Rodney Wilson shows his delight during the Snaparock concert at the Trafalgar Centre on Friday night. Photo: Andrew Board.

Snapafest ‘will be back’

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There were plenty of “learnings” from the inaugural Snapafest over the weekend, but organiser Aldo Miccio says it was a success and it will be back.

The two day festival started in the Trafalgar Centre on Friday night with the Snaparock concert, featuring bands from Australia.

The venue was half-full, but the music was a hit with a busy dance floor throughout the night.

On Saturday, the seafood festival Snapafeast event was held, also at the Trafalgar Centre, after wet weather forced it to be moved from Founders.

There were some complaints of long lines and crammed areas causing some frustration and Aldo says that was disappointing.

“There’s definitely a few learnings. Moving to the Trafalgar Centre, we were short of space for serving the food and that was a bit of a shame, because everyone loved the entertainment and the quality of the food and they had a good time.”

Snapafeast judge Bret McGregor with winning Snapafest chef Adrian Broadmore from 623 in the City. Photo: Brittany Spencer.
Snapafeast judge Bret McGregor with winning Snapafest chef Adrian Broadmore from 623 in the City. Photo: Brittany Spencer.

The competition amongst local chefs to be “SnapaMaster” was won by 623 in the City chef Adrian Broadmore.

Master Chef winner and Snapafest judge Bret McGregor says there were some really high quality dishes plated up.

“There’s no shortage of good chefs in Nelson, I think they all did justice to the quality of ingredients, but some just outshone the others with a little bit of balance and that’s what made the difference in the end.”