MANY are asking about the date for next year’s Narooma Oyster Festival but festival spokesperson Cath Peachey said it is too early to say.
“Narooma Chamber of Commerce will determine next year’s date after considering feedback about this year’s festival from the festival committee and the community as well as consultation with major stakeholders, visitors, stallholders and the local business community,” Ms Peachey said.
“This year saw some great successes despite the rain, especially the new Australia’s Oyster Coast ‘Oyster Precinct’ where each estuary had its own stall and people bought oysters directly from the farmers.
“It was a big success both for farmers and visitors.
“The extensive marketing we did also means that brand ‘Narooma’ has probably never been stronger. The oyster festival is really succeeding at helping put Narooma on the map as a destination.”
The winner of Betta Electrical’s lucky gate draw at Narooma Oyster Festival was Dr Gudrun Muller Grotjan. She won a 60 inch Sharp LED/LCD television.
Betta Electrical’s Werner Gross said Gudrun was in the crowd at the festival’s fantastic concert late Saturday afternoon by Johnny G & the E-Types.
“Hers was the first ticket drawn,” he said. “We were delighted a local won it, especially someone so involved with the community.”
Another lucky draw associated with the festival took place last week, a draw of all visitors surveyed at the festival’s Saturday Fair by Vonnie Hutcheson and her volunteer team.
The winner is Clare McArthur of Canberra who has won a family day trip to Montague Island with Island Charters Narooma.
“Clare has never been to Montague Island before so she was very excited to win this prize,” Ms Peachey said.
Plaza Cellars supports Narooma Oyster Festival
PLAZA Cellars has donated all the proceeds from its beer and wine bar at Narooma Oyster Festival to Narooma Chamber of Commerce.
The chamber has overall financial responsibility for the festival.
Plaza Cellars manager Jethro De Vries negotiated festival sponsorship with Treasury Wine and Carlton United Brewery and was also responsible for licensing and staffing the festival’s bar.
“We put a lot of effort into lifting the profile and now have lots of ideas for next year’s Festival,” Jethro said.
“I’m looking forward to working with the chamber team at next year’s festival.’
Festival spokesperson Cath Peachey said Plaza Cellars’ new look bar with wine tastings was “fantastic” and perfectly complemented the adjoining Australia's Oyster Coast “Oyster Bar precinct”.
“It brought a new level of professionalism to the site,” she said.
Narooma Chamber spokesperson Paul Dixon thanked Plaza Cellars, adding “the chamber relies heavily on their support and expertise at the festival.”