Keep calm and shuck on

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Lock in Sunday 8 October to indulge in plump creamy oysters paired with beautiful local wine. The peak of the Mahurangi oyster season is fast approaching and to celebrate, The Matakana Oyster & Wine Festival will be held at the Woolshed, Matakana Country Park. Junction has teamed up with Mahurangi Oyster Farmers Limited and several local farmers to showcase these salty little rock stars.

Oysters from this region are renowned for their wonderful fresh taste, with fans reporting a less salty flavour compared to other growing areas. But if oysters are not your thing, there’ll be other tasty cuisine to enjoy.

Expect a vibrant day out with live music from The Rubics, shucking competitions (professional and novice), cooking and wine demos, and face painting and a craft table for the kids. More than 30 fantastic stallholders are ready to party, but there’s still time to join the fun. If you’d like to exhibit your local wine, beer or food, share your expression of interest by emailing the festival organisers. October marks the beginning of the visitor influx to the area and is a perfect chance to share your offering.

Tickets to this all-weather event are limited and selling fast. For added convenience, book a return trip back to Auckland via the special event Mahu Express service.

Adults: $35 includes an event wine glass, first glass of wine or beer and 2 oysters Children (6–17 years old): $15 including a non-alcoholic drink and 1 oyster Children 5 and under: FREE 10am–4pm, Sunday 8 October (during the school holidays) Tickets can be purchased online. www.matakanaoysterfest.co.nz

Photos: Brijana Cato