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Whitianga Scallop Festival

The Whitianga Scallop Festival is a celebration of Whitianga seafood and marine heritage, held annually in September to boost winter tourism numbers. Now in its thirteenth year, the event has grown into one of New Zealand’s iconic seafood celebrations. The concept of the event is simple – Scallops cooked in a myriad of different ways by talented national chefs, restaurants and community groups and matched with quality entertainment including live bands, seafood cooking classes and demonstrations. The event is held inside a purpose built village of marquees over one day, with local venues and café’s staging a program of events and theme nights in the four fringing days.
Whitianga Scallop Festival
Whitianga Scallop Festival
Mills Reef Wines
Scallop season has finished for the year, but the 2020 wine vintage is in full swing! Help out Dan and the team empty the warehouse! Get Mills Reef Wine delivered to your door!

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Whitianga Scallop Festival
Whitianga Scallop Festival
It is with great regret, but in light of the Covid19 situation that we, the organisers of the Whitianga Scallop Festival, have had to make the decision to cancel this year's event. It is just too risky on so many fronts to stay with current planned dates. However, we intend on utilising this time to ensure we can deliver a fantastic event in the Spring of 2021 when, all things going well in the world, we will all no doubt be ready to celebrate the delicious Scallop and doing human socialising things again. Stay safe out there!
Whitianga Scallop Festival
Whitianga Scallop Festival
Save the Date - Saturday the 12th of September 2020 the Whitianga Scallop Festival is back for another year! Tag your friends that should be coming along to this iconic Kiwi festival, this is going to be one to remember.
Whitianga Scallop Festival
Whitianga Scallop Festival
Whitianga Scallop Festival 2019 is a wrap! The committee would firstly like to thank all who came and enjoyed our non-profit community event. The very welcome visitors to our town for the Scallop Festival have a huge positive impact for those of us who live and work here year round - from local businesses to the many community groups who are able to raise funds through this event. We love showing off our town and its favourite delicacy. We are delighted to receive all your comments and feedback and always keen to make improvements and adjustments every year. You can do this through our website https://www.scallopfestival.nz/contact-us/

Congrats to Donna Tapara who has won the draw from the Vote and Win entries. Donna has won an amazing basket of goodies as well as a Mystery Trip Travel Voucher from Whitianga's You Travel valued at $1000.

Congrats also to the winners of the Best Dressed. This goes to Scallops & a Baby Lobster. Great efforts with their creative hats and baby accessory. They have won a basket of goodies and vouchers for Whitianga's Admiralty Lodge, Z Service Station, Glass Bottom Boat, Stoked Restaurant, The Lost Spring and Cathedral Cove Kayaks.

To the Sponsors, many volunteers, the stall holders and our entertainers - we thank you all for your efforts in helping make the 14th Whitianga Scallop Festival a success!
Whitianga Scallop Festival
Whitianga Scallop Festival
Today is the day we have all been waiting for... The Whitianga Scallop Festival 2019! A few reminders for everyone:

- The Best Dressed: Make sure you register at event HQ when you come in the gates
- The Informer Vote and Win: Grab yours at the gate, vote for your best stand and community stand and drop your forms back to event HQ by 1:15pm
- Don’t forget the new lay out for this year the entry gates will be off the Main Street (opposite) Frankie’s Bar, you will not be able to gain access from blacksmith lane.

We would also like to thank our Local Sponsors who help make today happen: Castle Rock, Unkle Dunkle Wood Fired Sauces, Glass Bottom Boat, Cathedral Cove Kayaks, The Lost Spring, Admiralty Lodge, Z Service Station.
Whitianga Scallop Festival
Whitianga Scallop Festival
#DONTFORGET The Informer Vote and Win form - grab yours at the gate, vote for your best stand and community stand and drop your form back to Event HQ by 1.15pm

Scallop Festival Sponsors