TRUE oyster lovers and hardy locals braved a very rainy day to enjoy this year's Narooma Oyster Festival.
Montague Island recorded 36mm up until 9am Saturday morning just as the gates opened and although the forecast was for showers to clear, they certainly did not.
Brollies, raincoat and plastic bags were the fashion of the day and while numbers were no doubt down, there was still a healthy crowd having fun.
There was a notable influx of Asian tourists from Sydney after a concerted marketing campaign with visitors saying they read out about in their Chinese language newspapers, magazines and social media services.
The festival also saw the launch of the Australia’s Oyster Coast “Oyster Trail” that covers the estuaries from the Shoalhaven to Wonboyn south of Eden.
There were indeed plenty of oysters at the festival.
While the Shoalhaven and Clyde were closed due to recent rains, most of the oysters came from the Pambula and Merimbula estuaries and yes there were Narooma oysters – Sydney rocks and native Angazzi.
Other highlights were the kites overseen by art coordinator Judy Glover, the NSW Farmers oyster-shucking contest and the Ultimate Oyster Experience hosted by the new-look The Inlet restaurant featuring growers talking about their product.
We’re off to oyster festival dinner at the Narooma Golf Club but will add captions and more details as they come to hand!