Shucks, it’s time for the Oyster, Wine & Food Festival

Gauteng’s largest Oyster Festival set to attract appreciative crowds

Online PR News – 28-May-2012 – Johannesburg – Don’t miss out on one of Joburg’s calendar highlights, The Brightwater Commons’ eighth annual Oyster, Wine & Food Festival, which is happening on 2-3 June from 11:00 – 18:00. This annual event promises even more tongue-tickling delights this year with 40 000 freshly shucked oysters, 28 gourmet food exhibitors and wines from 32 estates on offer. If you are a fan of bubbly then the Champagne Tent on the commons is a must, featuring three top Methodé Cap Classique estates.

“The Oyster Festival is the largest of its’ kind in Gauteng and is second only to the Kynsna Oyster Festival. However, the Joburg event is unique in that a huge number of oysters are sold in only one venue over just fourteen hours in two days,” says Marketing Manager Francois du Buisson.

Resident Chef Lehan Botha from Celo Creative Culinary Concepts says, “This year we would like to push all boundaries and set a record by selling 40 000 medium oysters, or 3076 oysters per hour over the two day festival.”

All the featured wines, organic brandies and grappa will be on exhibit at the Promotions Court at Brightwater Commons, which is situated just next to the grassy greens. Visitors can go to one of three entrances and purchase a wine glass to taste wine at the wine circles. Vats, the renowned wine tasting club will be hosting a lounge, with cheese and bubbly to go with the fresh oysters that are available at two stations nearby.

“Pairing hand-picked artisanal food and oysters with an array of wines that are compatible is a joy, and that’s what we’re bringing to the festival,” says Judith Lee, the oenologist who is facilitating the wines and gourmet foods for the Festival. The new bigger and better Gourmet Food Tent will showcase local artisanal suppliers of desserts, chocolate, nougat, olive tapenades, cheeses and bread.

Visitors from all over Johannesburg and its surrounds are expected to flock to the festival to soak up the warm Highveld winter sun on the grassy commons, while enjoying the freshly shucked oysters and diverse range of wines and gourmet foods.

The festival caters for all tastes and the Beer Tent, flanked by tables and chairs under umbrellas, is expected to attract a fair number of malt connoisseurs. “A unique accompaniment to the oysters is Guinness, also known as the “Irish Aphrodisiac”, which is sure to provide a taste sensation for foodies and wine lovers,” says Peter Lambson, who oversees the malt at the festival as owner of McGinty’s at Brightwater Commons.

Festival goers can also relax at the various restaurants at the centre or get some shopping in at Brightwater Commons.

Last year’s Oyster, Wine & Food Festival saw 30 000 oysters served to more than 6 000 visitors over the weekend, a record number for the event.

The Oyster, Wine & Food Festival is presented by The Brightwater Commons in conjunction with Full Volume and Celo Creative Culinary Concepts. Entry is free, but a fee will be charged for the oysters, gourmet foods and wine.

For more information contact The Brightwater Commons on 011 789 5052 or visit