If you thought seafood was only for summer, think again. Right in the heart of winter, and after a successful first year, the Oyster Festival is happening at The Morrison Bar and Oyster Room.

“More than 40,000 oysters were eaten during last year's festival,” enthuses executive chef Sean Connolly. “So clearly Sydney's love affair with the oyster is just as big as mine.”

Of course the Morrison Bar and Oyster Room focuses on oysters all year round, but the month-long festival is a chance to go in-depth and find out all there is to know about the tasty bivalve. Last year’s $1 oyster hour (6–7pm everyday) will be happening again and there will be oyster and wine tasting. There will even be an oyster eating competition (Tuesday August 19, 7pm).

A special oyster menu includes an array of chef Connolly’s favourite oyster dishes, including a modern take on the retro carpetbag steak as well as classic chowder. There’s even the opportunity to try oyster flights matched with a drink that will complement their flavours and the chance to shuck, compare and contrast the different oyster varieties on offer in a masterclass. Not a bad reason to start thinking about oysters as a winter treat too.

The Morrison Bar and Oyster Room Oyster Festival
The Morrison Bar & Oyster Room, 225 George Street, Sydney

Friday August 1–Sunday 31

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