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Blessing of the Fleet

Blessing of the Fleet

23/09/2018 10:30 AM - 3:00 PM

As a much-loved event in the local calendar, Sydney Fish Market is excited to once again host the annual Blessing of the Fleet celebration on Sunday 23 September.

Join us in celebrating one of oldest traditions amongst fishing communities in the world, and as a community help bless our local fishing fleet, wishing them safe travels and a prosperous year ahead.

Courtesy of the Association Bagnara Calabra, the statue of the Madonna – the Santa Maria Di Porto Salvo (literally translated as St. Mary of Safe Ports or Safe Harbour) – is taken on a colourful procession around the site with a youthful marching band, returning to the wharf to bless the decorated local fishing fleet.

With a stunning backdrop of Blackwattle Bay, the festa will then kick off in the afternoon with a ‘thankyou’ to our fishermen, followed by live entertainment, including the famous spaghetti eating competition for both adults and children.

For one day only, Sydney Fish Market will be opening its Blackwattle Bay wharf for public access, housing a stage for entertainment, as well as plenty of seating, tables and umbrellas to enjoy the day beside the water, up close with the fishing fleet.

Market stalls will involve free face painting for the kids, as well as a presence from the Royal Australian Navy, UrbanGrowth NSW Development Corporation, and a must see an interactive display from our local fishermen and OceanWatch Australia with fresh fish on display and net mending demos.

We look forward to seeing you down at the market!

Stay tuned to our Facebook page for more information over the coming weeks.



10.30     Welcome to site
10.45     Opening prayer
10.50     Procession of the Madonna around site
11.30 – 12.15     Blessing of the Fleet
12.20     Speeches
12.45 – 3.00       Live Entertainment (including the famous spaghetti eating contest)

Helpful Information

Getting Here

The best way to get to SFM is via public transport

  • Sydney Light Rail: operates between Central, Haymarket, Darling Harbour, Lilyfield and Dulwich Hill, hop off a the Fish Market stop and follow the signs.
  • Bus Route 501: City/West Ryde/Ryde service departs from Miller St opposite Jones St
  • Bus Route 389: North Bondi/Pyrmont/City service departs from Harris and Allan St
  • Boat: Sydney Fish Market a landing pontoon to allow access to the market for small, private vessels.  The pontoon is restricted to vessels 6 metres and under and will be a drop off/pick up facility only to ensure maximum availability of the pontoon.



Carpark entry via Bank Street


Trading Hours

Sydney Fish Market is open 7 days a week (excluding Christmas Day) from 7am