2002 absfSeafood Festival Thank Yous

20th February 2020

We would like to extend a HUGE thank you to all the wonderful volunteers, co-ordinated by the absolute non-stop legend Nattie Murray, from helping set up, manning the gate all day and then packing down once the show is over, this festival couldn’t happen without them, a massive pat on the back to all!

All the 2020 partners and sponsors,  

Alan Nichols and the amazing team at the Apollo Bay Fisherman's Coop,

All the food and beverage vendors,

All the entertainers, musicians, talent from the two major stages and the kid's area,

Alejandro Saravia and the Pastuso and Farmers Daughters teams for the Friday night Gala Dinner,

Our festival MC’s Richard Cornish and Hilary McNevin,

Simon Macbeth and the team at the Harbour,

Johnathon Davey and the Victorian Seafood team, the Victorian Fisheries Authority team,

Lisa Deppler, fight for the bight, and OCEAN,

Ngaira Smith and all the volunteers at the kid's area,

Kyle Briggs, Tom Kleindienst, Kahu Tapara, Brendan Murnane, Karl ‘Boris’ Mcsparron and the Apollo Bay Football Netball Club,

Pauline Nolle and the Historical Society,

Yvette Hill and the Apollo Bay Surf Lifesaving Club,

Darren Hill and Zoli Murray Maddock,

Steve at Regional Contractors, 

Richard Lythgo the team at the Apollo Bay Golf club and the local CFA,

Peter, Liam and the team at PRD Music,

The photographers,

Gigi and the team at The Apollo Bay Distillery,

FingleSin and the Bayside lowbrow crew

The 2020 festival ambassadors,

B-Alternative, our waste management team who only ended up with one roadside bin of landfill! 👏 Gary and the team at Great Ocean Properties Apollo Bay and Colac Otway Shire Council for making this initiative possible,

Glenn Fisk and Leah for the cray pot decorations,

Tim Harrington for making the craypot to raffle,

All the local fishermen for providing for the festival,

Conversations Co-Ordinator Liz Waters and the amazing speakers who are pioneering the way we move forward with these conversations.

Kevin O'Connell and Emma, Graham Costin, Karen Keegan, Karlijn Sas and Scotty McAllister

Markus Nolle, Bob Knowles and Emily Stephens and the Apollo Bay Chamber of Commerce

And, of course, everyone that came along to enjoy the seafood, music and have a great weekend.

Overall, a wonderful weekend was had by all, This festival is helping place Apollo Bay ‘on the map’ with some great media coverage and Festival ‘ambassadors’ all going home amazed at what they saw. We will now start the planning for the Seafood Festival again in 2021, so if you would like to be involved or have any comments or suggestions regarding next year we would love to hear from you. Just drop me an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thanks again,

Bill Hurley Fraser - Festival Director

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