OYSTER farmers from the Shoalhaven to the Victorian border are delighted to be playing a major role in the next Narooma Oyster Festival (April 5-6, 2014) under the Australia’s Oyster Coast (AOC) banner.
They were in Narooma last Friday for an AOC meeting and their participation in next year’s Oyster Festival was a major item on their agenda.
“Our farmers are delighted we will have an AOC oyster precinct at the Festival’s Naturally Gourmet Fair on the Saturday,’ AOC executive director Andrew Wales said.
“Each estuary will have its own stall serving up their own fresh oysters, with possibly a chef from their area assisting with oysters cooked in some way,” he said.
AOC President Ben Ralston of Batemans Bay said the whole region will benefit.
“It’s wonderful exposure for the AOC both as a prestigious brand and as a destination,” he said.
“It will greatly increase awareness of what we are doing, who we are and our beautiful region.”
AOC on NSW’s south coast is home to eight of the world’s most environmentally sustainable oyster growing estuaries – the Shoalhaven and Crookhaven Rivers, Clyde River, Tuross Lake, Wagonga Inlet, Wapengo Lake, Merimbula Lake, Pambula Lake and Wonboyn Lake.