen Daley will give you confidence in your seafood cooking adventures. Featuring fresh-caught local Snapper and Kina Roe Poké served with Mirin, Sake and Seaweed accompanied by Black Sesame Lavosh.
Where: IN HOUSE Kitchen
When: Thursday 8 August | 6-8pm


Fish to Dish
Using locally sourced fresh ingredients Head Chef, Mitchell Turner, and Sous Chef, Chris Turton, will show you how to fillet a King Fish and share tips to preparing and serving amazing hot and cold dishes of Meurette of Yellowtail Kingfish and Kingfish Crudo with fennel, chive and candied lemon.
Where: Rick Stein at Bannisters Port Stephens
When: Thursday 15 August | 12-2pm

Crustacean and Pasta
Master the art of making fresh pasta dough, ravioli and a classic bisque as Head Chef, Craig Compton of Blueys Restaurant creates a Port Stephens King Prawn and Crab Ravioli with Local Seafood Bisque and Tomato Concasse, Winter Vegetables and Cauliflower Puree.
Where: Broughtons at the Bay
When: Thursday 22 August, 6-8pm

Tip to Tail
Take a seat at the Chef's table and learn how to create a sublime Fish Stock for Bisque, fillet a fish, cook a curry and plate-up a stunning share-board – all with locally caught, sustainable seafood.
Where: The Anchorage
When: Saturday 24 August | 11am-1:30pm

Ticketed events - details and bookings here
Love Sea Food
A collective of exquisite dining experiences hosted by local chefs at some of Port Stephens most celebrated restaurants showcase what the Bay does best. Whether it's a 4 Course Degustation to a Seafood Lunch and Cruise there is something for all tastes.
Nine and Dine Golf & Seafood Dinner
Where: Horizons
When: Friday 9 August | from 2pm
Cost: $35 - $60pp


4 Course Seafood Lunch
Where: The Little Nel
When: Friday 16 August
Cost: $49pp

4 Course Dinner with MKR Champs Matt & Luke
Where: Evviva Cafe & Bar
When: Saturday 17 August
Cost: $90 - $120pp

Italian 3 Course Lunch
Where: Sienna's Restaurant
When: Sunday 18 August
Cost: $60pp

Seafood Lunch & Cruise
Where: The Poyer's (cruise with Moonshadow-TQC) 
When: Saturday 24 August | 10:45am-4:15pm
Cost: $115pp

5 Course Seafood & Semillon Dinner
Where: The Anchorage
When: Saturday 24 August 
Cost: $155pp 
Discover more about this delicious selection and make bookings here.
Love Sea Food
But this festival is not all just about the food…. there’s behind the scenes tours, barefoot bowls and a fantastic family fun day at Horizons Golf Resort. Take a look behind the scenes of Port Stephens Fisheries Institute on Friday, 2 August and Saturday 10 August with a guided tour exploring the world of aquaculture or join one of the daily tours of the Cookabarra Barramundi Farm.
Love Sea Food
This weekend brings the Love Sea Food Tastes Port Stephens festival to a fabulous finale with two days of cool jazz hot food and great wine. The streets of Nelson Bay will be overrun with live jazz tunes on three stages, more than 70 stalls of fantastic local seafood and providores, complemented by famous Hunter Valley wines.

Taste fresh local oysters, join a cooking demonstration or get on board for the Tastes Jazz Luncheon Cruise. Don't miss the renowned Hot Potato Band - a very cool ten piece, energy packed, band - performing Saturday night at Solider's Point Bowling Club. Find out more here.
Where: Nelson Bay CBD, Apex Park & d'Albora Marinas
When: Saturday 31st August & Sunday 1st September

*Prices correct at time of publication. Availabilities, times and locations may be subject to change.



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