RAIN was no dampener for the thousands of nautical enthusiasts who flocked to Bellerive Boardwalk in late October, braving the inclement weather for the 20th annual Seafarers’ Festival.
Hosted by Clarence City Council, the free community event – which was held on the Bellerive Boardwalk on Sunday 27 October – featured an excellent selection of Tasmanian artists, as well as a range of land and sea activities for all ages.
On-land entertainment included home grown Seth Henderson, Kat Edwards, the Taiko Drummers and Lazer Baby.
Roving entertainment included Adie the Mermaid, Ravens, Circus Arts and the Waratah Drum Corps.
Mures Tasmania presented a cooking demonstration by Jock Mure and head chef of Mures Upper Deck Markella Koutalidi, who filleted a blue-eye trevalla, discussed sustainable fishing and produced a signature dish on stage.
On-water entertainment included a simulated rescue by the Westpac Rescue Helicopter and tours on the water on the Governor’s vessel, the ‘ML Egeria’, and on the ‘Admiral’.
With a range of local producers participating in the food alley, the festival had something for everyone.
Seafarer’s Festival committee chair Alderman Richard James praised the community support for the maritime event.
“Celebrating 20 years of this wonderful community celebration of all things sea is a wonderful achievement,” he said.
“The event has evolved over the past 20 years and will continue to evolve to bring new and exciting experiences to the community.
“It was pleasing to see so many families and friends come along to celebrate and enjoy our riverside community.”
Caption: Local attendees paying homage to the Seafarers’ Festival.