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Narooma Oyster Festival counts down

Plans for Narooma Oyster Festival on Saturday 5 May are well advanced and have built on the success and feedback from last year.

‘We had absolutely fantastic feedback from visitors and industry leaders, as well as from our community,’ said Narooma Chamber of Commerce President Niels Bendixsen.

‘Saturday’s Oyster Alley will be bigger and better than ever with oysters from the eight estuaries in Australia’s Oyster Coast expected to be represented.

‘We’ve grown the Ultimate Oyster Experience through popular demand and tickets are selling fast online.

‘The cooking program will feature a who’s who of NSW’s best seafood chefs alongside outstanding regional NSW and south coast chefs.

‘New features include a longer music programme until 6pm, an expanded indigenous cultural program including fire pit cooking of traditional bush tucker supported by the Festival’s new partnership with the Katungul Aboriginal Corporation, and ‘Farm Yarns’ which is an intimate meet the producer event.

Mr Bendixsen said the success of the Festival also depends on sponsors and lots of volunteers.

Anyone interested in a sponsorship package should contact Jess Loudoun ( while those interested in volunteering to help out on the day should visit the website

‘Impact Exhibitions and Events will again organise site infrastructure and entertainment which takes an enormous load off the Festival committee,’ he said.

A free family concert on the Friday night will again launch the Festival with great music, a motocross demonstration and ‘a stellar fireworks display’.

Narooma Chamber of Commerce instigated the Oyster Festival as the town’s key marketing event of the year. It aims to attract visitors to our region at a traditionally slow time and showcase Narooma as both a destination and a place to live.

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Above: On the Oyster Festival site last Wednesday, committee members Cath Peachey, left, Michael Gardner (with daughter Alyse), Adrian Fisse and Niels Bendixsen map out the Festival site with Patrick O’Reilly of Impact Exhibitions & Events for this year’s Festival on 5 May.

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