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Tickets on sale for Tunarama 2022 opening ceremony, dinners

Iconic competition: General admission to free events like the iconic plastic fish Tuna Toss will be ticketed, and available to book online from January. Picture: Supplied
Iconic competition: General admission to free events like the iconic plastic fish Tuna Toss will be ticketed, and available to book online from January. Picture: Supplied

Tickets are now on sale for three indoor ticketed events at Tunarama 2022, an annual festival celebrating Port Lincoln's history as an Australian seafood mecca.

The festival will kick-off with a three-in-one event at the Nautilus Arts Centre on Friday, January 21 from 6pm, starting with the official opening ceremony, followed by the the Ambassador Quest Finale at 6.30pm - during which one woman will be awarded the 2022 Tunarama Ambassador title for her hard work raising the profile of a local charity.

At 8pm, a special look back at the last 60 years of Tunarama will feature pictures, footage and stories tracking SA's largest regional event. Tickets for the night are on sale at nautilusartscentre.com.au

If you're a true foody and a seafood enthusiast, then book ahead for the Best of Eyre Dinner on Saturday, January 22, from 6.30pm at the Hotel Boston. It will feature the best local catch of the day that could include the likes of tuna, prawns, kingfish, crayfish and octopus, and also the region's lamb and beef - all paired with local wines.

The event is presented by the Australian Southern Bluefin Tuna Industry Association and tickets are available at satickets.com.au (event # 14788).

Show your wares: The Tunarama Optus Community Markets will showcase the region's artsy-crafty folk. Stallholder applications are now open. Picture: Supplied

Show your wares: The Tunarama Optus Community Markets will showcase the region's artsy-crafty folk. Stallholder applications are now open. Picture: Supplied

On Sunday, January 23, Tunarama will be moving back to its fishy beginnings with the Blessing of the Fleet Dinner at the Marina Hotel from 6.30pm. Prawns will take pride of place in the meal. Tickets can be bought at satickets.com.au (event # 14789).

Jane Intini, Tunarama coordinator, said the festival originated in 1962 when a group of locals decided to celebrate the contribution of the tuna industry to the region.

"The Blessing of the Fleet Dinner will celebrate Tunarama's history, allowing people to wish the fleet safe passage," Ms Intini said.

If you're talented and creative, and have a flair for arts and crafts, now is the time to book a stall to show-off your wares at the Optus Community Markets, to be held at Centenary oval from 9.30am until 8.30pm on Saturday and Sunday, January 22 and 23. Email info@tunarama.net for an application form.

In keeping with COVID-19 regulations, general admission to free events like the iconic plastic fish Tuna Toss will be ticketed, and available to book online from January.

Find out more at tunarama.net