Bounty of the sea celebrated

70 stalls, music and competitions

GERMARI HERSELMAN
Last updated 16:06 12/03/2014
Katrina Lange
Emma Allen

Good times: Organising committee member Debbie Stone and Marlborough 4 Fun CEO Katrina Lange share a glass of wine with some mussels. They look forward to the 10th annual festival on Saturday.

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The Havelock Mussel Festival will celebrate its 10th year this Saturday, March 15.

The annual event will again be held at the Havelock Domain in Havelock between 10am and 6pm and is a family affair.

Marlborough 4 Fun CEO Katrina Lange says that as organisers they are proud of the event and the great entertainment it provides.

"There will be free kids activities, more than 70 stalls including a variety of good food and wine stalls and the annual Kono NZ mussel opening competition," she says.

"The day is about the community coming together and celebrating what our region has to offer and having a great time while doing so," Katrina says.

The festival is also proud about the amount they have been able to give back to the community from ticket sales.

More than $200,000 has been put back into the Havelock and surrounding communities, from donations to schools to ambulances. Last year alone $25,000 was given to community projects, Katrina says.

"We love that the community help organise the event, come and have fun on the day and then benefit from the funds raised," she says.

The entertainment line up includes demos by celebrity chef Chelsea Winter, performances by The Hollywoods and Little Oceans and more.

Tickets are on sale at www.ticketdirect.co.nz or 0800 224 224. Tickets will also be for sale at the gate, but are cheaper if you buy them before hand.

Adults are $28, Children 5-14 years $12 and a family pass for two adults and two children is $58.

At the Gate these tickets would cost Adult $32.50, Children $13.50 and family pass $68.

Children under 5 years, free.

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