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
PORT TO PLATE GALA DINNER
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.
: Broughtons at the Bay
: Saturday 3 August | 5:45pm-11pm
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SEAFOOD COOKING CLASSES
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.
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.
: Rick Stein at Bannisters Port Stephens
: 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.
: Broughtons at the Bay
: 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.
: The Anchorage
: Saturday 24 August | 11am-1:30pm
Ticketed events - details and bookings here
THE SIGNATURE SERIES
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
When: Friday 9 August | from 2pm
Cost: $35 - $60pp
4 Course Seafood Lunch
Where: The Little Nel
When: Friday 16 August
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
Seafood Lunch & Cruise
Where: The Poyer's (cruise with Moonshadow-TQC)
When: Saturday 24 August | 10:45am-4:15pm
5 Course Seafood & Semillon Dinner
Where: The Anchorage
When: Saturday 24 August
Discover more about this delicious selection and make bookings here
SOMETHING FISHY FOR THE FAMILY
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.
TASTES PORT STEPHENS - FOOD, WINE & JAZZ
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
: Saturday 31st August & Sunday 1st September
*Prices correct at time of publication. Availabilities, times and locations may be subject to change.