Narooma Oyster Festival hits new high despite rain: MEGA GALLERY

GOURMET FAIR: Visitors enjoyed being able to compare the flavours of oysters from different South Coast estuaries at Narooma Oyster Festival’s Naturally Gourmet Fair on Saturday. Photo by Toby Whitelaw
GOURMET FAIR: Visitors enjoyed being able to compare the flavours of oysters from different South Coast estuaries at Narooma Oyster Festival’s Naturally Gourmet Fair on Saturday. Photo by Toby Whitelaw
OYSTERS ANYONE: Elyce Finney offers up oysters to festival treasurer Paul Dixon, David Palywoda from ActewAGL and deputy mayor Neil Burnside. 
Photo Stan Gorton

OYSTERS ANYONE: Elyce Finney offers up oysters to festival treasurer Paul Dixon, David Palywoda from ActewAGL and deputy mayor Neil Burnside. Photo Stan Gorton

COCKTAIL PARTY: Eurobodalla Shire Council mayor Lindsay Brown, photographer Heide Smith and husband Mike, ActewAGL marketing manager Paul Walshe and festival organiser Cath Peachey at the festival launch at The Whale on Friday. Photo Stan Gorton

COCKTAIL PARTY: Eurobodalla Shire Council mayor Lindsay Brown, photographer Heide Smith and husband Mike, ActewAGL marketing manager Paul Walshe and festival organiser Cath Peachey at the festival launch at The Whale on Friday. Photo Stan Gorton

OPENING EVENT: Enjoying the festival launch at The Whale on Friday are Jim Grant, Sally Burnside, Narooma Golf Club general manager Dominic Connaughton, Narooma Chamber president Orit Karny-Winters and Cam Sullings from ActewAGL. Photo Stan Gorton

OPENING EVENT: Enjoying the festival launch at The Whale on Friday are Jim Grant, Sally Burnside, Narooma Golf Club general manager Dominic Connaughton, Narooma Chamber president Orit Karny-Winters and Cam Sullings from ActewAGL. Photo Stan Gorton

NAROOMA CREW: Mark Anderson from the Narooma Plaza, Nick and Hannah Jean-Mairet from Kingfisher Marine and Automotive, Cas Bendixsen from National Parks, Niels Bendixsen from Three Squared and Kate Anderson at the festival launch at The Whale on Friday. Photo Stan Gorton

NAROOMA CREW: Mark Anderson from the Narooma Plaza, Nick and Hannah Jean-Mairet from Kingfisher Marine and Automotive, Cas Bendixsen from National Parks, Niels Bendixsen from Three Squared and Kate Anderson at the festival launch at The Whale on Friday. Photo Stan Gorton

GOVERNMENT SUPPORT: Chris Hazlewood, Eurobodalla Shire Council general manager Dr. Catherine Dale, Jennifer Clarke, Member for Bega Andrew Constance and Lyn Brown at the festival launch at The Whale on Friday. Photo Stan Gorton

GOVERNMENT SUPPORT: Chris Hazlewood, Eurobodalla Shire Council general manager Dr. Catherine Dale, Jennifer Clarke, Member for Bega Andrew Constance and Lyn Brown at the festival launch at The Whale on Friday. Photo Stan Gorton

FESTIVAL SPONSORS: Debbie and Werner Gross from Narooma Betta Electrical that donated a television, Charlie Bettini of the Wagonga Princess and Mel Ricketson of The Inlet at the festival launch at The Whale on Friday. Photo Stan Gorton

FESTIVAL SPONSORS: Debbie and Werner Gross from Narooma Betta Electrical that donated a television, Charlie Bettini of the Wagonga Princess and Mel Ricketson of The Inlet at the festival launch at The Whale on Friday. Photo Stan Gorton

ABC GIRLS: The girls from the ABC Cheese Factory and Tilba Milk are Christine Linsey and Christine Montague at the festival launch at The Whale on Friday. Photo Stan Gorton

ABC GIRLS: The girls from the ABC Cheese Factory and Tilba Milk are Christine Linsey and Christine Montague at the festival launch at The Whale on Friday. Photo Stan Gorton

JAZZPACK: The Jazz Pack from Tilba entertained at the festival launch at The Whale on Friday and also at the Narooma Oyster Festival the next day. Photo Stan Gorton

JAZZPACK: The Jazz Pack from Tilba entertained at the festival launch at The Whale on Friday and also at the Narooma Oyster Festival the next day. Photo Stan Gorton

COLOURFUL CLOWN: Patrick the clown greets the very first visitors to the Narooma Oyster Festival with RFS volunteers Sean Cavanagh, Mick Marchini, Jane Taylor and Gilly Kearney in the background. Photo Stan Gorton

COLOURFUL CLOWN: Patrick the clown greets the very first visitors to the Narooma Oyster Festival with RFS volunteers Sean Cavanagh, Mick Marchini, Jane Taylor and Gilly Kearney in the background. Photo Stan Gorton

ARRIVAL: Narooma resident Graham Reeve arrives at the Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Stan Gorton

ARRIVAL: Narooma resident Graham Reeve arrives at the Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Stan Gorton

ENTRY TIME: The crowds arrive at the Narooma Oyster Festival in the rain. Photo Stan Gorton

ENTRY TIME: The crowds arrive at the Narooma Oyster Festival in the rain. Photo Stan Gorton

FREE OYSTERS: Narooma Oyster Festival organisers Tamara Zielinski and Tim Burke with fifth generation Batemans Bay oyster farmer John Ralston from Oysters Unplugged who was offering free oysters to those arriving. Photo Stan Gorton.

FREE OYSTERS: Narooma Oyster Festival organisers Tamara Zielinski and Tim Burke with fifth generation Batemans Bay oyster farmer John Ralston from Oysters Unplugged who was offering free oysters to those arriving. Photo Stan Gorton.

FRENCH SHUCKER: The Ralston brothers’ new business Oysters Unplugged employee and French shucker with a visitor at the Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Stan Gorton

FRENCH SHUCKER: The Ralston brothers’ new business Oysters Unplugged employee and French shucker with a visitor at the Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Stan Gorton

FAMILY BEFORE: The Fisse family of Narooma arrives at the Narooma Oyster Festival prepared for the rain. Photo Stan Gorton

FAMILY BEFORE: The Fisse family of Narooma arrives at the Narooma Oyster Festival prepared for the rain. Photo Stan Gorton

CHINESE VISITORS: David, Charlotte, Fang, Daing and Jing Qi from Sydney read about the Narooma Oyster Festival in their local Chinese language newspaper. Photo Stan Gorton

CHINESE VISITORS: David, Charlotte, Fang, Daing and Jing Qi from Sydney read about the Narooma Oyster Festival in their local Chinese language newspaper. Photo Stan Gorton

INDIGENOUS ART: Narooma indigenous artist Cheryl Davison shelters from the rain and works on her art at the Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Stan Gorton

INDIGENOUS ART: Narooma indigenous artist Cheryl Davison shelters from the rain and works on her art at the Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Stan Gorton

SHUCKING LEGEND: Narooma Oyster Festival NSW Farmers oyster shucking competition was won by Batemans Bay oyster farmer Jim Yiannaros, for the second year running and his pictured warming up with Ben and John Ralston. Photo Stan Gorton

