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Tickets go on sale on February 6, so to touch base with your friends and family and book accommodation now!

A man stands by the water shucking oysters. He is smiling as he reveals the lovely oyster inside the shell. He is wearing a hat and apron which reads Appellation Oysters.

If you’re adding Rock Oysters to the menu this summer, remember to save the date for Narooma Oyster Festival on the weekend of May 3 and 4, 2024.

Tickets go on sale on February 6, so touch base with your friends and family and book accommodation now. Narooma’s accommodation often fills quickly, but there are lots of great stays at nearby towns including Moruya, Tilba and Batemans Bay and our festival buses will again run to and from the festival on Saturday, May 4.

For Festival Chair Cath Peachey, the rock oyster’s status as culinary, gastronomical and environmental hero is just one of the great reasons to throw Australia’s grandest oyster party each year, and this year will mark our 17th year!

”The festival is a favourite on the NSW food and drinks calendar and Oyster Farmers Alley is one of the main experiences people come for, its hero, the rock oyster, is quite unique to the south coast and especially to New South Wales,” she said.

“In Oyster farmer’s Alley, visitors get the chance to sample oysters from different estuaries and can talk directly with the grower about the uniqueness of their waterway and the flavours it offers.”

4 shuckers are racing against the clock. in front of them are piles of oysters and they each have a plate to fill.

Along with the excitement of Australia’s Oyster Shucking Championships, where farmers vie for the chance to represent the nation in Ireland at the World Oyster Opening Championships (and the roar of the crowd can be heard all over town), the 2024 program will feature culinary, educational and entertaining experiences for oyster and seafood lovers.

Oyster lovers can also try deeper water species like the lesser-known native angasi and the pacific, which features in Australia’s Biggest Oyster competition.

Our favourite ‘must-do’ is the Ultimate Oyster Experience with seafood legend John Susman and the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (home of the Sydney Royal Fine Food Show), closely followed by the Rock Oyster Lounge and Champagne Oyster Cruises on Saturday. We are looking forward to delivering a new dining experience ‘Taste of the South’ on Friday night and are busily cooking of a storm of a program with local and visiting chefs in the cooking demonstration marquee. Then there’s the gourmet food, celebrated producers, brewers, winemakers and distillers along with markets and live music on two stages.

Stall holder applications open on December 6 and volunteers are welcome to apply now.

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