Oyster Festival is being staged at Stradbroke Island on November 17

OYSTER: Oyster shucking is part of the fun of the annual Oyster Festival

OYSTER: Oyster shucking is part of the fun of the annual Oyster Festival

Oysters and prawns direct from farms and trawlers are expected to bring a community together at this year’s Oyster Festival, to be held at the Ron Stark oval, Dunwich near the Stradbroke Sharks Football club from 10am to 6pm on Saturday, November 17.

SEAFOOD: There will be seafood aplenty at this year's Oyster Festival being staged at Dunwich on November 17.

SEAFOOD: There will be seafood aplenty at this year's Oyster Festival being staged at Dunwich on November 17.

Festival coordinator Alison Ninnes said the festival promised to be a really great, family friendly free day out.

“The festival brings together the island and Redland community and showcases the island’s seafood and craft. It’s about the community coming together,” she said.

Ms Ninnes said it would be the 11th time the long running festival had been staged on the site which was conveniently located within walking distance from the Stradbroke barges. She said a boat has been booked to run between Russell, Lamb, Macleay and Coochiemudlo islands at a cost of $30 return.  Bookings for this barge can be made on 3409 9216.

Besides the sales of prawns and oytsters, the festival also features other food vendors and market stalls featuring the best crafts of Stradbroke Island.

Competitions include prawn eating and opening for adults and children and oyster shucking and eating for adults.  Popular too are the annual mudcrab races.

Entertainment is with Who Killed Kenny? featuring Jon Jass. There will also be jumping castles for the children.

Ms Ninnes said last year about 180 dozen oysters were sold and she expected this figure to rise in 2018.

“The festival will hopefully be bigger this year. It’s been talked and blogged about a lot,” she said.

WINNER: Winning a return trip on the water taxi and a seafood platter for one couple (value $110)  is Jill Palise of Coochiemudlo Island. Straddie Sharks will contact you with prize details.