SHUCKING LEGEND: Narooma Oyster Festival NSW Farmers oyster shucking competition was won by Batemans Bay oyster farmer Jim Yiannaros, for the second year running and his pictured warming up with Ben and John Ralston. Photo Stan Gorton

GULAGA DANCERS: The boys from the Gulaga Dancers based at Wallaga Lake and led by Warren Foster open the 2014 Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Stan Gorton

GULAGA DANCERS: The boys from the Gulaga Dancers based at Wallaga Lake and led by Warren Foster open the 2014 Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Stan Gorton

GULAGA DANCERS: The boys from the Gulaga Dancers based at Wallaga Lake and led by Warren Foster open the 2014 Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Stan Gorton

GULAGA DANCERS: The boys from the Gulaga Dancers based at Wallaga Lake and led by Warren Foster open the 2014 Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Stan Gorton

DJAADJAWAAN DANCERS: The Djaadjawan Dancers of Narooma doing a great job at opening of the Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Stan Gorton

DJAADJAWAAN DANCERS: The Djaadjawan Dancers of Narooma doing a great job at opening of the Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Stan Gorton

DJAADJAWAAN DANCERS: The Djaadjawan Dancers of Narooma doing a great job at opening of the Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Stan Gorton

DJAADJAWAAN DANCERS: The Djaadjawan Dancers of Narooma doing a great job at opening of the Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Stan Gorton

DJAADJAWAAN DANCERS: The Djaadjawan Dancers of Narooma doing a great job at opening of the Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Stan Gorton

DJAADJAWAAN DANCERS: The Djaadjawan Dancers of Narooma doing a great job at opening of the Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Stan Gorton

ZE GERMANS: Chris and Anika Cooper from “Ze German hut” at the Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Stan Gorton

ZE GERMANS: Chris and Anika Cooper from “Ze German hut” at the Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Stan Gorton

THIRSTY CROWD: Cameron Bargwanna and Jethro DeVries from the Narooma Plaza Cellars keeping the crowd supplied at the Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Stan Gorton

THIRSTY CROWD: Cameron Bargwanna and Jethro DeVries from the Narooma Plaza Cellars keeping the crowd supplied at the Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Stan Gorton

CENTURY REALTORS: Narooma Century 21 realtors Matt Dapiran and Brian Hastie at the Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Stan Gorton

CENTURY REALTORS: Narooma Century 21 realtors Matt Dapiran and Brian Hastie at the Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Stan Gorton

CHOIR LADIES: Ready to perform at the opening of the Narooma Oyster Festival are Merinda Hurren, Lynda Ord, June Hemmingsen and Heather May. Photo Stan Gorton

CHOIR LADIES: Ready to perform at the opening of the Narooma Oyster Festival are Merinda Hurren, Lynda Ord, June Hemmingsen and Heather May. Photo Stan Gorton

CHOIR BROACH: The Narooma Choir ladies wore an oyster broach made by Daiva Ceicey. Photo Stan Gorton

CHOIR BROACH: The Narooma Choir ladies wore an oyster broach made by Daiva Ceicey. Photo Stan Gorton

LIGHTHOUSE LADIES: Jan Boxsell and Gundi Mueller from the Lighthouse Surgery at the Narooma Oyster Festival.

LIGHTHOUSE LADIES: Jan Boxsell and Gundi Mueller from the Lighthouse Surgery at the Narooma Oyster Festival.

HATTED CHEF: Preparing a dish using smoked eel is “Hatted” chef Huw Jones from Zanzibar at Merimbula. He was one of four “Hatted” chefs. Photo Stan Gorton

HATTED CHEF: Preparing a dish using smoked eel is “Hatted” chef Huw Jones from Zanzibar at Merimbula. He was one of four “Hatted” chefs. Photo Stan Gorton

OYSTER MC: Tim Burke coordinates the opening and Welcome to Country at the Narooma Oyster Festival as the Moruya TAFE crew including Debbie Pakis gets ready for the cooking demos. Photo Stan Gorton

OYSTER MC: Tim Burke coordinates the opening and Welcome to Country at the Narooma Oyster Festival as the Moruya TAFE crew including Debbie Pakis gets ready for the cooking demos. Photo Stan Gorton

AWW SHUCKS: One of the heats of NSW Farmers oyster shucking contest saw Narooma oyster farmer Cheryl Colburn up against John Yiannaros (foreground), the twin brother of the eventual winner. Photo Stan Gorton

AWW SHUCKS: One of the heats of NSW Farmers oyster shucking contest saw Narooma oyster farmer Cheryl Colburn up against John Yiannaros (foreground), the twin brother of the eventual winner. Photo Stan Gorton

SHUCKERS: Silver medal winner Steven Connell competes against Nick Jean-Mairet of Kingfisher Marine and Automotive, who had never shucked before, and Pambula oyster grower Sue McIntyre at the NSW Farmers oyster shucking contest at the Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Stan Gorton

SHUCKERS: Silver medal winner Steven Connell competes against Nick Jean-Mairet of Kingfisher Marine and Automotive, who had never shucked before, and Pambula oyster grower Sue McIntyre at the NSW Farmers oyster shucking contest at the Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Stan Gorton

NAROOMA KIDS: Having at the Narooma Oyster Festival are Narooma girls Anna Rogerson, Emma Jackson and Sienna Anderson. Photo Stan Gorton

NAROOMA KIDS: Having at the Narooma Oyster Festival are Narooma girls Anna Rogerson, Emma Jackson and Sienna Anderson. Photo Stan Gorton

TIME KEEPERS: The time keepers in the NSW Farmers oyster shucking contest were Shoalhaven grower Leon Riepsamen, Janey Tham of 2AC radio in Sydney and Eurobodalla mayor Lindsay Brown. Photo Stan Gorton

TIME KEEPERS: The time keepers in the NSW Farmers oyster shucking contest were Shoalhaven grower Leon Riepsamen, Janey Tham of 2AC radio in Sydney and Eurobodalla mayor Lindsay Brown. Photo Stan Gorton

PACKED TENT: The NSW Farmers oyster shucking contest is always popular at the Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Stan Gorton

PACKED TENT: The NSW Farmers oyster shucking contest is always popular at the Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Stan Gorton

THE TROPHY: Key organiser at the Narooma Oyster Festival Cath Peachy with the coveted NSW Farmers oyster shucking trophy. Photo Stan Gorton

THE TROPHY: Key organiser at the Narooma Oyster Festival Cath Peachy with the coveted NSW Farmers oyster shucking trophy. Photo Stan Gorton

THE INLET: Packed for the Ultimate Oyster Experience at the Narooma Oyster Festival is the new-look The Inlet restaurant. Photo Stan Gorton

THE INLET: Packed for the Ultimate Oyster Experience at the Narooma Oyster Festival is the new-look The Inlet restaurant. Photo Stan Gorton

INLET CREW: Bill Taylor and his crew at The Inlet looking good for the Ultimate Oyster Experience at the Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Stan Gorton

INLET CREW: Bill Taylor and his crew at The Inlet looking good for the Ultimate Oyster Experience at the Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Stan Gorton

