Oysters only one divine aspect of festival

Pearl in Bluff's event calendar only a fortnight away

BRIDGET RAILTON
Last updated 05:00 12/05/2014
Bluff Oyster and Food Festival
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SIGNS OF SUCCESS: Bluff Oyster and Food Festival committee members, from left, Kylie Fowler, John Edminstin and Paddy Rowe begin site preparations ahead of this month’s festival. JOHN HAWKINS/ Fairfax NZ

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John Edminstin has been talking to God, and he assures punters it will be sunny at this year's Bluff Oyster and Food Festival.

The pearl in Bluff's event calendar is less than a fortnight away, and with most of the organ isational side of things ticking along on schedule, all that was left to worry about was the weather.

"It's going to be lovely," said Edminstin, the festival chairman.

He said he wanted a repeat performance of yesterday's sunny skies for the festival. "I've had a word to God, and I said "this is the way it'll be, tiger.' "

The festival committee began setting up the site yesterday, with the team just as enthusiastic about the event as always, he said.

The committee is also working on a prospective new site in the Bluff town centre for next year's event.

The continued support of local groups in the setup and running of the event helped spur them along.

This year 16 groups had volunteered to help out and would receive donations from the event, compared to last year's 15.

"The continued support of local groups is a really, really important part of it and how it benefits Bluff," Edminstin said.

Ticket sales were ahead of last year. A range of music, food, and entertainment was sure to keep the crowds happy, he said.

However, first and foremost, the day was and always would be all about the oysters, he said.

The festival will be on May 24 at the familiar Real Journeys site in Foreshore Rd adjacent to the Old Town Wharf in Bluff. Tickets are available from the Invercargill City Council, the Bluff Service Centre, www.ticketdirect.co.nz, Barnes Oysters in Invercargill or on Trade Me.

bridget.railton@stl.co.nz

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