Kellie Quigley and Victoria McRae, both 15 and from Mullumbimby, wait for their order from Starfish Takeway fish and chip shop
Kellie Quigley and Victoria McRae, both 15 and from Mullumbimby, wait for their order from Starfish Takeway fish and chip shop

Visitors hook into the local cuisine

By RACHEL AFFLICK rachel.afflick@northernstar.com.au THIS is the best week of the year for Starfish Takeaway owners Sabina Dods and Leigh Grossmitch.

Not only because it's the Brunswick Heads Festival of Fish and Chips, but because they sell the most fitting cuisine for the occasion fish 'n' chips.

"We're a fish and chip shop across the road from the Fish and Chips Festival. Is it ironic or is it well organised?" Mr Grossmitch said.

"The beauty of it is all the country boys in town for the woodchop don't live on the coast so all they want to eat is seafood."

Despite weeks of rainfall, business is booming in Brunswick Heads and many locals say it's because of the woodchop competition which forms part of the festival.

On Wednesday Starfish sold 500kg of chips and 100kg of calamari, courtesy of the hungry axemen and their families.

Mr Grossmitch said the woodchop was also their most 'pleasant' time of year.

"These people are so nice, nothing is too hard for them. You couldn't find a better bunch to serve," he said.

At the Happy Dolphin Cafe, barrista Lara Hunter-Rodwell said business had picked up since the festival started despite constant rain for a month.

Accommodation providers are also raking it in, according to Brunswick Heads Chamber of Commerce president and local real estate agent Russell Siwicki.

Mr Siwicki said the festival was always an excellent time of year for Brunswick Heads. He said if it wasn't for the woodchop the wet weather may have kept holiday crowds away.

"We are one of the major accommodation providers in town and I think there's one cancellation for the week," he said.

"We wouldn't have had a single vacancy if the weather had been good."

He said the festival brought thousands of visitors to the town, a lot of them day-trippers.



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