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Narooma Oyster Festival Puts South Coast Oysters And Produce On The Map

The award-winning Narooma Oyster Festival is back on 30 April and 1 May 2021 with a top line-up of chefs, oyster farmers and producers that puts the quaint seaside town of Narooma on the map as a serious food destination. Attracting thousands each year, this destination food event is held in the stunning surrounds of Wagonga Inlet, Narooma. It celebrates South Coast NSW oysters and the region’s natural quality produce, chefs, and rich artistic and cultural talents. The Festival’s Cooking Program is a highlight this year celebrating the relationship between producer and chef, matching local producers with some of the country’s most respected chefs including Sean Connolly from The Morrison Bar & Oyster Room in Sydney, The Balcony Bar and Oyster Co. in Byron Bay, The Wild Flower Bar & Dining in Killcare, Sean’s Kitchen in Adelaide and more. More headline chefs will be announced this month. “The Festival is going from strength to strength,” said Cath Peachey, Chair of Narooma Rocks, the not-for-profit company that delivers the annual Narooma Oyster Festival. “It’s incredibly exciting to be able to attract chefs with an international profile like Sean and confirms that the Festival has come a long way from the small community-run oyster festival it was a decade ago. The Long Table Dinner on the Friday night sold out in 3 minutes, so we have organised a second dinner to keep up with demand,” said Ms Peachey. The Narooma Oyster Festival is bouncing back from Covid-19 effectively shutting it down last year with a bigger, better Program that offers festival visitors the chance to taste oysters form 6 local estuaries and indulge in regional wines, craft beer and produce from the huge variety of food stalls while enjoying live music. Festival favourites like the shucking competition, oyster masterclasses and fireworks show are back. A new addition to the Program is a collaboration with River of Art, the region’s other hallmark event, to grow the Festival’s art precinct. Ms Peachey said visitors can expect live painting of murals, cultural dancing and an Arts Alley surpassing what has been offered in the past. South Coast chef, author and TV presenter turned oyster Paul West is back on board as Festival Ambassador alongside industry great Kelly Eastwood who hosts the cooking demonstrations and seafood royalty John Susman who will oversee the Ultimate Appellation Oyster Experience and judge the shucking competition. To meet COVID-19 requirements and streamline entry, all tickets must be pre-purchased online at and visitors are being advised to plan ahead as the event is moving to being cashless and there are a few other changes that ticket holders will be notified of.

Above: Executive Chef Sean Connolly will be conducting cooking demonstrations on stage at Narooma Oyster Festival! Visitors to the festival will recognise Sean from his regular stints on Aussie TV. Foodies know that Sean is an absolute industry legend and one of Australia and New Zealand's most respected chefs with a long list of accolades including multiple Chef's Hats, Chef of the Year, and Restaurant of the Year awards. Narooma Oyster Festival is proudly supported by Australia’s Oyster Coast, Eurobodalla Coast Tourism, Destination NSW, Whale Coast Realty, Club Narooma, Southern Phone Company and local business sponsors.