Octopus Garden Festival organiser Zahee Girjes and Regatta Seafood Restaraunt mangager Matt Daley on the banks of the Tweed River.
Octopus Garden Festival organiser Zahee Girjes and Regatta Seafood Restaraunt mangager Matt Daley on the banks of the Tweed River. Blainey Woodham

Inaugural Octopus Garden Festival to make a splash

TWEED Marina will be awash with music and fresh seafood today for the first Octopus Garden Festival.

Showcasing the best fresh seafood from the region, along with home grown musical acts, the one-day festival aims to become an annual event.

Festivities will take place from Manettis's seafood restaurant, located on the north end of marina, all the way down past the trawlers and Ivory Tavern, and ends at Drifts Tackle shop on Kennedy Dr.

The public will be able to walk the length of the strip and take in live music and other attractions on the way.

Event organiser Zahee Girjes is excited about the festival's debut. He says it aims to cater for everyone from families to young couples and even retirees.

"We will have great local seafood like prawns, fish and of course octopus, as well as face painting for the kids," Mr Girjes said.

The event is scheduled to start at 9am and run through until 5pm, with traders putting on plenty of specials and a kids fishing competition. The owner of the largest bream will take home the prize.

"The kids fishing competition will be a fun family activity, and of course parents can enjoy all the seafood, music and a glass of wine," Mr Girjes said.



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