Ceduna Oysterfest

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Event Preview 2016
The 2016 Ceduna Oysterfest is set to be another spectacular showcase of Far West Coast hospitality, with a varied entertainment program, activities, competitions and more!

This year our focus will be on expanding the variety of the freshest and best in local seafood to complement our signature Far West Coast Oysters, sourced from selected growers in Smoky and Denial Bays. Watch this space!
Thursday 29th of September

WestArt will proudly present the ‘Oysterfest Art Exhibition’ in the Ceduna Memorial Hall. This years’ exhibition has an open theme, and will included mixed media from artists across the Eyre Peninsula as well as a photography section.
Friday 30th September

The Ceduna Business & Tourism Association will once more host their free Seafood Tasting in the CBD from 11:30, with a special guest Chef, alongside demonstrations of oyster opening and fish filleting.

Our Opening Night Dinner, hosted by the Ceduna Foreshore Hotel, promises to tantalise the tastebuds with a gourmet west coast experience to accompany the CBTA Business & Tourism Awards, Oysterfest Fundraising Auction and appearances from some of our feature artists and our celebrity Chef.

The SA Sail Training Vessel the One & All will again be returning to Ceduna for the Oysterfest, and they will have a program of open-ship visits and short-sails available for interested visitors.

For those seeking a music experience, plans are underway for live music at the Oysterfest site for Friday evening.
Saturday 1st October

Chris Sperou will once more take to the skies to let everyone know the Oysterfest has well and truly begun! Our Oysterfest Street Parade will lead everyone down from the CBD to the Oysterfest site on the shores of Murat Bay, where the official opening will take place. From there a series of community arts workshops, live music, cooking demonstrations, kids activities, carnival amusements and competitions will be happening around the site, extending from the Ceduna Sailing Club to the Day Tce Carpark.

After the AFL Grand Final concludes, local oyster growers will be pitted against each other to claim the title of the 2016 Ceduna Oysterfest Biggest Oyster, and then a variety of musical entertainment will take us into the evening headlined by Tamworth Country Music Festival regular Amber Joy Poulton.
Sunday 2nd October

Sunday morning will see the return of the revered Pancake Breakfast alongside the traditional combined Church Service in the McEvoy Marquee.

Popular events such as the Kids Iced Coffee Hold and Treasure Hunts will be happening alongside the coveted Stein Holding competition before the signature competition of Oysterfest – the Oyster Shuck & Eat! Before we get underway we’ll have a demonstration from some of our fastest professional shuckers to show us how it’s done!

An emerging local talent showcase will begin the evenings entertainment before Amber Joy Poulton returns to the stage with her band for a family concert. Once again the Oysterfest Fireworks Spectacular will light the skies over Murat Bay, but it doesn’t end there! We’ll be kicking on with a glow-themed after-party where a DJ will take us through a non-stop musical journey from the 80’s to today.

Plan Ahead for 2017
2017 Oysterfest will be celebrated from Friday 29thSeptember to Sunday 1st October, with the Labour Day public holiday being on Monday the 2nd October 2017.

Ceduna is a town in South Australia located on the shores of Murat Bay on the west coast of Eyre Peninsula. It lies west of the junction of the Flinders and Eyre Highways around 786 km northwest of the capital Adelaide. The port town/suburb of Thevenard lies 3 km to the west on Cape Thevenard. It is in the District Council of Ceduna, the federal Division of Grey, and the state electoral district of Flinders. The name Ceduna is a corruption of the local Aboriginal word Chedoona and is said to mean a place to sit down and rest. The town has played an important but minor role in Australia's overall development due to it being a fishing port and a railway hub.

Matthew Flinders on his voyage in the Investigator, anchored in Fowlers Bay on 28 January 1802. He went on to explore the coast and named Denial Bay, Smoky Bay and the islands of Nuyts Archipelago. He was disappointed to find no river and gave the name Denial Bay because they did not find fresh water. French expedition leader Nicolas Baudindiscovered Murat Bay after meeting with Flinders and named it after Joachim Murat. He also named the point of Thevenard after the Admiral and Minister of Marine Antoine-Jean-Marie Thevenard, and Decres Bay after Denis Decres, duke of the First French Empire

The first European exploration of the hinterland was during August–September 1839 by John Hill and Samuel Stephens, using the chartered brig Rapid as a base. Hill reported to Governor Gawler that although the bay was 'valuable', the hinterland was 'waterless', thereby stalling European interest.

There was a whaling station on nearby St Peter Island during the 1850s before settlement.

The Commissioner of Crown Lands, faced with widespread agitation to open West Coast lands for agricultural settlement, invited three farmers in July 1887 to inspect the lands between Streaky Bay and Western Australia. They were optimistic about the area and recommended that the necessary surveys be started at once. In 1889 the Government in Adelaide formalised the Far West with survey lines.

In June 1901, the town of Ceduna was proclaimed. For many years, locals called the township Murat Bay and it was not until the railways came and called the siding Ceduna in 1915 that locals adopted the name. The Ceduna Jetty was built in 1902.

The Tod Water pipeline was officially opened by Mr M McIntosh, Commissioner of Public Works, June 1928.

Ceduna was the site of a major satellite telecommunications facility operated by the Overseas Telecommunications Commission. It was a major employer in the town until made redundant by technological change. It was built in 1969 and by 1984 almost half of Australia's International telecommunication traffic passed through Ceduna's Earth Station.

On 4 December 2002, Ceduna received international attention when the path of totality of a solar eclipse passed directly over the town. Though the day had at times been partly cloudy, and although mere kilometres away in Thevenard the view was still clouded over, the southwestern sky where the Sun and Moon were located was clear from Ceduna itself at the time of the total solar eclipse, late in the afternoon.

In the 2007/2008 State Budget, Premier Mike Rann (who had opened the new Ceduna TAFE campus in the early 1990s) announced a commitment of $36 million for Stage 1 of the Ceduna Hospital Redevelopment. It was opened in 2011. In February 2010 Premier Rann opened the world's largest mineral sands mine operated by Iluka Resources. The $390 million mine is located 200 km North West of Ceduna.