If you love deliciously creamy, fresh from the ocean oysters along with prawn and oyster eating competitions, the Straddie Oyster Festival on November 18 is a must.
Not only do you get to spend a day eating oysters at ridiculously cheap prices, but you can also finish the weekend on Stradbroke Island.
It is held at Ron Stark Oval in Dunwich which is within walking distance of the ferry wharf.
Expect an abundance of fresh local Moreton Bay oysters, prawns, crabs and bugs, oysters Kilpatrick or Mornay, all on the oval at Dunwich. Try your luck in the mullet throw competition (that’s fish, not people with bad haircuts), oyster and prawn eating competition and the oyster shucking competition.
It is several years since I was able to get to the festival, so the prices may have changed, but you can still expect value for money and some of the freshest oysters around.
The oysters grow in the beautifully clear waters of Moreton Bay around North Stradbroke Island.
It is interesting to chat to the oyster farmers about farming techniques and how and where the tasty local Moreton Bay Oysters are farmed.
The day kicks off at 10am and concludes at 6pm, plenty of time for make it back to the mainland on a the ferry.
Where to find a Straddie oyster
If you can’t make it to the festival, some of the oyster farmers such as Dialba Oysters sell at the Stradbroke Island Markets. Local oysters are also available at restaurants on the island and increasingly in Brisbane Restaurants such as Otto Ristorante. Rufus King Seafoods at Ashgrove also stocks Straddie Oysters.
The Straddie oyster season from September through to February.
Where is Stradbroke Island?
Commonly known as Straddie or North Stradbroke Island by locals and frequent visitors, the island lies in Moreton Bay about 30 kilometres southeast of Brisbane. There is no road to island but vehicle ferries run frequently. You’ll need to book ahead to get your car onto the Stradbroke Ferry.
A water taxi service, which carries up to 170 passengers, also operates to the island. It takes around 25 minutes.
Both ferries depart from Cleveland.
Disclaimer: Ed+bK is an oyster lover.