After a successful debut in 2016, the Wynnum Seafood Festival will be bigger and better in 2017.

Festival organisers are promising more fresh fish and seafood for the October event, as well as a jam-packed schedule of events and entertainment.

After last year’s festival drew 15,000 seafood fans, this year’s event will be staged at a larger event site — the Lower Esplanade of the Wynnum Manly foreshore in George Clayton Park, set against the stunning backdrop of Moreton Bay.

Lytton state Labor MP Joan Pease says the festival is a great addition to the region’s event calendar, and honours the bayside area’s heritage as a popular fishing and boating spot.

“The Wynnum Seafood Festival epitomises the iconic Queensland way of life, boasting warm spring weather, open green spaces, fresh seafood and local produce, all set against the natural beauty of Moreton Bay,” she says.

“The Wynnum Seafood Festival not only encourages residents and visitors to enjoy Brisbane’s vibrant bayside lifestyle and appreciate its rich heritage, but also supports local industry and showcases the abundance of fresh local seafood available to the Moreton Bay region and throughout Queensland.

“I understand that last year’s festival invested approximately $675,000 into the local economy and was strongly supported by the local community by way of visitor attendance as well as through sponsorship and local business involvement in the event program.”

Highlights of this year’s program include a fresh seafood market, gourmet food tasting area, cooking stage and wine and oyster bar.

The crowd favourite prawn peeling competition and mud crab race will return, as well as live music, cooking demonstrations, panel discussions, workshops, children’s rides and activities and market stalls.

The Wynnum Seafood Festival will be held on Saturday 7 October from 9am to 5pm on the Lower Esplanade of the Wynnum Manly foreshore in George Clayton Park. Entry is free to this all-ages event.