The annual Blessing Of The Fleet is one of Sydney Fish Market’s most popular events, heralding Spring and bringing auspices for a safe and bountiful fishing season. It’s a borrowed tradition that dates back hundreds of years, practised in fishing villages along the Mediterranean coast and in other parts of the world and introduced to this country by migrants. It has become a signature event for SFM whose origins are strongly linked to Southern Italian fishing families.
The day begins with a procession led by bearers carrying a statue of Santa Maria Di Porto Salvo (literally translated as St. Mary of Safe Ports or Safe Harbour). To the accompaniment of a boisterous marching band, the procession circles the site before returning to the wharf where the docked fishing boats have been decorated. The boats are blessed and the party starts.
With live entertainment, the highly contested spaghetti eating competition, face painting, net mending demonstrations, an interactive Ocean Watch Australia display, great food, picnic tables, umbrellas, and a stunning backdrop, you’re sure to net a bucketful of smiles.
Sunday 29th September
10:30am – 3pm
Sydney Fish Market