Shucking Good Time
Scallops rank up there as one of Kiwi’s favourite seafoods. So it is not surprising that the annual Whitianga Scallop Festival has quickly become one of New Zealand’s must do festivals! Past festivals have sold out well in advance of the event with huge crowds indulging in this iconic delicacy.
The festival has a unique blend of upmarket café’s and restaurants serving up authentic New Zealand cuisine next to community groups like Coastguard and the local school. And it is all set on Whitianga’s stunning waterfront.
Scallops are cooked up in hundreds of different ways like Macadamia crumbed scallops, scallop sausages, scallop sushi, scallop and chardonnay shots, scallops flamed in midori and scallops on rosemary stick kebabs.
The local seafood processors have a team-shucking scallops live in front of the crowd right throughout the day and both celebrities and the public are invited on stage to test their scallop opening skills against each other.
Top that with three live stages with some of New Zealand’s best live bands, scallop cook offs and cooking demonstrations from celebrity chefs and you have a jammed packed day of festivities.
Mark next years Scallop Festival in your diarys and make sure you experience the tastes, aromas, sounds and sights of the Scallop Festival in Whitianga!
Location: Whitianga, The Coromandel. New Zealand
View Ray McVinnies Perpective on the Whitianga Scallop Festival.
Phone: 07 868 0071