GOOD GROWERS: Ross and Ann Loftus from Wonboyn Lake and Ewan McAsh from the Clyde River spoke at the Ultimate Oyster Experience at the Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Stan Gorton

GOOD GROWERS: Ross and Ann Loftus from Wonboyn Lake and Ewan McAsh from the Clyde River spoke at the Ultimate Oyster Experience at the Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Stan Gorton

OYSTER LOVERS: Part-time Narooma residents Katie Staines, Melissa and Michael Johnson all of Canberra with friend and local Chris Webb at the Ultimate Oyster Experience at the Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Stan Gorton

OYSTER LOVERS: Part-time Narooma residents Katie Staines, Melissa and Michael Johnson all of Canberra with friend and local Chris Webb at the Ultimate Oyster Experience at the Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Stan Gorton

ACTEWAGL WINNERS: Narooma locals and long-time festival organisers Mark Anderson and Nigel Jackson with the winners of the ActewAGL free weekend competition John and Jane Klose of Canberra at the Ultimate Oyster Experience at the Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Stan Gorton

ACTEWAGL WINNERS: Narooma locals and long-time festival organisers Mark Anderson and Nigel Jackson with the winners of the ActewAGL free weekend competition John and Jane Klose of Canberra at the Ultimate Oyster Experience at the Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Stan Gorton

OYSTER FANS: Jock Munro, Craggs and Liz Macfie from Sydney with GP extraordinaire Jenny Wray from the Lighthouse Surgery at the Ultimate Oyster Experience at the Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Stan Gorton

OYSTER FANS: Jock Munro, Craggs and Liz Macfie from Sydney with GP extraordinaire Jenny Wray from the Lighthouse Surgery at the Ultimate Oyster Experience at the Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Stan Gorton

INLET HOSTS: Hosts at The Inlet for the Ultimate Oyster Experience are Mel Ricketson and Michelle Hunt. Photo Stan Gorton

INLET HOSTS: Hosts at The Inlet for the Ultimate Oyster Experience are Mel Ricketson and Michelle Hunt. Photo Stan Gorton

INLET HOSTS: Host at The Inlet for the Ultimate Oyster Experience Melinda Watson. Photo Stan Gorton

INLET HOSTS: Host at The Inlet for the Ultimate Oyster Experience Melinda Watson. Photo Stan Gorton

LINED UP: A selection of cooked oysters from The Inlet lined up at the Ultimate Oyster Experience at the Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Stan Gorton

LINED UP: A selection of cooked oysters from The Inlet lined up at the Ultimate Oyster Experience at the Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Stan Gorton

MEDIA MANAGERS: Kaushik and Priya Prakash and their multicultural media company Multi-connections were responsible for spreading the word about the Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Stan Gorton

MEDIA MANAGERS: Kaushik and Priya Prakash and their multicultural media company Multi-connections were responsible for spreading the word about the Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Stan Gorton

FESTIVAL ROMANCE: Narooma locals and characters Jane and Mark Rogerson share a kiss at the Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Stan Gorton

FESTIVAL ROMANCE: Narooma locals and characters Jane and Mark Rogerson share a kiss at the Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Stan Gorton

GOOD MATES: Having a fun are a couple of Canberra mates at the Oyster Oasis Lounge set up by the Ulladulla Oyster Bar at the Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Stan Gorton

GOOD MATES: Having a fun are a couple of Canberra mates at the Oyster Oasis Lounge set up by the Ulladulla Oyster Bar at the Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Stan Gorton

CANBERRA CREW: GOOD MATES: Having a fun is this Canberra crew at the Oyster Oasis Lounge set up by the Ulladulla Oyster Bar at the Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Stan Gorton

CANBERRA CREW: GOOD MATES: Having a fun is this Canberra crew at the Oyster Oasis Lounge set up by the Ulladulla Oyster Bar at the Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Stan Gorton

OYSTER OASIS: At the Oyster Oasis Lounge set up by Ewan McAsh from the Ulladulla Oyster Bar at the Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Stan Gorton

OYSTER OASIS: At the Oyster Oasis Lounge set up by Ewan McAsh from the Ulladulla Oyster Bar at the Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Stan Gorton

BAY LADIES: Justine Searson and Sonya Crawford and kids Jasmine and Chelsea all from Batemans Bay at the Oyster Oasis Lounge set up by the Ulladulla Oyster Bar at the Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Stan Gorton

BAY LADIES: Justine Searson and Sonya Crawford and kids Jasmine and Chelsea all from Batemans Bay at the Oyster Oasis Lounge set up by the Ulladulla Oyster Bar at the Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Stan Gorton

LAND REPS: Matt Rand from NSW Farmers, Simon Rowe from OceanWatch Australia, Jillian Keating from SE LLS, David Banham from NSW Farmers and Andy Myers from OceanWatch Australia at the Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Stan Gorton

LAND REPS: Matt Rand from NSW Farmers, Simon Rowe from OceanWatch Australia, Jillian Keating from SE LLS, David Banham from NSW Farmers and Andy Myers from OceanWatch Australia at the Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Stan Gorton

OYSTER CEO: Australia's Oyster Coast chief executive officer Andrew Wales speaks about getting South Coast oysters into Paris and New York by the end of next year. Photo Stan Gorton

OYSTER CEO: Australia's Oyster Coast chief executive officer Andrew Wales speaks about getting South Coast oysters into Paris and New York by the end of next year. Photo Stan Gorton

KITES HIGH: The sky above the Narooma Oyster Festival was filled with hand-made kites. Photo Stan Gorton

KITES HIGH: The sky above the Narooma Oyster Festival was filled with hand-made kites. Photo Stan Gorton

NAVY RHIB: Narooma local and Marine Rescue volunteer Rob O'Brien checks out the Navy's RHIB with Able Seaman Sarra Gill at the Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Stan Gorton

NAVY RHIB: Narooma local and Marine Rescue volunteer Rob O'Brien checks out the Navy's RHIB with Able Seaman Sarra Gill at the Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Stan Gorton

FESTIVAL WORKER: Narooma Oyster Festival committee worker Dave Moore and daughter enjoy the day. Photo Stan Gorton

FESTIVAL WORKER: Narooma Oyster Festival committee worker Dave Moore and daughter enjoy the day. Photo Stan Gorton

AT MICHAELS: Hanging out at the Michael's at Dalmeny tent at the Narooma Oyster Festival are Sammy and Abbey Dawson and Tralee Snape and workers Vanessa Donald, Tania Hextell and Aja Schofield. Photo Stan Gorton

AT MICHAELS: Hanging out at the Michael's at Dalmeny tent at the Narooma Oyster Festival are Sammy and Abbey Dawson and Tralee Snape and workers Vanessa Donald, Tania Hextell and Aja Schofield. Photo Stan Gorton

BEST COFFEE: Brewing the best local coffee at the Narooma Oyster Festival are Roxy White and Mark Coppin from Montague Coffee. Photo Stan Gorton

BEST COFFEE: Brewing the best local coffee at the Narooma Oyster Festival are Roxy White and Mark Coppin from Montague Coffee. Photo Stan Gorton

HARDCORE CARNIVORE: Andrew Gray from South East Arts and his partner check out the Hardcore Carnivore classic caravan at the Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Stan Gorton

