Narooma Oyster Festival
The 13th award-winning Narooma Oyster Festival was celebrated on the 30 April – 1 May. It was the best yet with amazing events, excellent food, cooking demonstrations, attendance by Federal and State Ministers and marvellous press. There was something for everyone, visitors and locals alike. Special thanks go to our generous sponsors and donors and for all the work contributed by volunteers who are, indeed, Narooma ambassadors
The 2021 Covid-safe program celebrated South Coast produce – think abalone, sea urchins and, of course, oysters! A highlight this year was the revamped cooking program that matched visiting chefs to local producers with a focus on South Coast produce that usually gets exported. It’s a rare opportunity to taste high-end South Coast seafood previously destined for the tables of top restaurants around the world.
Fun for families and foodies alike, the festival delivered great food experiences with oyster tastings, oyster masterclasses, cooking demonstrations, food and wine market stalls and the popular bush tucker cook-up. The 2021 program included local art and culture with the addition of the River of Art Arts Alley, Djinoma Yilaga Choir and Djaadjawan Dancers, live music, family entertainment and the popular oyster shucking competition – a coveted title amongst South Coast oyster farmers.
Paul West (chef, author, TV presenter and oyster farmer) joined the team to infuse his River Cottage Australia charm as the 2021 Narooma Oyster Festival ambassador and Kelly Eastwood (Eastwoods Deli and Cooking School) returned to host the cooking program. Australian seafood legend, John Susman, judged the shucking competition and hosted the Ultimate Oyster Experience. Sean Connolly, multi-restaurant owner (The Morrison Bar & Oyster Room) and Jordan Toft, from the Merivale team, spun their magic and engaged large crowds.
Congratulations Cath Peachey and the Narooma Rocks Committee. Well deserved success.