Renovation star joins festival
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 thecoromandel.com.