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Free Friday family concert opens Oyster Festival

Narooma’s Oyster Festival launches with a bang on Friday afternoon 4 May with a free family concert, an extraordinary freestyle motocross display and fantastic fireworks, all making a great warm up to the big day on Saturday.

‘Friday night will be quite a spectacle,’ said the Festival’s Friday organiser Michael Gardner. ‘It’s grown so much thanks to fantastic local support.

‘The live music featuring the Steve Edmonds Band plus the fireworks are largely sponsored by Club Narooma, and an exciting addition this year is the FMX Showtime motorbike stunt crew, courtesy of Betta Home Living.

‘So get there early with your friends and family, bring a picnic or buy food from the local food stalls, get comfy and enjoy the free entertainment.’

The action starts along from the festival site Quota Park at 4.30pm with the first 20-minute show by what is widely regarded as the most spectacular and experienced freestyle motocross team in Australia. Their second and final show is at 6.

In between local musicians will play at Quota Park.

‘The awesome Steve Edmonds Band blends Blues, Rock, Soul and Roots style; they’ll then play until the fireworks at 8,’ Mr Gardner said.

‘Victoria Fleming of Mosaic Fire Pyrotechnics of Mogo did such a fantastic show over the water last year we’ve invited her back.’

Friday’s food stalls are the Oyster Bar, Anton’s seafood, Riverside pizzas, Tilba P & C tacos, Narooma Rotary’s barbecue, the Ice Creamery’s ice creams, local coffee vans and Narooma Public P & C cakes and glow sticks. Narooma Chamber of Commerce instigated the Oyster Festival as a signature experience to attract people from outside the region. It showcases oysters from eight estuaries on the south coast, one of the world’s most environmentally sustainable oyster growing regions, as well as other local produce and the area’s many features.

Saturday’s programme (10-4pm) includes the celebrity chefs’ cooking demonstrations, the Ultimate Oyster Experience, the oyster shucking competition as well as many stalls showcasing local produce especially oysters.

This year live music will continue on Saturday to 6pm, as will the bar and Oyster Bar.

For more information, please check the Festival webpage and Facebook.

Early bird tickets for Saturday’s Festival are available from Club Narooma.

Above: Narooma Oyster Festival’s free Friday evening’s entertainment features the Steve Edmonds Band, the FMX Showtime motorbike stunt crew and a spectacular fireworks display.

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