by Cynthia Maxwell-Smith

The Seafest Festival is on this weekend at Triabunna Marina. Friday 22 March is Schools’ Day and the official opening of the festival by the Governor of Tasmania at 2:00pm. On Saturday 23 the festival is open to the public, runs from 10:00am to 11:00pm and entry is free.

Seafest - Jet Ski Race, Triabunna to Maria Island
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Seafest jet ski race: Triabunna to Maria Island

Some of the most popular activities from Seafest 2011 are back including the jet ski race to Maria Island. The festival site is now right on the waterfront so spectators have a great view of all the action on the water.

Media personality Ryk Goddard will MC Seafest and there will be something to entertain all ages. Free activities and entertainment include kayaking, long-boating, Michael Ahmazing the balloon twister, beach games, kombi cam, a pony tricks show and a great line up of live music, including Noel Freeman’s Code West; Ray Singline and the Trawl Dogs; and The Smashers. Also “Fishy Tales” a story telling session where local fisherman will tell real life stories about their lives and experiences at sea.

Seafest - Festival, Triabunna
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“Michael Ahmazing” the balloon twister

There are plenty of food stalls this year including Triabunna High School partnering with local fisherman offering fresh-off-the-boat fish and chips plus other stalls selling fish tacos, scallop pies, wood fired pizzas, Portuguese chicken, Tornado Potatoes, home made pavlova and cheesecake and lots more. There will also be east coast wine for tasting and sale, cider, coffee and cakes.

Andrew Hart: Hook Line and Sinker at Seafest

The afternoon fishing competition weigh-in will be compered by Andrew Hart from TV show Hook Line and Sinker and the prizes make it well worth throwing in a line.

Seafest - Hook Line & Sinker
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Andrew Hart from TV show Hook Line and Sinker

Exhibitions include the Spring Bay Community Shed’s wooden boats restoration project, the model boats display, the marine and coastal information marquee, and the great range of market stalls. A very rare and special treat (weather permitting) will be the exhibiting of the original ‘bus’, a lovingly restored horse drawn carriage, which transported folk in the late 1800s from Hobart to Swansea.

Plenty of free parking is available at the Triabunna recreation ground and a free shuttle bus will then take people the short distance to the Marina.

Visit the Seafest Festival website or call 6256 4777 for more details. You can also follow the Seafest Festival page on Facebook.

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