ORGANISERS of this year’s Tunarama Festival are working hard in the lead up to the event, which is now just two weeks away.
Festival coordinator Sally Neville said this year’s festival would be “varied and exciting” and would have wide appeal to bring back the 18 to 25 year-old audience that had been lost from the event.
“We lost that age group because there was really nothing for them apart from the Beach Bods competition,” she said.
“We have worked really hard to get them back and make Tunarama more of a festival rather than a show.”
Ms Neville said the festival had a local focus but when it came to entertainment there would be something for everyone with local and Adelaide musicians packing the program.
She said the festival’s new food and wine destination ‘Eyre Square’, which would open on Thursday, January 26, would showcase the region’s abundance of seafood and wine, and beer from Beer Garden Brewing.
Chef from Adelaide restaurant Africola, Duncan Welgemoed will be joined by local chefs to produce the Best of Eyre dinner, which replaces the Long Table event, on Friday, January 27.
“Set on the city’s foreshore overlooking scenic Boston Bay, this popular annual event embraces Australia Day and is a celebration of the best the Eyre Peninsula has to offer in food, wine, entertainment and hospitality,” Ms Neville said.
Ms Neville said the live music and local food and wine vendors were aimed at encouraging people to stay on the foreshore and enjoy the view and on Saturday night enjoy the fireworks.
She said although there were plenty of new elements to this year’s festival, all the old favourites would not miss out.
“We pride ourselves in staging quirky and innovative events including the tuna toss, keg roll and boat building races,” Ms Neville said.