Festival back on the calendar

The Julian Temple Band will perform at the Bluff Oyster & Food Festival on Saturday, May 22.

THE Bluff Oyster & Food Festival is back.

After an enforced break last year due to Covid-19 alert level restrictions, the 2021 festival will take place in Bluff on Saturday, May 22.

With many people electing to roll last year’s blue admission tickets to this year’s festival and the remaining available tickets sold out within an hour, the event was fully sold out.

For those with a ticket, an awesome day was in store. The famous oyster events – races for oyster openers and eating races for members of the public – will no doubt, entertain the crowds.

Bluff oysters top the list of food offerings with cooked and raw oysters available, plus oyster balls, oyster Rockefeller, oyster mini burgers and creamy seafood and oyster pies. There will also be blue cod, paua, whitebait, scallops, salmon, kina, crayfish, muttonbirds, salmon, squid and more, plus a selection of non-seafood offerings.

Tere Ngu will lead proceedings on the main stage, after the recent death of popular, long-time emcee John Graham.

Festival gates would open at 10.30am, with the Bluff oyster to be piped in, as was tradition, at 11am.

Following another tradition, the Ode To The Oyster, the Bluff School Kapa Haka Group would perform.

Musical entertainment
Following on throughout the day will be well-known musicians together as The Freshies, while the Julian Temple Band and Capitol City form the rest of the line-up.

Julian Temple was born into a musical family in San Francisco, but found his way to Dunedin where he formed a band with several fellow university students, performing a wide variety of musical genres.

Capitol City was an 11-piece band which hailed from Christchurch, but had strong southern connections, including Shannon Cooper-Garland and Phil Doublet, plus the Bluff born and bred Corey Cross.

  • Lindsay Beer is the Bluff publicity and promotions officer