Ink your diary for 23 and 24 October when a new festival celebrating the humble Squid jigs into Busselton.

Squid Fest will celebrate all the best bits about this intriguing Cephalopod with a program of events themed around water, wind, earth and fire on and around the Busselton foreshore.

Expect squid fishing competitions , education giant sea creature kite flying, south west sea and land food and wine sampling and demonstrations, kids’ activities, live entertainment and more.  

Festival co-director Jill Barton said the idea for Squid Fest came from a chance stroll along the Busselton Jetty one evening with her husband.

“The jetty was marked with black splotches at regular intervals and it wasn’t until we saw someone fishing for squid that we realised the marks were squid ink. As it turns out there was a healthy appetite for a festival combining food, fishing, education, entertainment and we can’t wait to share our new appreciation for squid with others,” she said.

Squid, or Southern Calamari, can be found along the south coast of Australia, but are particularly prolific around Geographe Bay where the sheltered, shallow water and seagrass beds provide a perfect habitat. They grow extremely quickly and live for less than 18 months on average, making them a highly sustainable species.

The program will feature Friday night food and wine events, entertainment and learn-to-squid clinics; and on Saturday, visitors will enjoy a cheery south west culinary marketplace and entertainment on the Busselton Foreshore, squidding contests for kids and adults, and a colourful sea creature kiting display.

More information will be available closer to the event so organisers recommend signing up to the Squid Fest database at www.squidfest.com.au to get the latest news.

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