HARDCORE CARNIVORE: Andrew Gray from South East Arts and his partner check out the Hardcore Carnivore classic caravan at the Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Stan Gorton

AOC GROWER: Shoalhaven oyster grower and Australia's Oyster Coast representative Jess Zealand helps herself to lots of oysters at the Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Stan Gorton

AOC GROWER: Shoalhaven oyster grower and Australia's Oyster Coast representative Jess Zealand helps herself to lots of oysters at the Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Stan Gorton

WEIBO FANS: Rachel Liu and Luke Lee from Sydney heard about the Narooma Oyster Festival on the Chinese micro-blogging website Sina Weibo thanks to some slick marketing this year. Photo Stan Gorton

WEIBO FANS: Rachel Liu and Luke Lee from Sydney heard about the Narooma Oyster Festival on the Chinese micro-blogging website Sina Weibo thanks to some slick marketing this year. Photo Stan Gorton

LOCAL DINERS: Orit Karny Winters and Mike Young from the Narooma chamber enjoying oysters with George Delic at the Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Stan Gorton

LOCAL DINERS: Orit Karny Winters and Mike Young from the Narooma chamber enjoying oysters with George Delic at the Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Stan Gorton

KITE LOVERS: Ben and Rachel Wulff from Campbelltown enjoy the kites at the Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Stan Gorton

KITE LOVERS: Ben and Rachel Wulff from Campbelltown enjoy the kites at the Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Stan Gorton

KITE FLYERS: Narooma's John Glover and Stella fly one of the kites at the Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Stan Gorton

KITE FLYERS: Narooma's John Glover and Stella fly one of the kites at the Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Stan Gorton

THE KITES: The kites made by Narooma Oyster Festival art director Judy Glover looked fantastic. Photo Stan Gorton

THE KITES: The kites made by Narooma Oyster Festival art director Judy Glover looked fantastic. Photo Stan Gorton

COUNCIL CREW: Eurobodalla Shire deputy mayor Neil Burnside and his wife Sally and councillor Liz Innes and her husband Spike enjoying the Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Stan Gorton

COUNCIL CREW: Eurobodalla Shire deputy mayor Neil Burnside and his wife Sally and councillor Liz Innes and her husband Spike enjoying the Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Stan Gorton

WARMING UP: Loosening up for the Narooma Oyster Festival oyster shucking contest is eventually silver medal winner Steve Connell (centre) with Daniel and Mike Leth. Photo Stan Gorton

WARMING UP: Loosening up for the Narooma Oyster Festival oyster shucking contest is eventually silver medal winner Steve Connell (centre) with Daniel and Mike Leth. Photo Stan Gorton

KITES AND DRINK: The crowd and kites at this year's Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Stan Gorton

KITES AND DRINK: The crowd and kites at this year's Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Stan Gorton

KITE BOY: Jack Klose flies a kite at the Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Stan Gorton

KITE BOY: Jack Klose flies a kite at the Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Stan Gorton

PAINTED GIRL: Lani Rogerson show off her face painting at the Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Stan Gorton

PAINTED GIRL: Lani Rogerson show off her face painting at the Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Stan Gorton

UMBRELLA TIME: Narooma locals Rose Hawke, Judy Whiting and Mark Rogerson having fun at the Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Stan Gorton

UMBRELLA TIME: Narooma locals Rose Hawke, Judy Whiting and Mark Rogerson having fun at the Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Stan Gorton

WHALE TAIL: KITE MAKERS: Showing off the Narooma Oyster Festival whale tail are Tony Pye, Richard Nipperess, Oung Niennattrakul, Vivienne Bose-Wood, arts coordinator Judy Glover, Dorothy Noble and Chris Perrott. Photo Stan Gorton

WHALE TAIL: KITE MAKERS: Showing off the Narooma Oyster Festival whale tail are Tony Pye, Richard Nipperess, Oung Niennattrakul, Vivienne Bose-Wood, arts coordinator Judy Glover, Dorothy Noble and Chris Perrott. Photo Stan Gorton

KITE MAKERS: Showing off the Narooma Oyster Festival kites are Tony Pye, Richard Nipperess, Oung Niennattrakul, Vivienne Bose-Wood, arts coordinator Judy Glover, Dorothy Noble and Chris Perrott. Photo Stan Gorton

KITE MAKERS: Showing off the Narooma Oyster Festival kites are Tony Pye, Richard Nipperess, Oung Niennattrakul, Vivienne Bose-Wood, arts coordinator Judy Glover, Dorothy Noble and Chris Perrott. Photo Stan Gorton

WINE TASTING: The ladies from Wollongong enjoyed the oysters and the wine at the Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Stan Gorton

WINE TASTING: The ladies from Wollongong enjoyed the oysters and the wine at the Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Stan Gorton

OYSTER CATCHERS: Even the rare and threatened pied oyster catchers came out in numbers at the Narooma Oyster Festival backing the AOC's environmental claims. Photo Stan Gorton

OYSTER CATCHERS: Even the rare and threatened pied oyster catchers came out in numbers at the Narooma Oyster Festival backing the AOC's environmental claims. Photo Stan Gorton

ROTARY CREW: Local Rotary crew Ange Ulrichsen, Lynda Ord, Vere and Garry Gray from Batemans Bay at the Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Stan Gorton

ROTARY CREW: Local Rotary crew Ange Ulrichsen, Lynda Ord, Vere and Garry Gray from Batemans Bay at the Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Stan Gorton

FISSE FAMILY AFTER: The Fisse family of Narooma well and truly soaked at the Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Stan Gorton

FISSE FAMILY AFTER: The Fisse family of Narooma well and truly soaked at the Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Stan Gorton

PONCHO KIDS: Wearing their rain ponchos are Sienna Anderson, Ethan Anderson, Patrick Stewart and Jarrah Seaman at the Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Stan Gorton

PONCHO KIDS: Wearing their rain ponchos are Sienna Anderson, Ethan Anderson, Patrick Stewart and Jarrah Seaman at the Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Stan Gorton

FACE PAINTING: At the ActewAGL stall at the Narooma Oyster Festival are Olivia, Georgia and Tom Ronchi of Melbourne with face painter Michele Heaton. Photo Stan Gorton

FACE PAINTING: At the ActewAGL stall at the Narooma Oyster Festival are Olivia, Georgia and Tom Ronchi of Melbourne with face painter Michele Heaton. Photo Stan Gorton

ENERGY STALL: At the ActewAGL stall at the Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Stan Gorton

ENERGY STALL: At the ActewAGL stall at the Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Stan Gorton

LOCAL BLACKSMITH: Local blacksmith Iain Hamilton from Mother Mountain Forge was a popular attraction at the Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Stan Gorton

LOCAL BLACKSMITH: Local blacksmith Iain Hamilton from Mother Mountain Forge was a popular attraction at the Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Stan Gorton

AWL STALL: The AWL branch's Lynda Ord with Swedish visitor Tove Brynteson from Umea and Rob Scholberg at the Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Stan Gorton

AWL STALL: The AWL branch's Lynda Ord with Swedish visitor Tove Brynteson from Umea and Rob Scholberg at the Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Stan Gorton

