Ideas exchanged at Oysterfest session

EVENT: A big crowd gathered for the oyster shuck n' eat competition at last year's Oysterfest.
EVENT: A big crowd gathered for the oyster shuck n' eat competition at last year's Oysterfest.

Lynette Croft says Wednesday's Oysterfest information session was a good chance for dialogue with the community on plans for this year's festival.

About 40 people were present at the session where Oysterfest organiser Ms Croft outlined planned changes for the event, including a new site layout, a premium flavours and licenced area, revamped family entertainment zone and new home for the arts and craft market.

"I was really thrilled with the turnout and the information was well received in respect of understanding the new ideas and why they have come about," she said.

"It was great to see people brainstorm among themselves and the vibe of the room was enthusiastic.

"There is a lot of excitement about the new changes and different activities that will be on offer such as the oyster and wine soiree, art classes, the climbing wall and family-orientated zone."

Ms Croft said the changes would help progress the festival, which has been running for nearly three decades, to the next level.

She said the session showed that families had concerns about costs in the carnival area and so there would be a greater focus on free activities for children, including the climbing wall, movie screen, blow-up dart board and competitions.

Another issue for Oysterfest in recent years has been volunteer numbers, but Ms Croft said the session was very positive in that regard.

"It was important to get the message across to people that if they volunteer it can be for an hour or two and not the whole weekend," she said.

"We signed six volunteers on the night, which was really exciting."

She also believes that by revamping advertising and getting involved with the Oysterfest raffle that local businesses would be able to sponsor the event.

The celebrity guest chef for this year's event can also be revealed, with Mark Olive to bring his kitchen talents to Ceduna.

"He is the most renowned Indigenous chef in Australia and will be a big drawcard," Ms Croft said.

She said the weekend's entertainment was locked in and tickets were selling for the Friday night dinner, but was hoping for more numbers for the arts and craft market on the Friday and Saturday morning at the Ceduna Memorial Hall foyer.

For more Oysterfest details, check out the Facebook page.

People can also get in touch with Ms Croft with any ideas they may have, or if they wish to get involved with the event, by visiting the council office or calling on 8625 3407.