Serving up an ocean of fun

22:18, Mar 02 2014
Angelique Vanstone, Carly Barnes, Katie Gibbons, Hannah Teonea
Trish Reynders, Hayley Dixon
Gary Brown, Phil Hughes and Jim Schofield steaming mussels. The hot water was provided by the traction engine
Chris Fortune gives a cooking demonstration.
Sarich family: Natasha 8, Rachel and Jimmy.
Kono mussel opening team finals: Winning team, Kono 1 shift, Chris Hanley has a supporter urging him on.
Teresa Wallis (nearest), came third in the individual opening.
Winner of the individual opening competition David Auld
David Auld attempts he world mussel opening record
Aptly named for St Patricks Day: Laurie Green enjoys the festival with friends.
Michelle Begg and Sue Cromie from Ashburton
Sue Morris and Kathy Milam
The Shenanigans
Natalie Carr and Vanessa Filippini from California
Vaughan Warburton and Jim Donald help fundraise for the Havelock School swimming pool
Havelock Mussel Festival 2012
Perfect weather
Hannah Teonea, Paula Palmer, Dirk Bolinger
Chef, Brett McGregor serves up his jungle curry mussels
Getting a tast of Brett McGregor's jungle curry mussels.

The Havelock Mussel Festival will be celebrating its 10 year anniversary on Saturday, March 15 at the Havelock Domain. 

Organised in conjunction with Marlborough 4 Fun there will be an excellent entertainment line-up set to dazzle all ages, and plenty of kid-focused activities in the NIWA Kidzone.  All alongside the heaps of usual festival -favourites such as Kono Mussel opening competitions, the New Zealand King Salmon Cooking demos - featuring MasterChef NZ 2012 winner Chelsea Winter, along with the vast array of stalls and beer and wine options on offer.

The Havelock Mussel Festival promises a great day for the whole family. 

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.

Main stage entertainers include Seven Days team leader and the voice of Pak n Save Paul Ego.  There will also be New Zealand's hottest girl group The Hollywoods providing a great repertoire, snazzy costumes and choreography that are sure to be a hit at the festival.  In addition supporting will be local Jazz Band Frenzi and our very own successful Little Oceans (previously Recommended by your Mom) who will combine their energetic pop punk roots with more produced electronic sound to round up the day.

The NIWA Kidzone will be keeping young ones entertained with a fantastic variety of entertainment including children's entertainer Adrian Kirk, Wendy the Balloon Fairy, heaps of inflatables, facepainting and Barnardos parents area.

The Marine Farming Industry Tent will once again be a hive of activity showcasing this fantastic industry that has put Havelock well and truly on the map. Take a look at the 'live' displays and learn all about the aquaculture industry. 


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.

The New Zealand King Salmon Cooking Demo Marquee will be a popular feature so be sur to get a seat early!   MasterChef winner 2012 Chelsea Winter will be showcasing recipes for mussels and salmon including Mussels in Thai Green Coconut Sauce, Mussel Fritters and Salmon Wellingons with chilli.

There will also be delicious wine tasting with Yealands Estate Wine and a display and samples from New Zealand King Salmon.

Chris Fortune will be visiting two rural schools with his Mobile Learning Kitchen prior to the festival and then demos with students on the day.

Paul Ego
Paul Ego

Competitions for this year

Kono NZ Mussel Opening Competition - Individuals and teams will be pitting their skills against each other in an impressive, action-packed competition including the Guinness Book of Records attempt. Opening 100 mussels in the fastest time.

Mussel Munch - Enter this fun competition on the day ($5 entry) or watch the biggest eaters in the business race to down a pottle of mussels and scull a beverage in the shortest time.

The Hollywoods
The Hollywoods

A new event this More FM "Show us your Mussels"  - Bang the high striker to make the bell ring or get the steel rod as high as possible to show who's got the biggest muscles. Enter on the day and show off to your friends and family.  Male and female categories.

Come along!

Get your family and friends together and enjoy the 10th anniversary of the Havelock Mussel festival. 

Havelock Mussel fest
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With so much to see and do for all age groups, this is a 'must go' festival!

Tickets:  0800 224 224

Seeking the fastest blades in the east
SHELLING OUT: Putting in some practice for the mussel opening competition at the Havelock Mussel Festival are Patsy Riri, Melissa Carter, Sonya Ferguson and Jolene Holmes of Sanford.

Adult - Pre sales $28 - Gate sales $32.50

Child - Pre sales 5-14 years $12 - Gate sales $13.50 

Family - Pre sales 2 adults and 2 children $58 - Gate sales $68

Little Oceans
Little Oceans band members Sam Edmonds, Matthew Johnston and Josh Edmonds.

Children under 5 Years - Free

Buses from Blenheim and Renwick MUST be booked in advance via ticket agency.

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