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SAN REMO will be a-buzz this Sunday,
September 9 with the return of the annual
San Remo Fishing Festival.
This year’s festival will be a rejuvenated
and revitalised event, celebrating the rich
fishing history of the village.
The festival began in 1978, run by the Kil-
cunda Bass Football Club, but is now being
organised by the San Remo District Tourism
and Business Association (SRDTB).
SRDTB President, Craig Edmonds, said
the local traders had embraced the chance
to boost the popular local festival and return
the focus to the fishing history of San Remo.
“First up, we decided to bring back the
Blessing of the Fleet,” explained Craig.
“We wanted to strengthen the local focus
of the festival and capture the essence of the
The first San Remo Blessing of the Fleet
was held in 1955. The tradition of bless-
ing the fleet to provide a safe and plentiful
season for the fishermen originated in Sicily
This year, the blessing will be opened to
commercial and recreational boats and
Craig said many vessels had already regis-
“I am not sure how many registrations we
will have, as they are still coming in. It will
be a floating number on the day I expect, ”
Presiding over the blessing is Anglican Min-
ister, Reverend Jo White, who has previously
done Blessing of the Fleet at Port Albert.
The celebrations will also include the U3A
Choir and Wonthaggi Citizens’ Band.
In line with the renewed local focus, all the
stores at the festival will feature either local
wine and produce or fishing industry related
products and information.
As well as the stalls and children’s ac-
tivities, there is a full program of activities,
starting with a smoking ceremony and Wel-
come to Country by Steve Parker at 9am.
With a huge marquee set up on the fore-
shore, the festival will go ahead rain or shine.
There will be fish filleting demonstrations
by the San Remo Fisherman’s Co-op as well
as Cooking Demonstrations from local chefs,
courtesy of the Westernport and San Remo
A great array of local food and wine stalls,
fishing stalls and competitions, live music,
kids’ activities and free face painting are all
Win a fresh seafood tray on the popular
spinning wheel, enjoy the barbeque by the
Lions and Kilcunda Bass Football Club, or
watch the popular pelican feeding at lunch-
Sammy the Seal and Pete Penguin will be
dropping by to hand out some giveaways.
In support of the Plastic Free Phillip Island
campaign, the giveaways will be in reusable
shopping backs and packed with vouchers
and special offers from local businesses.
Throughout the day, there will be four spe-
cial cruises departing from the jetty. Wildlife
Coast Cruises are offering a $5 Cape Cruise
at 9.30am and at 12 noon, while the Eco
Boat Cape Cruises for $7.50 per person, de-
part at 9.45am, 12.15pm and 1pm.
Tickets for the cruises are available online
The Deckies Race at 1.15pm should be a
Teams from eight local businesses will bat-
tle it out in a unique 30 metre relay event.
In a nod to the fishing history of San Remo,
each leg of the relay will involve a boating or
fishing skill: rolling a cray pot for 30 metres,
carrying a bin full of ice, float toss into a cray
pot and a rope drag and coil.
The CFA, SES and Coast Guard will also
be on hand, offering free safety checks on
fire extinguishers and tips on boat safety.
And of course, all the San Remo shops and
cafes will be open for business.
The festival has received strong support
from the Bass Coast Shire Council and Des-
tination Phillip Island and this year the Vic-
torian Fisheries Association has joined the
San Remo Fisherman’s Co-op as a major
Craig said this support, along with the lo-
cal businesses that have thrown their weight
behind the event, has been invaluable.
“We’ve put a lot of thought and time into or-
ganising the event, and we have great plans
for the future, ” he said.
“Over the years the festival has changed its
shape and format, but one thing has stayed
the same. It is a festival made possible by
local businesses and local volunteers, who
are proud of their town and proud of their
The organisers are hoping to build up the
festival into an event that attracts visitors
from across the state.
More on pages 12 & 13
San Remo comes alive
Christine Grayden, Museum Curator, Phillip Island Nature Parks, has been awarded the Museums Australia (Victoria) Lifetime Achieve-
ment Award for her work protecting the heritage on Phillip Island for over 30 years. She is pictured accepting the award from Liz Rushen,
Chair, History Council of Victoria, at a ceremony at the Melbourne Museum last Tuesday night. Turn to page 10 for full story.
Award for protecting our heritage
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