Narooma Oyster Festival 2017 opening night | Photos, video

The 2017 Narooma Oyster Festival kicked off on Friday night with a big crowd enjoying rocking tunes and fireworks on the inlet foreshore.

Meanwhile up at the Whale Motel, chefs, oyster industry representatives and festival sponsors mingled at the cocktail party.

The festival venue on Riverside Drive on the shores of Wagonga Inlet had a great atmosphere and the band 19 Twenty had young and old up and dancing.

There was a great atmosphere with food and glow sticks and a crowd of about 1000, but the highlight were the fireworks by Mosaic Fire Pyrotechnics launched from an oyster punt at Shelly Point out on Forsters Bay.

Meanwhile, festival sponsors mingled with the chefs making appearances at Saturday’s event, together with oyster industry players and local, State and Federal government representatives.

Earlier on Friday afternoon, a group of Sydney food writers and tourism officials were flown into Narooma on on local identity and Glasshouse Rocks farm owner Justin Hemmes’ seaplane.

Pilot Jon Davies of the Merivale Group said along the way he landed on the Shoalhaven River to pick up chef Dave Campbell of the Wharf Road restaurant in Nowra, who brought with him some local sparkling wine and a taster box of three different oysters.

The 12-seater Cessna Caravan then overflew the Coolangatta Estate where the wine was from as well as flying over the oyster leases on the Shoalhaven, Greenwell Point and Clyde River, so the passengers could see where the produce they were tasting came from.

The Narooma Oyster Festival runs from 10am to 4pm Saturday on Riverside Drive, Narooma. Go to www.naroomaoysterfestival.com for the full schedule of events.