Schedule of Events
Blessing of the Fleet
Since 1948, Fremantle’s fishing community has taken part in the Blessing of the Fleet which is today a tradition celebrated throughout Fremantle. The annual blessing represents the thriving fishing industry the city is famous for and an appreciation for Fremantle’s history and tradition within the wider community.
Ceremony and Procession
Mass and Communion will take place at St Patrick’s Basilica on Adelaide Street from 8:30am, followed by a procession at 2pm through the streets of Fremantle to the hub of the Seafood Festival at the Fishing Boat Harbour. A number of boats from the fleet will also be on display within the harbour.
In celebration of the annual blessing, two fireworks displays will be taking place at Fremantle Esplanade. The first display will take place at 4:30pm followed by the main display at 8pm.
Fremantle Seafood Festival
Sit back and relax at the festival's main stage, Seafood Theatre which is centrally located within the harbour at Mews Park (next to Cicerellos). Throughout the day you can enjoy live cooking demonstrations followed by mouth-watering samples after each show.
Live on-stage, special guests; celebrity chef, Anna Gare; Incontro Executive Chef, Peter Manifis and local sardine legend, Jim Mendolia will be cooking up their favourite seafood recipes with fresh local Sealanes produce. Howard Park Wines will also present on wine appreciation and give some tips on how to complement these dishes with perfectly matched wines.
With non-stop family entertainment, kids can enjoy an abundance of activities on offer within the harbour including face painting, balloon artist and a magician as well as live shows aboard 'Miss Cicerello' including:
11am: First Mate Fumble Show
12:30pm: Jolly Jim the Pirate Show
2pm: Drippy the Dragon Show
And the fun doesn’t just stop with the little ones; adults can also enjoy live music, a giant fish-tank with real mermaid, floating art on display by Art Adrift, caricatures, a close look at some commercial fishing vessels and a variety of stalls featuring local produce and accompaniments for your next home-cooked seafood meal. The festival’s newest ‘Prawn Star’ will also be discovered at the 2013 Prawn Peeling Contest, with great prizes up for grabs.
Famous for its world-class seafood restaurants, the boardwalk will be bustling with activity, and visitors will have the unique opportunity to sample Fremantle’s finest and freshest food on offer. For a gold coin donation, the chefs at Kailis Fish Market Café, Cicerellos, Char Char Bull and Joe’s Fish Shack will share some of their award winning recipes and tastings of signature dishes. Tours of internationally renowned brewery, Little Creatures will also be taking place from midday.
Like us on Facebook and head down to the festival for your chance to win some great prizes including:
* Two nights accommodation for four people at Quest Serviced Apartments - Harbour Village valued at $1,000
* Dinner for two at Char Char Bull
* West Coast Jet Boat Rides
* Signed copies of Anna Gare's latest cook book 'Eat In'
* Plus More!
Fresh off the set of The Great Australian Bake Off, Anna has recently returned to her home state of WA and will once again take to the stage at the Seafood Theatre for the 2013 festival. Well known for her role as judge on the television series, Junior MasterChef Australia, Anna has had a passion for cooking from a young age and by working her way up in the industry, now leads an exciting and successful career in the culinary world. Anna also owns one of Perth’s most successful catering businesses and published her popular cookbooks ‘Homemade: simply delicious food’ in 2011 and 'Eat In' in 2013.
As far as local fishing legends go, it’s hard to go past Fremantle’s sardine expert, Jim Mendolia. Heading up the family business, Fremantle Sardines, Jim takes a hands-on approach in his work; out on the ocean early each morning catching local sardines. Originally from Italy, it was the Mendolia family that was instrumental in the introduction of sardines onto dinner tables around Australia. The long-running Fremantle Sardine Festival grew from the hard work of Jim’s family, attracting thousands of visitors each year and today Mendolia Sardines are a highly sought after, quality sardine product.
Growing up the state’s North-West, Peter has lived and breathed seafood his whole life. From the decks of his dad’s commercial prawn vessel, Peter went on to train under acclaimed chef, Alain Faberge of the renowned Loose Box restaurant. Throughout his career so far, Peter has won a host of awards including a Gold Plate for Best Seafood during his time as Head Chef at Zafferano and the WA Seafood Fishing Industry Young Achievers Award in 2011. Taking his culinary career to the next level, Peter now enjoys his role as partner and Executive Chef at the popular Incontro Restaurant in South Perth.