On the back of a successful inaugural event, Seafood Saturday is making a comeback.
Nelsonians will again get the chance to “celebrate all things seafood” at the event due to take place on Saturday, March 9.
Hundreds of people turned out for the one-day event on Upper Trafalgar St last year, to try out the region’s kaimoana, take part in family-friendly activities and watch things like chefs filleting fish.
Organisers said the event was made possible by Seafood New Zealand and locally based companies, and this year’s event would “showcase even more of what makes the region’s seafood sector world-leading”.
Tickets to a seafood and wine degustation meal, prepared by local chefs for the occasion last year, sold out in two weeks.
Seafood NZ CEO Dr Jeremy Helson said the high demand for the 2023 event made it an easy decision to renew their support.
“The seafood sector and blue economy make huge contributions to the Nelson Tasman region, and we’re pleased to put the spotlight on the many businesses that help our sustainable industry thrive alongside other key sponsors Sealord, Talley’s, Publik Agency, FPS, NZ King Salmon and Sanford.
“It’s also great to have Nelson City Council supporting the 2024 event as a sponsor, as well as Uniquely Nelson, helping get the word out there.
“We hope this can be a template for similar celebrations in other New Zealand centres where fishing and seafood are a key part of the local economy and culture.”
Nelson Mayor Nick Smith said Seafood Saturday was a great way for Nelson to celebrate its role as the fishing capital of New Zealand.
“We have dozens of businesses and thousands of people who work so hard in the industry to produce the tasty products that earn millions for our local economy. My support for this event is part of my ambition for Nelson of strengthening our industries and brand around our connections to the sea.”
Seafood lovers could expect more ocean-themed activities and entertainment and a space to engage with industry education and career opportunities.
The Nelson-based blue economy cluster Moananui would open its new headquarter’s doors on Trafalgar Square to showcase ‘bluetech’ (maritime industry technology promoting sustainable activities) innovations.
People from Moananui’s partner businesses would also be helping out on the day in the community hub.
Moananui Chief Executive Jodie Kuntzsche said kaimoana was key to the social, cultural, ecological and economic success of the region.
“We are incredibly lucky to have one of the largest ocean estates in the world, with Nelson right in the centre. It’s very special to come together and celebrate not only the beautiful seafood, but also the exceptional opportunities the industry generates through marine technology, innovation and employment.”
People can register their interest for tickets for the seafood and wine degustation meal at seafoodsaturday.nz
Source: Stuff, Katy Jones, January 25, 2024, • 05:00am