2016 Te Matuku Oyster Festival Ang Sarap Review.
It all started one fine day in Auckland Ferry Terminal
around 9:00 AM when I grabbed our VIP Tickets, the past few days was
quite rainy but now the sun came out, it was still breezy but not that
cold, it was a perfect day.
Ferry was on time so we departed exactly at 9:30 AM, I saw several
people having the same VIP lanyards as us and it looks like there were a
few who were chosen. 45 minutes later we arrived at the beautiful
island of Waiheke.
Our lanyards were our ticket for the coaches to transfer us to the
event along with other 20 or so VIP guests. As we waited for the bus to
depart our amazing tour guide who also was our bus driver asked everyone
to introduce ourselves. Starting from the left front row going in
circles, I was surprised that I was with representatives from the best
restaurants in Auckland like Meredith’s and Woodpecker Hill to name some, and what’s even better I was the only food blogger in there.
We then departed and got a tour around the island, it was a good ride and Fuller’s
had chosen the best driver for us, our guide was very informative,
entertaining and very funny. There was no dull moment in that tour. Few
minutes later we arrived the Rangihoua Estate, the place where the event will be held.
We were the first ones to arrive, in fact the VIPs are an hour early
before the real event. We were greeted with lots of smiles and a very
warm hospitality. Oysters, wine and beer started flowing and we were
initially served 3 oysters per person and a glass of wine or beer but
that’s just the beginning. After that first three, the servings
continued so in that span of 30 minutes I guess I had the most oysters I
had in my life and 3 glasses of wine.
I am never a fan of oyster but the Te Matuku Oysters
was quite different, I think I started to like oysters because of this.
It was so fresh the ones served was still moving, it was so juicy,
plump and does not have the fishy taste, I think the crystal clear
waters of the marine reserve at Te Matuku Bay
on Waiheke is responsible for having perfect oysters like this. My wife
who is a big fan of oysters made the most of it together with my
with a lovely lemon-lime and citrus blossom bouquet wrapped around a
firm acid backbone I guess there is no better match for the oysters to
have than this. Another great drink served there was this beer brewed by
Alibi Brewing Company, it was light, fresh also with a very slight citrus taste and again perfect with any seafood like this oysters. As we waited for the main event which starts at 12:00 noon we just
hanged out eating more oysters and enjoying more good wine while
listening to good music provided by this duo named ROOK.
Rook started to play on the side and not on the main stage as there
were only the VIPs present at this stage. Finger foods was also served
during this time and by the time the event started we were already
loaded; in fact, I was full.
We then started to head over to the
lush gardens where the stage for the main event were set and laid down
our picnic mats just to beat the crowd, we never expected how many will
attend the event. We also had a look at the food stalls around and
checked what they offer. There was quite a selection from cheese boards,
seafood platters, sushi, chowders, sausages, salads, fried oysters and
mussel kebabs to name some. There was also a good selection of drinks on
15 minutes after the doors open the place started to get really busy and
it was full of people by 1:00 PM. Festival goers range from
individuals, couples and families, it was an event perfect for any age.There were lots of entertainment from music performances by Rook as well as Mojo Risers to start with, then some cooking demonstrations by Julie Biuso
and Paulie Hooton, and there was also a master chef competition where
anyone from the crowd can join. I did join this but my name was not
picked so better luck next time for me.
We enjoyed the day and time passed by really fast, little that we know
it was already nearly 4:30 which means the bus going back to the ferry
will start to pick us up. We packed our picnic mats 15 minutes before
departure and head back to the main entrance to see what they sell on
the estate. Since it was an olive farm there were lots of olive products
to choose from, most of them have awards. We tried some oils and I bet
you this was one of the best tasting olive oils that we ever tried.
All good things will have to come to an end like this festival but
what’s good you know it is coming back so if you enjoy happenings like
this start planning ahead and mark your calendars so you won’t miss the
next years one as this will happen again next year in an almost similar
time of the year.
2016 Te Matuku Oyster Festival – Waiheke Island
The only thing that could be better eating than fresh, juicy and plump oysters is having them on Waiheke Island!
Come along to the world-famous Te Matuku Oyster Festival at midday on Saturday 5th November to experience the most delicious oysters in the country, and have a great day out.
Fresh as you can get
Te Matuku’s Pacific oysters, highly prized by oyster lovers from all over New Zealand, are farmed in the crystal clear waters of the marine reserve at Te Matuku Bay on Waiheke. They’ll be shucked at the festival, ready for cooking in a variety of ways, or just au naturel: you won’t get any fresher than that!
Celebrity chef demonstrations
Join celebrity chefs Martin Bosley, Julie Biuso and Paulie Hooton for cooking demos and the chance to come up with your own Te Matuku “master chef” recipe.
Waiheke is the Island of Wine and you won’t be disappointed with Passage Sauvignon Blanc on or Batch “Fizz”: perfect matches with succulent oysters. Beer lovers won’t miss out with great craft brews from Waiheke’s own Alibi Brewing Company at Tantalus Estate.
Food & Sounds
Foodies will delight in a fine array of gourmet morsels from Waiheke’s artisan food providers. And when you’re sampling all the fine fare, be entertained by bands ROOK and DragonFly, while enjoying the lush and laid-back setting of Rangihoua Estate.
Tickets & travel to Waiheke
It couldn’t be easier or more fun to take a day-trip to Waiheke for the Te Matuku Oyster Festival. Simply book your $80 Fullers Festival Packagewww.fullers.co.nz (which includes festival, ferry and bus tickets) or buy your $45 festival ticket through Te Matuku. www.tematukuoysters.co.nz
Your $45 festival ticket includes your first 3 oysters, a festival glass and a wine or beer.
Need to know
What: Te Matuku Oyster Festival on Waiheke Island
When: Saturday 5th November, 2016
Where: Rangihoua Estate, Waiheke Island
How to get there: 35 minutes on a Fullers ferry
Cost: $45 entry fee (includes festival glass, first drink and 3 oysters), $80 package (entry free, Fullers ferry, transfers to and from event, a festival glass plus first drink and 3 oysters)
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or book online at tematukuoysters.co.nz or fullers.co.nz