FESTIVAL WALK: Cass and Niels Bendixsen at the Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo by Stan Gorton

FESTIVAL WALK: Cass and Niels Bendixsen at the Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo by Stan Gorton

PHOTO SHOW: Heather May and Rosy Williams at the Narooma Oyster Festival photography show. Photo Stan Gorton

PHOTO SHOW: Heather May and Rosy Williams at the Narooma Oyster Festival photography show. Photo Stan Gorton

PHOTO SHOW: It was dry inside the Narooma Oyster Festival photo show inside the Narooma Sport and Game Fishing Club. Photo Stan Gorton

PHOTO SHOW: It was dry inside the Narooma Oyster Festival photo show inside the Narooma Sport and Game Fishing Club. Photo Stan Gorton

NAROOMA CREW: Some Narooma locals at the Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Stan Gorton

NAROOMA CREW: Some Narooma locals at the Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Stan Gorton

SEEKING SHELTER: Seeking shelter at The Quarterdeck at the Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Stan Gorton

SEEKING SHELTER: Seeking shelter at The Quarterdeck at the Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Stan Gorton

BOAT STAND: At the Kingfisher Marine and Automotive stand at the Narooma Oyster Festival are Sean Carroll, Nick Jean-Mairet, Colin Leechman and Hannah Jean-Mairet. Photo Stan Gorton

BOAT STAND: At the Kingfisher Marine and Automotive stand at the Narooma Oyster Festival are Sean Carroll, Nick Jean-Mairet, Colin Leechman and Hannah Jean-Mairet. Photo Stan Gorton

QUITE BUSY: The crowd looked quite good at the peak of the Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Stan Gorton

QUITE BUSY: The crowd looked quite good at the peak of the Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Stan Gorton

MILO CLOWN: Milo the clown having fun with fifth generation Batemans Bay oyster farmer John Ralston. Photo Stan Gorton

MILO CLOWN: Milo the clown having fun with fifth generation Batemans Bay oyster farmer John Ralston. Photo Stan Gorton

MILO CLOWN: Milo the clown having fun with fifth generation Batemans Bay oyster farmer John Ralston. Photo Stan Gorton

MILO CLOWN: Milo the clown having fun with fifth generation Batemans Bay oyster farmer John Ralston. Photo Stan Gorton

MILO CLOWN: Milo the clown having fun with fifth generation Batemans Bay oyster farmer John Ralston. Photo Stan Gorton

MILO CLOWN: Milo the clown having fun with fifth generation Batemans Bay oyster farmer John Ralston. Photo Stan Gorton

LOCAL OYSTERS: Narooma oyster farmer David Maidment and Beth Connor from The Whale at one of the local oyster stalls at the Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Stan Gorton

LOCAL OYSTERS: Narooma oyster farmer David Maidment and Beth Connor from The Whale at one of the local oyster stalls at the Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Stan Gorton

MUSIC: The Sydney-based soul band Johnny G & the E-Types was a huge hit and a great end to the fair. Photo by Toby Whitelaw

MUSIC: The Sydney-based soul band Johnny G & the E-Types was a huge hit and a great end to the fair. Photo by Toby Whitelaw

MUSIC: The Sydney-based soul band Johnny G & the E-Types was a huge hit and a great end to the fair. Photo by Toby Whitelaw

MUSIC: The Sydney-based soul band Johnny G & the E-Types was a huge hit and a great end to the fair. Photo by Toby Whitelaw

MUSIC: The Sydney-based soul band Johnny G & the E-Types was a huge hit and a great end to the fair. Photo by Toby Whitelaw

MUSIC: The Sydney-based soul band Johnny G & the E-Types was a huge hit and a great end to the fair. Photo by Toby Whitelaw

MUSIC: The Sydney-based soul band Johnny G & the E-Types was a huge hit and a great end to the fair. Photo by Toby Whitelaw

MUSIC: The Sydney-based soul band Johnny G & the E-Types was a huge hit and a great end to the fair. Photo by Toby Whitelaw

LOCAL MUSICIAN: Local musicians including Sam Sly performed at this year's Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo by Toby Whitelaw

LOCAL MUSICIAN: Local musicians including Sam Sly performed at this year's Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo by Toby Whitelaw

WINNER: The Narooma Oyster Festival NSW Farmers Oyster Shucking Competition was won by Batemans Bay oyster farmer Jim Yiannaros, for the second year running.
Silver medal winner was Steven Connell (left). Photo Toby Whitelaw.

WINNER: The Narooma Oyster Festival NSW Farmers Oyster Shucking Competition was won by Batemans Bay oyster farmer Jim Yiannaros, for the second year running. Silver medal winner was Steven Connell (left). Photo Toby Whitelaw.

WINNER: The Narooma Oyster Festival NSW Farmers Oyster Shucking Competition was won by Batemans Bay oyster farmer Jim Yiannaros (far end), for the second year running. Silver medal winner was Steven Connell (middle). Photo Toby Whitelaw.

WINNER: The Narooma Oyster Festival NSW Farmers Oyster Shucking Competition was won by Batemans Bay oyster farmer Jim Yiannaros (far end), for the second year running. Silver medal winner was Steven Connell (middle). Photo Toby Whitelaw.

WINNER: The Narooma Oyster Festival Oyster NSW Farmers Shucking Competition was won by Batemans Bay oyster farmer Jim Yiannaros (far end), for the second year running. Silver medal winner was Steven Connell (middle). Photo Toby Whitelaw.

WINNER: The Narooma Oyster Festival Oyster NSW Farmers Shucking Competition was won by Batemans Bay oyster farmer Jim Yiannaros (far end), for the second year running. Silver medal winner was Steven Connell (middle). Photo Toby Whitelaw.

OYSTER TRAIL: At Saturday’s launch of the Australia’s Oyster Coast “Oyster Trail” at the Narooma Oyster Festival - AOC executive officer Andrew Wales, AOC president Ben Ralston of Batemans Bay, oyster farmer Jess Zealand of Shoalhaven Heads and NSW Minister for Finance and Services and Member for Bega Andrew Constance. Photo Toby Whitelaw

OYSTER TRAIL: At Saturday’s launch of the Australia’s Oyster Coast “Oyster Trail” at the Narooma Oyster Festival - AOC executive officer Andrew Wales, AOC president Ben Ralston of Batemans Bay, oyster farmer Jess Zealand of Shoalhaven Heads and NSW Minister for Finance and Services and Member for Bega Andrew Constance. Photo Toby Whitelaw

OYSTER TRAIL: At Saturday’s launch of the Australia’s Oyster Coast “Oyster Trail” at the Narooma Oyster Festival - AOC executive officer Andrew Wales and NSW Minister for Finance and Services and Member for Bega Andrew Constance. Photo by Toby Whitelaw

OYSTER TRAIL: At Saturday’s launch of the Australia’s Oyster Coast “Oyster Trail” at the Narooma Oyster Festival - AOC executive officer Andrew Wales and NSW Minister for Finance and Services and Member for Bega Andrew Constance. Photo by Toby Whitelaw

RAINY DAY: Crowds at the 2014 Narooma Oyster Festival were down but were still good. Photo Toby Whitelaw

