For the past three consecutive years Wilson’s Boathouse has been hosting its annual charitable event, the Manly Boathouse Seafood and Jazz Festival; serving up the best the bay has to offer against soaring Jazz melodies and the beautiful backdrop of the Manly foreshore.
“We want to get the message across that here in Manly we have the best selection of seafood that anyone can eat anywhere” said Sharyn de Kort, organizer of the event and on Sunday 27th May the message rang out loud and clear. Chefs were working weeks in advance to prepare the succulent array of fish, prawns, freshly shucked oysters, chips and other delights that drew thousands to the bay once more.
“Everyone leads such busy lives, it’s nice to be able to sit back and relax,” said Sharyn. “There are not a lot of street events in the Wynnum Manly area that happen based around food and you can see that everyone’s enjoying themselves. It’s great to see people having such a good time.”
The Paradise City Jazz Band set the tune for the day, serenading visitors at the entrance. The group has been playing together for about 40 years and on Sunday played as an eight piece alternating between two stage sets and roving performances. David Rankin of Wakerley and four other members of the ensemble recently arrived back from a brief session in China playing gigs at such prestigious venues as the Chanto. The Kristina Kelman Sextet and Chardonnay Sippers were also among the many talented Jazz ensembles that delighted diners with their brassy sounds and all that jazz.
The mud crab races, a new feature this year, also proved especially popular. The crabs attracted a loud rally of support from the large crowd that gathered to witness the race. Up to $500 was placed on individual crabs and all proceeds are to be donated to charity. Winner of the 3:30pm race was Morgo Mick from Manly, owner of the Queens Port Tavern Hemmant.
The charities of the day included the Manly Volunteer Coastguards and Brisbane Support for the Homeless.
Seafood & Jazz Fest: Manly Seafood and Jazz Festival
It was predicted that 3000- 4000 people would congregate to the Manly Boathouse Seafood and Jazz Festival last Sunday 28th May, double the amount that attended last years event. The Wynnum Manly foreshore was again host to the second year running of the Seafood and Jazz Festival which this year grew in both size and numbers. A tremendous success, the event ran from 10:00am-5:30pm beside the Wilson Boathouse, Norfolk Point, Trafalgar Street, Manly.
The day included an array of Jazz performers alongside several seafood stalls of succulent fresh and cooked seafood. A variety of boutique wines and beers were also available. The luscious smell of seafood wafted through the air to tempt hungry onlookers while the syncopated melodies of Jazz filled their ears.
Megan Washington, a popular local singer, was a particular favorite with her smooth voice and Jazzy sound. Megan has previously played gigs at the boathouse and when asked to perform at the Seafood and Jazz Festival “was really keen to be involved.”
It’s great to see local performers getting involved and supporting an event that is essentially ‘Wynnum Manly.’ Backed by band, Misinterprotato, who later went on to play a few sets on their own, she provided excellent entertainment.
The view was also superb. From the deck of the Wilson Boathouse Seafood Restaurant could be seen a spectacular panorama of the Manly Boat Harbour and Moreton Bay. The backdrop certainly complimented the tastes and sounds of the festival.
It took months of planning in advance and the time and skills of many to bring together this wonderful celebration of seafood and music but it was well worth the effort. Doug Barton a sponsor from Doug Barton Motors on Tingal Rd, states that the festival is a wonderful way “to bring people to Manly and to provide something for the people of Manly” it is also a great opportunity “for people to fall in love with seafood and jazz and to try boutique wines and beers”
Another major sponsor, Lex Forsyth from Sea Cargo Logistics also speaks highly of the event. “I came onboard this year and am looking forward to continue working on it in years to come… its good to give support to the local area and to give back to the community.”
Neil Jedid, owner of the Wilson Boathouse Seafood Restaurant supplied the delicious choice of seafood. Instigator of the festival he was very pleased with the results.
“I would like to thank all the people who came down today, the chief and team and also the sponsors who promote the business and helped put together this magnificent event. Also thanks to the volunteer coastguards for their cooperation and to everyone for their support, we hope to see you all next year!”
The seafood delights ranged from fresh seafood, traditional Spanish style Salmon, oysters, lobsters, fish and chips, prawns and more. These dishes can be enjoyed anytime at the Wilson Boathouse Seafood restaurant.
Seafood & Jazz Fest: Wilson's Boathouse Seafood and Jazz Festival
It was a beautiful day on Sunday 29th of May the day of the Wilson's Boathouse Seafood and Jazz Festival. Wine seafood and music was the order of the day while enjoying the view of Manly Harbor. Guest on the way in received a complimentary wine glass engraved "Wilson's Boathouse Seafood and Jazz Festival 2005" which most proceeded to fill with the range of fine wine's on offer. King Prawns, Lobster, Fish & Chips, Pacific Oysters, Sand Crabs and Bugs where available at the 4 food marquees, all was well presented and looked delicious.
The festival was a major success, was filled to capacity and very professionally organized. Wilson's Boathouse hope to make the festival an annual event.