A celebration of oysters, seafood and wine is all happening at The Oyster Festival at Sandstone Point Hotel on Saturday, 2 December. I'm not sure how many readers are aware of this, but the land on which the Sandstone Point Hotel now sits was once a fully-operational oyster farm. In recognition of its past, the Sandstone Point Hotel's refurbished open-air dining area - the Oyster Shed, which was originally constructed in 1875 - is fully operational all year round, serving up oyster and seafood delights to visitors.
Oysters and other seafood culinary delights - Image: Pixabay CC0 Creative Commons
Hosted by Sandstone Point Hotel,The Oyster Festival is a fun family day out with all sorts of oceanic delicacies on offer. The Hotel's lawn will be awash in oyster, seafood and wine stalls, exhibiting Australian-wide produce as well as a variety of seafood-themed food stalls. Fishing trawlers will be moored at the Sandstone Point jetty with the freshest seafood money can buy.
For the adults angling for oyster creativity and information, there will be shucking demonstrations as well as oyster appreciation classes to acquaint the palate with different taste profiles of oysters from all over Australia.
Toss a line out for other al-lure-ing entertainment:
Freshly shucked Oyster Bars;
Seafood and Wine Stalls (you'll find me bobbing around here);
Celebrity Chef Demonstrations;
Kids rides and entertainment;
Oyster eating competition;
Live music; and
The Pearl Bar - which is exclusive to the Oyster Festival - serving oyster shots.
If none of this has netted your interest, Nickelodeon's very own Spongebob Squarepants will be putting on two live shows especially for the little ones. Have I reeled you in yet?
Spongebob Squarepants is putting on two live shows - Image: Spongebob Squarepants FB page
Watch in awe at the oyster shucking prowess displayed by the entrants of The Australian Oyster Shucking Competition. The final victor's spoils will include flights and accommodation to the Galway International Oyster and Seafood Festival 2018, plus automatic entry into the International Oyster Opening Competition, plus $1000 spending money! Are you the next shucking champ? To enter, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The day of delectable pearls from the ocean culminates with a spectacular fireworks finale! Bag up the family and head to the Sandstone Point Hotel - entry at the gate is only $5 for adults and a gold coin donation ($2) for the littlest clams.
Still not convinced? Have a look below at the video footage of last year's fabulous Oyster Festival at Sandstone Point Hotel.
A-ha, I knew you wouldn't be able to resist taking the bait!
Important information for visitors to The Oyster Festival
Parking: Parking is available at Sandstone Point Hotel
Traffic considerations: Please factor the likelihood of congestion along Bribie Island Road to and from the event into your total travel time. Consider taking a detour to avoid part of Bribie Island Rd via turning-off onto Beachmere Rd, travelling through Beachmere, up Peel Rd back onto Bribie Island Road, then turning left at the roundabout onto Bestmann Road through Ningi.