The Scallop Festival is a very popular foodie event usually held annually in Whitianga in September to celebrate the start of the scallop season.
There’s something for everyone, young and old – with many food and wine stalls, seafood and cooking demonstrations from some of NZ’s top chefs, and live music and entertainment. The first Whitianga Scallop Festival was held in 2005 and its popularity has steadily increased every year.
Get ready to shuck some new season scallops, get tips on how to cook them by well-known NZ chefs, try a local beer and listen to some iconic kiwi bands.
Tickets are usually available through their website from around April or May. We recommend purchasing your tickets in advance as it is a popular event and often sells out.
Flaxmill is within walking distance to Ferry Landing and the 5 minute passenger ferry over to Whitianga.