Head to the iconic seaside town of Lorne, drop a line off the
rocks in the competition and, if you're lucky, the King George
whiting, snapper, garfish or salmon will be biting. Join
old-time anglers for storytelling and some pearls of wisdom about
the importance of sustainable fishing before choosing from a market
place of seafood. Enjoy local offerings from: Sam
Petrovski from the Lorne Hotel; Iron Chef Sacha Meier from babalu
Bar and Steve Patnigone from the Lorne Beach Pavillion. What
these three don't know about local fish and how to prepare it isn't
It's certainly not going to be a case of loaves and fishes here
as there will be a range of seafood available for those who may not
have landed a catch…….enjoy a veritable feast of fish 'n' chips
prepared by the Lorne Hotel; paella from babalu Bara nd a the
freshest mussels from theLorne Beach Pavilion,to be savoured
picnic-style, on the lawn of the rusticLorne Aquatic & Anglers
Club, next to the iconic Lorne Pier.
Christos Raskatos from the Lorne Co-op will be demonstrating how
to fillet fish, then selling the freshest oysters and prawns for
those with a fancy for the finest seafood on offer.
Christos is a local treasure: a Greek poet of the sea, he is as
much a fixture in Lorne as the pier itself! Check him out: http://www.acmi.net.au/vid_goddess_poet.
Seafood lovers won't go thirsty with a range of vinous offerings
from local wineries. Wolseley Wines'owner and
winemaker, Will Wolseley, is a long time Lorne fan and can often be
found enjoying a Sunday night paella session at Sacha's babalu
Bar. Head to http://wolseleywines.com for
details and enjoy a glass of Will's wine whilst digging into your
own bowl of paella.
Otway Estate Winesare situated near Colac, a short drive inland
from Lorne. A great match with the Lorne Beach Pavillion's
mussel dish, they'll be serving their Chardonnay and other cool
Everyone loves a beer with fish and chips and Prickly Mosesbeer
is one of the favoured local brews (www.pricklymoses.com.au).
With the purest Otway rainwater available,P rickly Moses brews all
of their beers with this 'gift from the gods'. Sip on a
Summer Ale whilst watching the waves lap at the pier.
So whether you're interested in a lazy day eating, drinking and
watching Lorne's local stars cook or keen to compete in the fishing
competition, there's something for everyone. Pack the rods, bait
the hooks and head to the Lorne Aquatic & Angler's Clubnext to
the iconic Lorne pier, to be part of the festivities. To
participate, anglers must already hold a Recreational Fishing
Licence (RFL) or purchase one from either https://checkout.payments.com.au/dpi_fishing/
, the Lorne Visitor Information Centre (available after 9am on the
day) or at the Aquatic & Anglers Club after 8am. The cost
of the licence is $6.
An activity for all the family, fish submitted for the
competition can be caught offshore or onshore including from the
rocks, pier, surrounding rivers or from a boat to qualify!
Head down early as fish must be caught and submitted by midday on
the day of the competition to be counted. Judging criteria
includes location of the catch (on or offshore), weight and
Sort the licence then head for the water; drop in a line and
cross fingers that a big one comes in! A day full of family
fun, there's sure to be 'one that got away'! The Love Lorne
Family Feed & Fishi s sure to go down in local folklore as a
For more information and accommodation options, head to www.lovelorne.com