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The inaugural Hooked On Portland festival celebrates the coastal centre of Portland as a fishing and tourist hotspot.

Taking place over the Australia Day long weekend, the three day festival will begin on Friday January 26, with childrens' amusements on the foreshore, a passport destination competition, food and drink park and a twilight cinema.

On Saturday, there will be a fishing competition for beginners, experts and everyone in between, complemented by free fishing clinics and informative talks for those less experienced in heading offshore.

The festival offers fun for all ages, with boat tours of the port and foreshore water activities, a 'Foodie' tent with seafood cooking demonstrations from MasterChef finalists Sam Goodwin and Eliza Wilson, market stalls and a youth zone with skating exhibitions and a basketball competition.

For music lovers, the Big Stage line-up will feature The Pierce Brothers, The Settlement, Sal Kimber and the Rollin' Wheel, Louise Adams and the Lost Era, Mark Lang (Skipping Girl Vinegar) and This Way North. The day will also include a live broadcast of Triple J's Hottest 100.

The festival concludes on Sunday with a community big breakfast and fishing competition presentations.

Content: Victorian Fisheries Authority

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  • Disabled access available, contact operator for details