Fishing fans will have the opportunity to wet a line and wet their whistle as part of the Let’s Fish Festival weekend in April.
Following on from the inaugural Let’s Fish Lake Mac fishing competition last November, the 17-18 April event will feature a diverse program of activities, including the local component of Australia’s biggest national fishing competition, a family-friendly Fishing Expo and a Seafood and Semillon gourmet long lunch.
Lake Macquarie City Council manager arts, culture and tourism Jacqui Hemsley said the maiden Let’s Fish competition demonstrated the demand for quality fishing-themed events in the City.
“Last November’s event sold out,” she explained.
“And, we’re expecting this next instalment under the banner to be equally popular.
“It’s a fantastic way to showcase our City and its spectacular blue centrepiece.”
The weekend will coincide with the all-ages Pirtek Fishing Challenge, where participants are challenged to target flathead, bream, whiting, tailor and leatherjacket across the Saturday and Sunday.
It also features the Let’s Fish Festival Expo on the lake foreshore at Rathmines Theatre.
The ticketed event, from 11am until 4pm on both days, includes workshops, fishing and boating displays, kids’ activities, entertainment, food trucks and the Berkley Supertank – a 15m-long mobile fish-tank full of barramundi.
On Sunday 18 April, Masterchef finalist and Lake Mac local Steph de Sousa will host a long lunch at Rathmines Theatre, taking guests on a journey of seafood discovery with matching wines from boutique vignerons Dirt Candy and Hart and Hunter.
The 1-3pm lunch includes three courses and wines and costs $120 per person plus booking fee.
“It’s going to be a great weekend all-round, getting people outdoors and enjoying our magnificent City and what it has to offer,” Ms Hemsley said.
Daily tickets to the Expo are $10 for adults, $5 for kids under 12 or $25 for a family of up to two adults and four children.
Go to www.lakemac.com.au/letsfishfest for more information and bookings.