Every oyster type has a flavor of its own. Bluff oysters are known to have a vibrant flavor that stays in the mind till someone is alive. There is no better place on earth other than the Bluff Oyster and Food Festival to savor this popular oyster type. If you are an oyster lover ticking off the oyster festivals around the world or lives nearby the region, you literally have no reason to skip the Bluff Oyster and Food Festival. Lock the date now so you will not miss the chance to slurp down a heap of Bluff oysters.
Oyster enthusiasts of New Zealand affectionately refer to the Bluff Oysters as “Bluffies”. These beloved Bluffies have a combined flavor of saltwater, rocks, and seaweed covered in a meaty sweetness. Slurp a Bluffy and you will feel a flash of strong brininess followed by a lasting light metallic, sweet, fresh, sea flavor. It is up to make choice and wash down the Bluff Oysters with a great southern ale or one of New Zealand wines. The aphrodisiac qualities of these oysters are too intense to be forgotten.
Bluff Oyster and Food Festival is organized by the locals who have embraced the oyster culture. At this grand celebration of Bluff oysters and other food, you will feel the genuine Southland flavor brought into the event by the friendly locals. In their words it is unsophisticated and they are proud of it. It is one of the major events in the winter calendar of New Zealand attracting thousands of people across the country. Make your warm coats, scarves, and hats ready for the delicious winter experience in May 2022!
21st of May 2022
Gates open at 10.30 am and closes at 5 pm
85 Barrow Street
Bluff, New Zealand.
Tickets cost $40 each.
Participants who are14 years and younger are considered as children.
4. Entertainment at Bluff Oyster and Food Festival
- Oyster competitions
Oyster Opening, Oyster Eating, and Blindfolded Competitions are signature oyster contests at Bluff Oyster and Food Festival. Oysters and food make people happy but few contests can make us happier. So the organizing committee has ensured that the schedule of the Bluff Oyster Festival is tightly packed with fun games and activities.
Below is the schedule of the Bluff Oyster and Food Festival 2021.
10.30 Mapu-Kuki-Airani Rarotongan Drummers
11.00 Piping in of the oyster by the Invercargill Highland Pipe Band
Ode to the Oyster
11.15 Bluff School Kapa Haka
12.00 Julian Temple Band
1.00 Capitol City – The Commitments Tribute
2.00 Polynesian Dance-Off with Mapu-Kuki-Airani Rarotongan Drummers
3.00 The Freshies
4.00 Capitol City
Check the official website http://bluffoysterfest.co.nz for updates.
- Live music
Music can never dilute the fun in any event. Slurp down your Bluffies while sipping a New Zealand wine and there will be live music in the background to double your fun. Capitol City, The Freshies, and the Julian Temple Band will be performing at the Bluff Oyster and Food Festival in 2021.
5. Merchandise available at the Bluff Oyster and Food Festival
- T-Shirts $30 and $35
- A limited number of Polo shirts ($45) and hoodies ($60)
- Wine glasses $6
- Wine glass lanyard $6
- Caps and beanies $15 each
The new festival premises of the Bluff Oyster and Food Festival is located just off the main street of Bluff on Lee Street. You can google 85 Barrow Street, Bluff to see the right location of the main entrance.
Buses to and from Invercargill
- $20 (return)
- Buses will leave from Invercargill (first stop of the route) at 9.45, 10.45 and 11.45am.
- McDermotts Coachlines will be providing buses to and from Invercargill directly to the Festival gate. Two bus routes are there within a walking distance of most accommodation in Invercargill City.
- Bookings are not compulsory.
- EFTPOS is available at the festival premises but NO credit cards are accepted.
7. Contact details
Phone – 03 212 8889
Text – 027 584 6582
P.O. Box 154