Countdown to Hooked on Portland 2023

Published on 23 January 2023


The countdown is on to one of Portland’s biggest weekends, with the return of the popular Hooked on Portland festival this weekend.

Australian blues rock band The Black Sorrows and television chef Courtney Roulston will headline the festival’s entertainment, which will take place on 28 and 29 January 2023 along the Portland Foreshore.

The festival will also feature a two day long fishing competition, fishing education workshops, Skate Park Leagues Australia competition, food trucks, markets and more as part of its schedule of free family friendly entertainment.

Glenelg Shire Mayor Cr Scott Martin anticipated Portland would be “buzzing”, with the festival coinciding with the end of the summer school holidays.

“All roads lead to Portland for what will be a busy weekend of premier free entertainment for the entire family,” he said.

“The live music element of the festival will be headlined by The Black Sorrows, who have won the ARIA for Best Band, played sold-out shows across Europe and sold more than two million albums worldwide. The Black Sorrows will also be supported by local band The Southbound Three and up and coming artist Flynn Gurry.

““For the food side of the festival, we are thrilled to welcome popular chef Courtney Roulston to Portland. Courtney’s success in the kitchen first started as a much-loved contestant on Series 2 of Masterchef in 2010 and she now appears as a regular on weekly cooking show The Cook’s Pantry on Channel 10.

“Alongside the Main Stage and the Catch and Cook Stage, there will be a fishing competition and workshops, a dedicated youth zone, a pop-up Bar, food trucks, roving entertainment, kids amusements and more.

“There is something on offer for everyone and we can’t wait to welcome back crowds for this iconic event.”

Hooked on Portland was first launched in 2018 and is coordinated by the Glenelg Shire Council in partnership with the Victorian Fisheries Authority (VFA). The event aims to promote Portland as a regional destination of choice and highlight its many fishing, food and tourism offerings.

To keep up to date with all festival details follow the Hooked on Portland Facebook page or webpage.

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