Mahurangi Oyster & Wine Festival

The Oysters are at their peak this time of year and local farmers will be vying for the perfect taste, and the best serving style. Lemon juice, Worcester sauce, grilled or natural, whatever your preference, there will be a plethora of accompaniments for these tasty treats at the inaugural Matakana Oyster and Wine Festival on October 8 at the Matakana Country Park.

The region is well known for producing tasty, plump oysters, which are less salty and creamier than those from other parts of the country. Whether you’re an oyster lover or not, the day will provide an all-weather celebration of local food, wine and delights. Live music from The Rubics, over 30 different stallholders, shucking competitions, cooking demonstrations, face painting and crafts for the kids. The festival is the perfect family day out during the school holidays. Enjoy a glass, or three, of your favourite local wine, but don’t worry about the drive to Auckland, Mahu Express, famous for their leisurely Friday bubbles runs, will be offering a special return trip from town.

Only a few tickets remain so get online and then get shucking because great lovers... love oysters!

Adult tickets: $35 including 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 Under 5: Free.

10am -4pm, Sunday October 8

Tickets available online at

Matakana Country Park, 1151 Leigh Rd, Matakana www.facebookcom/matakanaoysterfest


Zero Waste Oyster & Wine Festival

Words by Trish Allen

Most people want to do the right thing with their waste and at the Matakana Oyster and Wine Festival they will have the chance to do just that. Brightly coloured bin stations that separate waste into three categories – compost, recycling and landfill – will be on site, manned by volunteers from Mahurangi Wastebusters to help people get it right. “We want people to have fun and enjoy themselves, but we also want to reduce the environmental impact of the event and leave no footprint behind” says Trish Allen of Mahurangi Wastebusters.  Compostable plates, cups and cutlery will be used by food vendors and even the oyster shells will be crushed up and composted.  Wine will be served in event glasses. “We’re aiming for at least 80% diversion from landfill."

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Words Rod Cheeseman | Photos Brijana Cato | Styling maddie Long and Lauren Holehouse