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Island Hopper, Issue #068,, Celebrating Seafood
August 30, 2023

September 2023: Issue #068


Welcome to Island Hopper! I hope you will discover lots about Phillip Island and the surrounding area.

TIDAL Seafood Festival

San Remo is celebrating seafood with the TIDAL Seafood Festival (formally the San Remo Fishing Festival).

To be held around the San Remo Foreshore the weekend of September 15/17, it promises to be a wonderful celebration of the town’s connections to the sea.

The festival kicks off on Friday evening with a gala dinner, showcasing the best of seafood from Bass Strait.

Festivities on Saturday include The Blessing of the Fleet. This local tradition of blessing the fleet for a safe and plentiful season, was first held in 1955.

During the day, heats and final of the National Deckie Race will be held. Previously contested by deckie’s from the commercial fishing fleet, this year it will be open to everyone. Tasks include cray pot rolling and carrying a fish bin of ice.

There will be fishing demonstrations, children’s activities, cooking and filleting demonstrations plus seafood for sale.

The daily pelican feeding, and other free family activities will entertain children, as well as live music and stalls.

Local restaurants and cafés during the day and into the evening will be providing seafood, special dishes, local produce and entertainment.

Phillip Island Circuit

Do you feel the need for speed?

Starting with the motorcycle Victorian Road Racing Championships in mid-September, Phillip Island Circuit is firing on all cylinders through to end November.

Also in September is the Victorian State Circuit Racing Championship featuring saloon cars, Porsche 944, Formula Ford, HQ Holden, historic touring cars and more.

The Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix comes to the circuit on October 20/22. And the action isn’t only at the track. Watch the motorbike cavalcade arrive on Phillip Island on Saturday morning then join in with the festivities in Thompson Street, Cowes, where there will be a big screen and live entertainment.

The following weekend brings Round 6 of the Australian Superbike Championship including action from Superbike, Supersport, YMF R3 Cup and the bLU cRU Junior Cup.

November brings the ever-popular Island Magic with the best in Australian motorsport.

Head to the track for this packed spring schedule.

PINP Community Open Day

If you are a resident of Bass Coast Shire, put Sunday September 10 in your diary for Phillip Island Nature Parks Community Open Day.

Locals have free access to all PINP’s attractions (Penguin Parade, Koala Conservation Reserve, Churchill Island Heritage Farm, The Nobbies/Antarctic Journey), plus a behind-the-scenes look into PINP’s conservation work.

For the first time, the penguin parade will also be open for general admission on Monday September 11.

Although events are free, they are ticketed.

Click the link for the full program

September 2 - Churchill Island Farmers Market

September 3, 10, 17 & 24 - Cowes Sunday Market

September 9 - Island Craft Market

September 10 - Phillip Island Nature Parks Community Open Day

September 10 - National Vietnam Veterans Museum Open Day

September 15/17 - San Remo TIDAL Seafood Festival

September 15/17 - 2023 Victorian Road Racing Championships

September 16 - Newhaven Market

September 17 - Phillip Island Jazz Club

September 20/23 - Phillip Island Junior Pro (surfing)

September 22/24 - Victorian State Circuit Racing Championship 2023

September 23 - Market on Church

Phillip Island Events

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