Matakana Oyster & Wine Festival


Save the date and get shucking because the Matakana Oyster & Wine Festival is on Sunday 8 October at the Woolshed, Matakana Country Park. Junction Magazine has teamed up with the Mahurangi Oyster Farmers Association and seven local oyster farmers who promise to prepare the delectable little devils in a myriad of ways and the local drops to pair them with.

Whether you’re an oyster lover or not the day will provide an all-weather celebration of local food, wine and delights with live music, shucking competitions, cooking demonstrations, face painting and crafts for the kids. Enjoy a glass or three of local favourites and not have to worry about the drive to Auckland with a leisurely return trip via the special event Mahu Express.

The beauty of the oysters from this region is they have a uniquely fresh taste with October known for producing a plump creamy and less salty taste than other growing areas, after all the Mahurangi is where oyster farming started in New Zealand.

Matakana Oyster & Wine Festival is looking for expressions of interest from local wine, beer and food producers to join the party. October is prime oyster season and the beginning of the visitor influx. Email to register your interest to exhibit by Friday August 11.

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

Purchase tickets on the website.

Photos, Brijana Cato