Wrapping up a successful 2020 festival

We’d like to thank everyone who was involved in making our most recent festival such a success.

Great weather, amazing tunes from all the musicians and so much delicious food helped make it a great day. Over 20,000 people walked through the gates, and we had lots of great feedback from visitors on Facebook:

“What a truly amazing day. Great food. The entertainment was fantastic and full praise for all the volunteers. So helpful & friendly. And then “the Mussels”… delicious!!”

“Love it! Weather was great, stalls were awesome, a great variety and such a good atmosphere!”

“Our first time visiting the Portarlington Mussel Festival, it was a fantastic day. The volunteers were all so friendly & helpful. Great entertainment & amazing food. We will definitely go back next year. Thanks for a fantastic day. 😎”

You can watch the festival highlights reel here on Facebook.

Some of the local organisations received their donations at the volunteer appreciation night.

Here are the final numbers

  • $32,000 raised for community organisations
  • Over $230,000 has been raised since inception
  • Over 300 volunteers
  • Over 10 tonnes of mussels sold
  • Over 350 stall holders
  • 30 acts on three stages
  • Over 20,000 happy faces!

Local clubs and organisations that benefited include:

  • Portarlington CFA
  • Portarlington Football & Netball Club
  • Portarlington Cricket Club
  • Drysdale Angling club
  • Bellarine Agricultural Society
  • Portarlington Drysdale Lions Club
  • Queenscliff Coast Guard
  • Portarlington Tennis Club
  • Portarlington Girl Guides
  • Portarlington & St Leonards RSL
  • Springdale Garden Club
  • Peninsula Little Athletics Club
  • Portarlington Community Association
  • Portarlington Food Assistance Program
  • Port Miniature Railway
  • Portarlington Primary School
  • Port Senior Citizens Centre
  • Port Information Booth
  • Bellarine Bayside

Again we need to thank all our generous sponsors:

  • The Drain Man
  • Bendigo Bank
  • Coastyle
  • Port Phillip Ferries
  • Four Seasons Waste
  • Barwon Water
  • Bayshore Electrical
  • Bellarine Bayside
  • Blue pencil publishing
  • GC Downard
  • Stockdale Leggo
  • Mr Mussel
  • Haze Music
  • Music Workshop
  • Atmosphere Events Hire Specialists
  • Senior Citizens Club

Thanks again, and we look forward to seeing you all again on 9th January, 2021!