Bait to Plate

Kev Collins

Well known Restauranter and co-owner of Fish D'vine & The Rum Bar in Airlie Beach. When Kev's not working he's out fishing in the amazing food bowl of the Whitsundays and Great Barrier Reef Marine Park or in his tinnie in the estuaries crabbing! His blog imparts wisdom, tales and info on all things fishing and food.

Reef Festival Bait to Plate Lunch

It’s on again. Reef festival rolls around and with it the dining event we created with Reef Festival in mind, our Bait to Plate lunch. A great chance to be inventive, educational and entertaining for both true foodies and those interested in our regions seafood and how to catch, prepare and cook. The weather gods are critical to the success of this day and the few days of calm weather early next week should allow our local commercial fishers to go to sea and hopefully even get to the reef itself. Having done a Bait to Plate lunch featuring fish from around the Islands and another featuring fish for the estuaries and Repulse Bay I am hoping to mix it up a bit this time and have even sourced some live local Red Claw Crayfish for something completely different. The full menu will not come together till next Thursday/Friday when the fisherman start to return to Port but I’m hoping for some unusual varieties that I can work with our chefs on. Maybe even some of our beautiful local garfish , delicious and so much better than using them for bait. Maybe some flathead which are thick in the bay this time of year and certainly some Coral trout. So many options.  As soon as the catch is in I will set the menu and post it on line.