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Wonderful delights in store for oyster lovers this August
The Morrison ♥ Oysters is a month long festival hosted by The Morrison. Throughout August, those with a fondness for these little aphrodisiacs can experience a tantalising array of first class oysters, oyster-inspired dishes and drinks and even participate in some good ol' oyster shucking.
One would expect no less from Sean Connolly, chef at The Morrison Oyster Bar. The oysters have been carefully selected to ensure not only premium quality, but also to include a range of varieties. The oysters on offer hail from over six different regions across Australia, from some of Australia's best oyster producers.
The Ralston Bros' oysters are in amongst the mix. Oyster farming has been a family tradition for Batemans Bay-based owners Ben and John, dating back five generations. Their dedication to perfecting the oyster is clear with their 'Waterfall Oyster', the farming technique for which has been developed over generations. The oysters are placed in specially crafted baskets so that the tidal currents influence the growing process, allowing the oysters to form a perfectly round shape.
Set in amongst the warm surroundings of The Morrison, The Festival includes a number of treats. Not to be missed is the 'Oyster Hour', where from 6-7pm each day patrons can enjoy oysters for $1 a pop. These can - and should - be accompanied by beverages from the 'Shaken or stirred' menu, an assortment of oyster-y drinks.
The Oyster Dry Martini ($17) is an innovative concoction, using the brine of an oyster, skewered in the glass rather than an olive, for a kick. The cocktail is delicious and strong, a perhaps dangerous combination as it will leave you wanting more. Another delightful invention on the list is The Oyster Shot ($10), served with either verdita, pineapple, coriander, jalapeno and mint or sangrita, tomato, pomegranate and lemon. The former shot is tangy and full of flavour, while the latter tastes just like a bloody mary, with a slight saltiness from the oyster.
Those who want to hone their shucking skills can do so with 'Shuck Me Silly' ($69). The Morrison's Vio Pramano will guide participants through the art of shucking, followed by a tasting menu of a dozen oysters matched with different beverages, including champagne, cocktail, wine and oyster stout. 'Shuck Me Silly' will be held Tuesday 6 & 20 August, 6.30pm – 8.30pm.
The 'Oyster Love-In' ($99) is the perfect opportunity for anyone with an unbridled passion for oysters to gain insight into oyster farming while tucking into an oyster feast. Chef Sean Connolly joins seafood connoisseur John Susman, along with two of NSW's top oyster farmers to host this four course dinner with matching wines on Tuesday 13 August, 6.30pm. Topics for conversation include how to spot the perfect oyster, which regions are best and what makes oysters the number one aphrodisiac.
The Morrison ♥ Oysters festival also includes a tantalising food menu, the highlight of which is the carpetbag steak ($38). At first glance, the carpetbag steak looks like a normal steak, however, it is so much more. Tucked inside are plump and delicious oysters, paired beautifully with the rich, tender steak, making it a winner of a dish.