Event Preview 2016
The 2016 Ceduna Oysterfest is set to be another spectacular showcase of Far West Coast hospitality, with a varied entertainment program, activities, competitions and more!
This year our focus will be on expanding the variety of the freshest and best in local seafood to complement our signature Far West Coast Oysters, sourced from selected growers in Smoky and Denial Bays. Watch this space!
Thursday 29th of September
WestArt will proudly present the ‘Oysterfest Art Exhibition’ in the Ceduna Memorial Hall. This years’ exhibition has an open theme, and will included mixed media from artists across the Eyre Peninsula as well as a photography section.
Friday 30th September
The Ceduna Business & Tourism Association will once more host their free Seafood Tasting in the CBD from 11:30, with a special guest Chef, alongside demonstrations of oyster opening and fish filleting.
Our Opening Night Dinner, hosted by the Ceduna Foreshore Hotel, promises to tantalise the tastebuds with a gourmet west coast experience to accompany the CBTA Business & Tourism Awards, Oysterfest Fundraising Auction and appearances from some of our feature artists and our celebrity Chef.
The SA Sail Training Vessel the One & All will again be returning to Ceduna for the Oysterfest, and they will have a program of open-ship visits and short-sails available for interested visitors.
For those seeking a music experience, plans are underway for live music at the Oysterfest site for Friday evening.
Saturday 1st October
Chris Sperou will once more take to the skies to let everyone know the Oysterfest has well and truly begun! Our Oysterfest Street Parade will lead everyone down from the CBD to the Oysterfest site on the shores of Murat Bay, where the official opening will take place. From there a series of community arts workshops, live music, cooking demonstrations, kids activities, carnival amusements and competitions will be happening around the site, extending from the Ceduna Sailing Club to the Day Tce Carpark.
After the AFL Grand Final concludes, local oyster growers will be pitted against each other to claim the title of the 2016 Ceduna Oysterfest Biggest Oyster, and then a variety of musical entertainment will take us into the evening headlined by Tamworth Country Music Festival regular Amber Joy Poulton.
Sunday 2nd October
Sunday morning will see the return of the revered Pancake Breakfast alongside the traditional combined Church Service in the McEvoy Marquee.
Popular events such as the Kids Iced Coffee Hold and Treasure Hunts will be happening alongside the coveted Stein Holding competition before the signature competition of Oysterfest – the Oyster Shuck & Eat! Before we get underway we’ll have a demonstration from some of our fastest professional shuckers to show us how it’s done!
An emerging local talent showcase will begin the evenings entertainment before Amber Joy Poulton returns to the stage with her band for a family concert. Once again the Oysterfest Fireworks Spectacular will light the skies over Murat Bay, but it doesn’t end there! We’ll be kicking on with a glow-themed after-party where a DJ will take us through a non-stop musical journey from the 80’s to today.
Plan Ahead for 2017
2017 Oysterfest will be celebrated from Friday 29th September to Sunday 1st October, with the Labour Day public holiday being on Monday the 2nd October 2017.