The inaugural Wynnum Seafood Festival will celebrate the abundance of fresh local seafood available to the Moreton Bay region.

The festival will also celebrate the area’s heritage as a popular fishing and boating spot.

“We are blessed with an abundance of fresh seafood and local produce in Queensland and some of the best seafood in the world is caught in the pristine waters of the Moreton Bay region,” says local fisherman Ian MacKenzie.

“We have our famous Moreton Bay bugs, mud crabs and bay, king and tiger prawns, and spring is also a great time for Queensland oysters, scallops and wild-caught fish such as reef fish and snapper.”

Peter Cumming, local Councillor for the Wynnum Manly ward, says the festival will be a great addition to the area’s event calendar.

“Residents and visitors to the Wynnum Seafood Festival will have the opportunity to experience the bayside area’s unique charms firsthand while sampling the best of the region’s fresh seafood and local catch.

“It will be the perfect day out for families, friends, locals and visitors wanting to enjoy the best of Brisbane in the spring.”

As well as seafood, the one-day festival will include a full program of free events, including live music and entertainment, colourful market stalls and children’s rides and activities.

Event organisers hope to attract 3,000 to 5,000 people, and plan to run the event annually every spring.

The all-ages event will be held on Saturday 22 October from 11am to 6pm, in the centre of Wynnum on Edith Street between Bay Terrace and Tingal Road (overlooking the iconic Wynnum foreshore and jetty).