RAINY DAY: Crowds at the 2014 Narooma Oyster Festival were down but were still good. Photo Toby Whitelaw

PHOTO SHOW: Photographer Heide Smith's photo exhibit, including this photo featured on the front page last week. Photo Toby Whitelaw

PHOTO SHOW: Photographer Heide Smith's photo exhibit, including this photo featured on the front page last week. Photo Toby Whitelaw

HATTED CHEFS: Dave Campbell of the Wharf Rd Restaurant, Nowra was one of four "Hatted" chefs to appear at the 2014 Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Toby Whitelaw

HATTED CHEFS: Dave Campbell of the Wharf Rd Restaurant, Nowra was one of four "Hatted" chefs to appear at the 2014 Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Toby Whitelaw

HATTED CHEFS: Josh Tyler of Tyler's Pantry, Mogo was one of four "Hatted" chefs to appear at the 2014 Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Toby Whitelaw

HATTED CHEFS: Josh Tyler of Tyler's Pantry, Mogo was one of four "Hatted" chefs to appear at the 2014 Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Toby Whitelaw

MILO THE CLOWN: Milo the clown had lots of fun with the crowd at the Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Toby Whitelaw

MILO THE CLOWN: Milo the clown had lots of fun with the crowd at the Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Toby Whitelaw

MILO THE CLOWN: Milo the clown had lots of fun with the crowd at the Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Toby Whitelaw

MILO THE CLOWN: Milo the clown had lots of fun with the crowd at the Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Toby Whitelaw

COLOURFUL CLOWN: Patrick the clown was a colourful fixture on a grey day at the 2014 Narooma Oyster Festival, Photo Toby Whitelaw

COLOURFUL CLOWN: Patrick the clown was a colourful fixture on a grey day at the 2014 Narooma Oyster Festival, Photo Toby Whitelaw

DJAADJAWAAN DANCERS: The Djaadjawan Dancers of Narooma doing a great job at opening of the Narooma Oyster Festival... Photo Toby Whitlaw

DJAADJAWAAN DANCERS: The Djaadjawan Dancers of Narooma doing a great job at opening of the Narooma Oyster Festival... Photo Toby Whitlaw

GULAGA DANCERS: The boys from the Gulaga Dancers based at Wallaga Lake and led by Warren Foster open the 2014 Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Toby Whitelaw

GULAGA DANCERS: The boys from the Gulaga Dancers based at Wallaga Lake and led by Warren Foster open the 2014 Narooma Oyster Festival. Photo Toby Whitelaw

COLOURFUL CLOWN: Patrick the clown was a colourful fixture on a grey day at the 2014 Narooma Oyster Festival, Photo Toby Whitelaw

COLOURFUL CLOWN: Patrick the clown was a colourful fixture on a grey day at the 2014 Narooma Oyster Festival, Photo Toby Whitelaw

OYSTER PHOTOS: Oyster farmers Angela and Leon Riepsamen of Shoalhaven in front of the photo taken by Heide Smith of both of them on  their oyster farm. Photo by Rosy Williams

OYSTER PHOTOS: Oyster farmers Angela and Leon Riepsamen of Shoalhaven in front of the photo taken by Heide Smith of both of them on their oyster farm. Photo by Rosy Williams

WINNER: Winner of the AWL seafood Treasure Chest raffle was Ben Potter.  Luckily his mum, Donna and other friends and family were on hand to collect Ben’s prize for him. Photo by Rosy Williams

WINNER: Winner of the AWL seafood Treasure Chest raffle was Ben Potter. Luckily his mum, Donna and other friends and family were on hand to collect Ben’s prize for him. Photo by Rosy Williams

AWL DRAW: Animal Welfare League volunteers Karen Foster and Daiva Ceicys draw out the winning raffle ticket for the Seafood Treasure Chest. Funds raised help to re-home animals. The winner was Ben Potter of Narooma. Photo by Rosy Williams

AWL DRAW: Animal Welfare League volunteers Karen Foster and Daiva Ceicys draw out the winning raffle ticket for the Seafood Treasure Chest. Funds raised help to re-home animals. The winner was Ben Potter of Narooma. Photo by Rosy Williams

KITE PHOTO: Jack the kite flyer meets Narooma News editor Stan Gorton and his camera. Photo by Rosy Williams

KITE PHOTO: Jack the kite flyer meets Narooma News editor Stan Gorton and his camera. Photo by Rosy Williams

KITE PHOTO: Jack the kite flyer meets Narooma News editor Stan Gorton and his camera. Photo by Rosy Williams

KITE PHOTO: Jack the kite flyer meets Narooma News editor Stan Gorton and his camera. Photo by Rosy Williams

KITE MASTER: Chris Perrott masters the art of kite flying in tricky conditions...gum boots needed! Photo by Rosy Williams

KITE MASTER: Chris Perrott masters the art of kite flying in tricky conditions...gum boots needed! Photo by Rosy Williams

100 KITES: About 100 kites were made by local kids and seven clubs from Narooma including this one promoting community....Together We Soar. Photo by Rosy Williams

100 KITES: About 100 kites were made by local kids and seven clubs from Narooma including this one promoting community....Together We Soar. Photo by Rosy Williams

COLOURFUL KITES: One of the colourful kites created as part of an NSW Government arts project run by local volunteers. Photo by Rosy Williams

COLOURFUL KITES: One of the colourful kites created as part of an NSW Government arts project run by local volunteers. Photo by Rosy Williams

KITER: Volunteer Tony Pye skilfully nurses his kite into rainy skies on Wagonga. Photo by Rosy Williams

KITER: Volunteer Tony Pye skilfully nurses his kite into rainy skies on Wagonga. Photo by Rosy Williams

WHALE TAIL: Beach kite flying in gusty rain was tricky but enjoyable for those who gave it a go.  The Whale Tail wire sculpture was decorated by High school students with flotsam collected from local beaches. Photo by Rosy Williams

WHALE TAIL: Beach kite flying in gusty rain was tricky but enjoyable for those who gave it a go. The Whale Tail wire sculpture was decorated by High school students with flotsam collected from local beaches. Photo by Rosy Williams

DISPLAY BOARD: Display board of project activities,  many of which included local school children. Photo by Rosy Williams

DISPLAY BOARD: Display board of project activities, many of which included local school children. Photo by Rosy Williams

SERPENT KITES: One of two serpent shaped kites made by local volunteers is readied for flight by Richard Nipperess and Oung Niennattrakul. Seven local community clubs also made kites to fly. Photo by Rosy Williams

SERPENT KITES: One of two serpent shaped kites made by local volunteers is readied for flight by Richard Nipperess and Oung Niennattrakul. Seven local community clubs also made kites to fly. Photo by Rosy Williams

TESTING WINDS: Volunteers in the Country Arts Support Program test the wind for kites for the community project “Wind and water on the Wagonga”.   From left,   Chris Perrott, Dorothy Noble, and team leader Judy Glover. Photo by Rosy Williams

TESTING WINDS: Volunteers in the Country Arts Support Program test the wind for kites for the community project “Wind and water on the Wagonga”. From left, Chris Perrott, Dorothy Noble, and team leader Judy Glover. Photo by Rosy Williams

