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Mackerel Snappers Picnic

Municipality of Chester

 "It's the picnic principle. Things taste better outdoors."
Franny Billingsley

For over 40 years now – friends and family, from near and far gather for the tasty and fun tradition found at the Annual Mackerel Snappers Picnic.

Mid July marks the time folks gather on Graves Island for carnival games and bingo, musical entertainment and of course a marvellous mackerel supper.

Served from 12 noon until 6pm - your meal comes complete with great grilled mackerel, new potatoes, old fashioned cukes & cream salad, roll and home baked pie!

The annual event is held as a fundraiser for nearby East Chester Recreation Association and makes for a wonderful way to spend a sweet summertime day - celebrating with this charming community.

For more on this annual event and all other East Chester Recreation Association events visit their Facebook page here.

Summer time is when you’ll find the mackerel running on the South Shore of Nova Scotia. They travel in schools which makes catching mackerel might easy – in fact more than one at a time when you use multiple hooks on your line. You don’t need a license to fish for mackerel so give it a try for yourself and get to grillin’! For more on fishing mackerel and more in the Province of Nova Scotia click here.

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