Festival - Ulladulla Blessing of the Fleet Festival
It’s Back Baby!!!
Easter Sunday 9th April.
Civic Centre grounds, Ulladulla harbour and wharf precinct.
9am – 6pm.
The Ulladulla Blessing of the Fleet Festival is back with a bang in 2023. After three years without the iconic show stopping, highway closing colourful Float Parade, this Easter’s Festival will boast a never seen before spectacle. Princesses from the past three years have been given an opportunity to participate in the Parade.
There will be crowds of thousands lining the Princes Hwy, through the heart of Ulladulla, keen to watch the princesses on their floats they have built. The Italian fishing community marching with the statue of St Peter and the Scottish Tattoo.
The Festival street Parade is hands down the major draw card of this historic Festival, which set its roots in 1956. But one cannot forget what is at the heart of the Festival, the ‘Blessing of the fishing fleet.’, for this is how it all began.
Festival goers are welcome to view the official ‘Blessing of the Fleet’ on Ulladulla wharf. Father Michael will bless each vessel on the harbour. Ulladulla Marine Rescue will transport Father Michael in one of their vessels to each boat.
The boats in the harbour are decorated with colourful flags and are brimming with family, it’s the core of this Festival, Ulladulla being a traditional Italian fishing town.
For the first time in three years we will also see the return of the ‘Greasy Pole’ competition and the beach ‘Tug-O-War’. These elements are hugely entertaining and popular as local and visiting groups compete. The three poles used for the ‘Greasy Pole’ competition can be seen all year round on the foreshore of Ulladulla harbour, it is so entrenched in Ulladulla’s culture.
There will be loads going on during the course of the day.
From 9am there will be Live Music, Rides, Artesian Market Stalls, Show Bags, International Food Vans, Kids Zone activities, Expo’s, Vintage Cars, a Scottish Tattoo performance, Fireworks!!
An amazing Festival steeped in tradition, Ulladulla is the only place to be Easter Sunday.
This year’s Festival will celebrate local seafood with an Easter Saturday event at Ulladulla Civic Centre.
‘A Taste of the Sea’ will be an evening of fine dining on canapes in the foyer overlooking the beautiful harbour, a drink on arrival and entertainment by Met and Maya. Guests will then enjoy a main and dessert, whilst they hear from local seafood producers. This will be followed by lots of dancing! Meals prepared by Killara Catering & Events. Sponsored by Ulladulla Fishermen’s Co-op.
The menu will include local Appallation Oysters, Tuna, Flathead tails, Coila Lake Prawns.
This is a fundraising event, with all proceeds going to the running of the Ulladulla Blessing of the Fleet Festival.