SMILES Smiles despite the rain were a big part of the successful festival – Narooma News editor Stan Gorton and Tony Pye braving the rain to view the kite project on Wagonga Inlet.  Photo by Rosy Williams

SMILES Smiles despite the rain were a big part of the successful festival – Narooma News editor Stan Gorton and Tony Pye braving the rain to view the kite project on Wagonga Inlet. Photo by Rosy Williams

ADMIRERS: Despite the rain, there were many admirers of the kites made by seven local clubs and high school and primary students. Photo by Rosy Williams

ADMIRERS: Despite the rain, there were many admirers of the kites made by seven local clubs and high school and primary students. Photo by Rosy Williams

VOLUNTEERS: Among Narooma locals happily volunteering at events were, from left; Sue Samson, Steve Hutchison and Susan Pryke. Photo by Rosy Williams

VOLUNTEERS: Among Narooma locals happily volunteering at events were, from left; Sue Samson, Steve Hutchison and Susan Pryke. Photo by Rosy Williams

VOLUNTEERS: Volunteers for the NSW Country Arts Support Program enjoyed a break from their kite project and dried off inside the Heide Smith Photographic exhibition....from left;  Oung Niennattrakul, Vivienne Bowe Wood,  Judy Glover, Dorothy Noble, and in front, Chris Perrott. Photo by Rosy Williams

VOLUNTEERS: Volunteers for the NSW Country Arts Support Program enjoyed a break from their kite project and dried off inside the Heide Smith Photographic exhibition....from left; Oung Niennattrakul, Vivienne Bowe Wood, Judy Glover, Dorothy Noble, and in front, Chris Perrott. Photo by Rosy Williams

SERPENT KITES: Two large serpent kites were decorated by 12 local volunteers over several working bees. Photo by Rosy Williams

SERPENT KITES: Two large serpent kites were decorated by 12 local volunteers over several working bees. Photo by Rosy Williams

UMBRELLAS: Umbrellas were often needed to view the kite flying. Photo by Rosy Williams

UMBRELLAS: Umbrellas were often needed to view the kite flying. Photo by Rosy Williams

WHALE TASTES: Bernard Tai of Alexandria in Sydney, Guy Bower of Malua Bay and Brad Johnson of Sydney enjoyed Saturday's Tastes of the South Coast dinner at The Whale. Photo Laurelle Pacey

WHALE TASTES: Bernard Tai of Alexandria in Sydney, Guy Bower of Malua Bay and Brad Johnson of Sydney enjoyed Saturday's Tastes of the South Coast dinner at The Whale. Photo Laurelle Pacey

WHALE TASTES: Down from Sydney especially for Narooma Oyster Festival and enjoying Saturday's Tastes of the South Coast dinner at The Whale Jason Li, Aaron Yeung, Winnie Chen and Cindy Liu. Photo Laurelle Pacey

WHALE TASTES: Down from Sydney especially for Narooma Oyster Festival and enjoying Saturday's Tastes of the South Coast dinner at The Whale Jason Li, Aaron Yeung, Winnie Chen and Cindy Liu. Photo Laurelle Pacey

WHALE TASTES: Bernard Tai of Alexandria in Sydney, Guy Bower of Malua Bay and Brad Johnson of Sydney enjoyed Saturday's Tastes of the South Coast dinner at The Whale. Photo Laurelle Pacey

WHALE TASTES: Bernard Tai of Alexandria in Sydney, Guy Bower of Malua Bay and Brad Johnson of Sydney enjoyed Saturday's Tastes of the South Coast dinner at The Whale. Photo Laurelle Pacey

WHALE TASTES: In the kitchen after the Whale's delicious Tastes of the South Coast dinner on Saturday night, part of Narooma Oyster Festival,  waitress Beth Connor, front left, chef Sarah Williams, head chef Matt Hoare, with Matt and Jen Deveson. Photo Laurelle Pacey

WHALE TASTES: In the kitchen after the Whale's delicious Tastes of the South Coast dinner on Saturday night, part of Narooma Oyster Festival, waitress Beth Connor, front left, chef Sarah Williams, head chef Matt Hoare, with Matt and Jen Deveson. Photo Laurelle Pacey

DINNER DUDES: Committee members Chris Spurgeon and Chris Westoll had a great time at the Narooma Oyster Festival dinner at the Narooma Golf Club on Saturday night. Photo Stan Gorton

DINNER DUDES: Committee members Chris Spurgeon and Chris Westoll had a great time at the Narooma Oyster Festival dinner at the Narooma Golf Club on Saturday night. Photo Stan Gorton

CANBERRA VISITORS: Canberra visitors (front) Pam and John Stone with John being the birthday boy, Glyn Lllynwarn, Lisa Pata; (back) Mark Goyle, Alice Dillon and Susan Coyle at the Narooma Oyster Festival dinner at the Narooma Golf Club on Saturday night. Photo Stan Gorton

CANBERRA VISITORS: Canberra visitors (front) Pam and John Stone with John being the birthday boy, Glyn Lllynwarn, Lisa Pata; (back) Mark Goyle, Alice Dillon and Susan Coyle at the Narooma Oyster Festival dinner at the Narooma Golf Club on Saturday night. Photo Stan Gorton

BIG TABLE: Narooma locals Paul Dixon, Adrian Fisse, Chris Spurgeon, Karen and Andrew Duggan with visitors Laura McLennan and Michelle Lam from the Chinese language New Land Magazine and her kids Kingsley and Angela at the Narooma Oyster Festival dinner at the Narooma Golf Club on Saturday night. Photo Stan Gorton

BIG TABLE: Narooma locals Paul Dixon, Adrian Fisse, Chris Spurgeon, Karen and Andrew Duggan with visitors Laura McLennan and Michelle Lam from the Chinese language New Land Magazine and her kids Kingsley and Angela at the Narooma Oyster Festival dinner at the Narooma Golf Club on Saturday night. Photo Stan Gorton

BEGA GIRLS: Bega girls and workers at the Priceline pharmacy Stacey Letton, Manda Biennand, Bron Jones and Angela Jones travelled up for the Narooma Oyster Festival dinner at the Narooma Golf Club on Saturday night. Photo Stan Gorton

BEGA GIRLS: Bega girls and workers at the Priceline pharmacy Stacey Letton, Manda Biennand, Bron Jones and Angela Jones travelled up for the Narooma Oyster Festival dinner at the Narooma Golf Club on Saturday night. Photo Stan Gorton

1000 SHUCKED: The Ralston brothers Ben and John and their professional French shucker still at it at the Narooma Oyster Festival dinner at the Narooma Golf Club on Saturday night after almost 10 hours and over a thousand oysters. Photo Stan Gorton

1000 SHUCKED: The Ralston brothers Ben and John and their professional French shucker still at it at the Narooma Oyster Festival dinner at the Narooma Golf Club on Saturday night after almost 10 hours and over a thousand oysters. Photo Stan Gorton

NAROOMA CREW: Bill and Ann Durnan and Chris Hendra at the Narooma Oyster Festival dinner at the Narooma Golf Club on Saturday night. Photo Stan Gorton

