Renovation star joins festival

00:31, Sep 12 2012
Siblings Ben and Libby Crawford
TEAMING UP: Ben Crawford from The Block NZ is will be taking part in the 2012 Whitianga Scallop Festival this weekend.

Reality TV's renovation star ''Ben'' is the latest celebrity to be joining the 2012 Whitianga Scallop Festival this weekend.

Ben Crawford, from The Block's winning brother/sister duo of ''Libby and Ben'', will pair up with celebrity chef Bonnie Muirhead on the cooking stage as they take on Food in a Minute's Lana Garland and National MP Scott Simpson.

Despite being a self-proclaimed cooking novice, Ben has proven he adapts quickly and is up for the challenge.

''I'm not a noted chef, I prefer my scallops fresh off the boat.

''However I'm looking forward to another challenge before a relaxing weekend in the Coromandel.''

There will be more than 60 food stalls and live music from 10am this Saturday.

There will be a dress up competition and prizes encouraging punters to contribute to the carnival atmosphere.

For information regarding the Whitianga Scallop Festival and accommodation for the weekend go to