Chamber seeks sponsors for Oyster Festival
The Peninsula Chamber of Commerce is seeking sponsors for its 20th Brisbane Water Oyster Festival to be held this year at Ettalong Beach Markets on November 10.
Organiser Ms Debra Wales said that sponsorship packages were still available and started from $500 through to $15,000 for naming rights for the festival.
"It's a great opportunity to promote your local business leading up to the event and on the day, where over 30,000 people enjoy food, wine, crafts and entertainment," she said.
"This is a special year being our 20th anniversary.
"It has been a great vehicle to promote the Peninsula and our beautiful location to the wider region.
"We have visitors from all over NSW and interstate who before the Oyster Festival, had never head of Ettalong or the Peninsula.
"Now they do, and they always come back," Ms Wales said.
Ms Wales said she and Ms Jenifer Green from G'Day Hollywood Productions initiated the event back in 2000, partnering with the local oyster farmers and introducing the Blessing of the Fleet.
"From those small beginnings, we never expected the festival to go on for another 20 years," Ms Wales said.
"The festival has always been about promoting the beautiful Brisbane Waters and celebrating our magnificent Sydney Rock oysters and the Patonga Creek beauties grown right here.
"We've had three moves in that time, beginning at the Woy Woy waterfront where we outgrew the area and then to Ettalong Beach beachfront.
"Last year saw our move to the Ettalong Markets which proved to be a huge success with over 30,000 visitors throughout the day," Ms Wales said.
"Our festival team, Daniel and Emily Batts of Empty Suitcase Events, are well into planning for this year's festival with food, wine and crafts stalls being snapped up quickly.
"Jenifer Green and Wayne Cornell from G'day Hollywood Productions have filled the whole day with live bands from Sydney and local jazz bands and street entertainers," Ms Wales said.
Media release, 28 Jul 2019
Debra Wales, Peninsula Chamber of Commerce