NAROOMA CREW: Bill and Ann Durnan and Chris Hendra at the Narooma Oyster Festival dinner at the Narooma Golf Club on Saturday night. Photo Stan Gorton

MALUMBA ROCKS: Mr E and Malumba rock at the Narooma Oyster Festival dinner at the Narooma Golf Club on Saturday night. Photo Stan Gorton

MALUMBA ROCKS: Mr E and Malumba rock at the Narooma Oyster Festival dinner at the Narooma Golf Club on Saturday night. Photo Stan Gorton

HAPPY LOCALS: Kevin Cullen, Pam Grant and Geoff Lanham at the Narooma Oyster Festival dinner at the Narooma Golf Club on Saturday night. Photo Stan Gorton

HAPPY LOCALS: Kevin Cullen, Pam Grant and Geoff Lanham at the Narooma Oyster Festival dinner at the Narooma Golf Club on Saturday night. Photo Stan Gorton

GIRLS IN RED: Looking fantastic in red are Narooma chamber president Orit Karny Winters with Louisa Bonner from Bingie at the Narooma Oyster Festival dinner at the Narooma Golf Club on Saturday night. Photo Stan Gorton

GIRLS IN RED: Looking fantastic in red are Narooma chamber president Orit Karny Winters with Louisa Bonner from Bingie at the Narooma Oyster Festival dinner at the Narooma Golf Club on Saturday night. Photo Stan Gorton

FLYING START: Pilot Tim Gilbo and Nutsy Fairweather who are stating the South Coast Seaplanes flight-seeing tours in Moruya are pictured with Eurobodalla economic development officer Sarah Cooper at the Narooma Oyster Festival dinner at the Narooma Golf Club on Saturday night. Photo Stan Gorton

FLYING START: Pilot Tim Gilbo and Nutsy Fairweather who are stating the South Coast Seaplanes flight-seeing tours in Moruya are pictured with Eurobodalla economic development officer Sarah Cooper at the Narooma Oyster Festival dinner at the Narooma Golf Club on Saturday night. Photo Stan Gorton

FAR WIDE: Paul Masterson, Barrine Ingram, Esmarie Ingram and James Emmerson from Sydney and Anita and Steve Barker from Perth at the Narooma Oyster Festival dinner at the Narooma Golf Club on Saturday night. Photo Stan Gorton

FAR WIDE: Paul Masterson, Barrine Ingram, Esmarie Ingram and James Emmerson from Sydney and Anita and Steve Barker from Perth at the Narooma Oyster Festival dinner at the Narooma Golf Club on Saturday night. Photo Stan Gorton

VISITORS came to Narooma from as far as Perth and Brisbane specifically for the weekend’s Narooma Oyster Festival having a great time despite the rain.

True oyster lovers and hardy locals braved a very rainy Saturday to enjoy this year's festival.

“While numbers overall were down at Saturday’s Fair, there was still a good crowd many of whom were visiting Narooma for the first time,” festival spokesperson Cath Peachey said.

“They all went with the flow.”

She said it was remarkable Narooma still managed to still stage such a great festival under the most difficult of weather conditions.

“That was due to a great team of volunteers and everyone being flexible and working together with good humour to ensure it all worked well.”

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.

The festival also saw the launch of the Australia’s Oyster Coast (AOC) “Oyster Trail” that covers the eight AOC estuaries from the Shoalhaven to Wonboyn south of Eden.

There was an influx of Chinese visitors at this year’s festival, particularly from Sydney, largely due to a concerted marketing campaign by festival organisers in the Sydney-based Chinese media.

Heavy rain in the lead-up to the festival frustrated this year’s plans to have oysters from all eight oyster-producing estuaries in Australia’s Oyster Coast (AOC) at the festival, but there were still plenty of oysters available on the day.

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.

“The new AOC oyster bar precinct with stalls representing the different estuaries was a big hit with both oyster farmers and festival goers,” Ms Peachey said.

Every event attracted favourable comments, from the cooking demonstrations by the region’s three “Hatted” chefs, the Ultimate Oyster Experience hosted this year by The Inlet, to the hotly contested oyster shucking competition, the “Faces of Australia’s Oyster Coast – a photographic exhibition by Heide Smith”, the local art and photographic exhibition, and the great live music.

The NSW Farmers Oyster Shucking Competition was won by Batemans Bay oyster farmer Jim Yiannaros, for the second year running.

Silver medal winner was Steven Connell, also of  Batemans Bay and the Bronze was won by Greg Carton of Broadwater Oysters, Pambula.

The Sydney-based soul band Johnny G & the E-Types was a huge hit and a great end to the Fair.

A highlight was the launch of the AOC “Oyster Trail”, while Saturday night’s oyster festival dinner that packed out the Bluewater Room at the Narooma Golf Club was outstanding, as was the Tastes of the South Coast dinner by The Whale motel and restaurant.

Sunday’s AOC Oyster Coast Ambrose Classic at Narooma Golf Club was also booked to capacity with 80 golfers taking to the course in much drier conditions.

Narooma Chamber of Commerce treasurer Paul Dixon said he was happy with the festival’s financial results considering this year’s frustrating weather conditions.

AOC launches its innovative Oyster Trail

AUSTRALIA'S first oyster-based food trail was launched at the Narooma Oyster Festival on Saturday making its easier for food lovers to explore the estuary delights of the NSW South Coast.

“This is a fantastic initiative by the South Coast oyster industry, which will ultimately generate significant economic benefits for the whole region,” said NSW Minister for Finance and Services and Member for Bega Andrew Constance at the launch.

The Australia's Oyster Coast “Oyster Trail” shows visitors where they can experience the region's oyster industry first-hand from the Shoalhaven River to the Victorian border.

“Our oyster farmers have the world's best environmental management systems in place and produce world-class oysters,” said Australia’s Oyster Coast (AOC) executive officer Andrew Wales.

“We know this but the world doesn’t. We’re putting this part of the world and its oysters on the map by promoting them through oyster tourism and by developing Australia’s Oyster Coast as an internationally recognised and prestigious brand.”

AOC is an association of the region’s leading oyster farmers working to ensure the South Coast oyster industry is the most environmentally sustainable in the world.

“The Oyster Trail promotes South Coast NSW as a unique food destination and identifies where people can buy fresh local oysters, go on estuary tours, visit oyster sheds and eat at AOC associated restaurants,” Mr Wales said.

Australia's Oyster Coast developed the trail in partnership with Eurobodalla and Bega Valley shire councils and Shoalhaven Tourism.

Official stops are identified with the AOC Oyster Trail logo and there will be signage at the destinations.

Visitors will be able to download a smart phone and tablet app to follow the trail on the road and they can plan their journey on a dedicated website at www.oystercoast.com.au

The association plans to include other food providers, wineries and the best accommodation along the trail, as well as partner organisations.

Narooma Oyster Festival has formed a strategic partnership with AOC to deliver an annual celebration of the region's oyster industry.

“We're proud to support Australia's Oyster Coast as it moves to attract more visitors to our region,” festival spokesperson Cath Peachey said.

“Our region has stunning natural assets and, through the growing reputation of events like Narooma Oyster Festival, it makes sense that oysters and tourism can help drive greater economic development in the region.”