Bounty of the sea celebrated

03:12, Mar 12 2014
Teresa Wallis
Teresa Wallis
David Auld.
Defending individual champion David Auld.
Teresa Wallis and Chris Hanley
Teresa Wallis
Deb Morresesy.
Deb Morresesy.
Teresa Wallis and Chris Hanley
Teresa Wallis and Chris Hanley
David Auld,
Defending team David Auld, Deb Morresey, Teresa Wallis and Chris Hanley.

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.

Ruth McCaa
Sharon Greer-Harris, Noelene Stewart, and Ruth McCaa sing a long to Ray Woolfs rendition of Mustang Sally
Will Palmer
Will Palmer competing in the MoreFM Show us your Mussels contest
Genna Nacis
Genna Nacis, Philipines and Julio Zuniga, Chile, get in to the spirit of the event
Tiana Williams
Tiana Williams and Ivvy Humm from Havelock with Marama Wardlay from Seddon
Havelock Mussel Festival 2013
The Havelock Mussel Festival 2013.
Shane Cortese
Shane Cortese entertains the enthusiastic crowd.
Ray Woolf and the Mike Walker Trio
Ray Woolf and the Mike Walker Trio
Mana Cruising Club
Just some of the nineteen strong pirates group from the Mana Cruising Club enjoy the Havelock Mussel Festival
Gerrit Haardt
German beekeeper Gerrit Haardt, 24, holds two seven kilogram halves of mussel floats for 4 minutes 38 seconds at the 2013 Havelock Mussel fest.
Jude Trudle
Jude Trudle holds a seven kilogram half mussel bouy for 16 minutes and 32 seconds while drinking a beer
Andrew Burrow
Andrew Burrow, 19, lifts two seven kilogram halves of mussel floats like a cocoon for almost five minutes.
Karen Griffiths
Karen Griffiths, Lisa Colville, Malita Baigent and Kim Prentice all from Nelson
 Rey Bernal
Sanford's Rey Bernal puts his hands in the air after completing his world record mussel opening attempt. He had earlier won the fastest individual award.
Rey Bernal
Rey Bernal completing his world record mussel opening attempt.

"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.


mussel 1
RACING RAY BERNAL: World record attempt.
mussel 2
MUSSEL HUSTLE: Team Pacifica sprint to the finish
Mussel 3
PINNED DOWN: Team H Q in the final of the mussel hustle
Mussel 4
ONE BLACK BOOT: Team Thomas Town laughing through the mussel hustle
Mussel 5
Recommended by your Mom wows the crowd
Mussel 6
COOK RIGHT: Richard Till demonstrates cook to the crowd
Mussel 7
MUSSEL MUNCH: Claire Hitchcock is being left behind in the gormet gobble.

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.

Karen Meadth from Sydney wearing a mussel hats made by Picton woman Sue Hawke [right] with the topp twins Jools and Lynda Topp
So the crowd goes left
George Grant of the Havelock Volunteer Fire Brigade centre
Leanne Anderson and Linda Moore
Tim Barnett from Nelson with Floyd Prendy from Chatham Island.
Penny Dickeson, Di Collins, Jo Prigmore, Larry Collins and Karen Eichholtz
Alessandro Domazi and Andrea Zavan from Italy
Paul Besr, Jeff and Trulie Rowberry
John Wilson and wife Francoise from Divonne, France with John's sister in law Elizabeth Wilson of Wellington
Ratanak Keo of Sanfords in Christchurch winning the teams final
Centre Supik Im of Sandfords Christchurch winning the singles final
Rona Denny and Supik Im of Sandfords Christchurch
Senena Jackson and Ruth Cubita from Aotearoa Seafoods.
Ratanak Keo attempting to break the world record
Ratanak Keo attempting to break the world record
Brett McGregor from Master Chef gives a cooking demonstration in the King Salmon tent.
Robyn Schwass and Anna Tyson
Sarah Holland, Suzy Evans and Vicki Lienert of the Nelson Mail
Ann and Stu Boygen of Christchurch and Sue and Bob Tapp of Blenheim
Bec Staples, Denise Powell and Emily Staples at the Wairau Plains Country Muster tent.
Graham Copp (Australia), Mike McConnell, Dianne Copp (Australia), Jeanette McConnell, Heather Collet and Carolyn Gibbons
The Topp Twins Camp Mother (Lynda Topp) and Camp Leader (Jools Topp).
Marilyn Davis (Nelson) and Karen Meadth of Sydney
The Topp Twins Camp Mother (Lynda Topp) with John Coulton (Nelson) and Camp Leader (Jools Topp).
John Caulton and Camp Leader Jools Topp
Les Topping, Jeff Milne and Paul Topping

Tickets are on sale at 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.

Katrina Lange
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.

Children under 5 years, free.

Havelock Mussel fest
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