Whitianga Scallop Festival

We spent a wonderful Saturday at the Whitianga Scallop Festival.  The event is held each September to celebrate the start of the scallop season.

Whitianga is one of the bigger townships on the Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand. It's a pretty place with a picturesque harbour, quirky galleries and gift shops.

This year's festival included a wide range of stalls showcasing scallops.  From macadamia coated scallops by Cathedral Cove Macadamias to scallop and bacon Skewers by the Mercury Bay Game Fishing Club, there were scallops for everyone.  Except me.  I'm allergic.  But fear not because there were food trucks like Bite Me: CC Kitchen Ltd selling delicious dumplings to cater for us non seafood types.

There were three sound stages playing live music and a cooking stage featuring local foodie celebrities Nadia Lim and Ray McVinnie.

And of course, a festival wouldn't be complete without the rain.  And it came down by the bucket load!

Check out photos from the festival on my Instagram.  If you'd like to visit the festival next year then bookmark the festival website for updates.

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