|Yeah, I'm going prepared.|
|The absolutely hilarious Damien Ryan|
And with our pockets significantly lighter, we were off. The seafood festival awaits!
|Stumpy's Woodfired Pizza|
|Paella Pan Ltd|
|Seafood Paella -$15|
|His mussels were actually very nice|
|Fresh Prawns from New World -$3 per container|
|Battered Mussels -$4 per container, Prawns with Tartare Sauce -$3 per container|
|Raw Mussels vs. Battered Mussels|
|Pirates Cafe -Mussel Burgers, "Snappa" Burgers, Mussel Fritters Yummers!|
|Jumbo Pirate Mussel Fritters!|
Feeling pretty full, we walked around the place admiring the stalls. As well as having a myriad of food stalls, the seafood festival also hosted a number of arts and crafts stalls -sadly, I couldn't convince Jason to get his face painted.
|Look at the pretty sea shells!|
|Pretty wind spinners|
|Giant liquorice from New Generation Liquorice|
|Scallop Wontons -$2 each|
|BBQ wok flamed Kaimoana -scallops, mussels and prawns -$15 a plate|
|Mmm.. I think this is pretty self explanatory|
|Looking so pleased with his squid rings and garlic prawns|
|Oceanz stall: Prawn skewers in herb and garlic -$3 each or $5 for two, Lobster half -$35, Squid rings -$5 for a container|
It was totally worth the wait! The prawns were sweet and juicy with just the right amount of herb and garlic butter while the squid rings were crunchy delicious. No lobster for us though -we're having some for dinner tomorrow (aren't we lucky?).
|Steamed Scampi -$7 per 1/2 dozen|
|Prawn Cocktail and Chili Chocolate Prawns|
What is a food festival without weird and wonderful foods? We simply had to try these Chili Chocolate Prawns and freshly steamed scampi! We were a little disappointed with the chocolate prawns because they simply weren't different enough -I'm really not sure what we were expecting. It seemed as if the chocolate sauce was a completely different dish to the prawns and, as for the chili? I couldn't taste it at all!
|Mmm.. suckin' out the head juices|
|Fresh Mussels -$2 a bag|
Well, if you're reading this now and are hoping to get your hands on some delicious seafood, you're too late. Sorry -but be sure to keep an eye out for the seafood festival next year! For just $15, you can gain entry into some of the best seafood Auckland has to offer. See you there next year!