IT has been less than a week since the Bluff Oyster & Food Festival wound up for this year, and already tickets to next year’s event are in high demand.
Tickets went on sale on Saturday at 6pm at the end of the festival.
Festival committee member Kylie Fowler said as of yesterday, within five days of tickets going on sale, 15% of the available tickets had been sold. The majority were to people in the lower South Island, but also to people from Auckland.
“We are way, way ahead [of last year]. It has been a phenomenal response,” she said.
“It is quite realistic [we will be] sold out before March 1st or earlier if it keeps going on like this.”
There are 4500 tickets available for next year’s event, the same number as this year. Tickets to this year’s event sold out on March 28.
In previous years, Barnes Wild Bluff Oysters in Invercargill started selling tickets to the festival at the beginning of the oyster season on March 1, but it was possible there would be no tickets left by then, Ms Fowler said.
Festival chairman John Edminstin said accommodation in the vicinity had been booked out for the festival two years in advance.
“If 10% to 20% of tickets are sold in the first couple of months, we are miles ahead of last year.
“It is tremendous for us… it shows [the public] doesn’t want to miss out next year.”
Ms Fowler said she wanted to stress to Southlanders to buy tickets now, rather than wait until nearer the event, to avoid missing out.