What is Oyster Week?
DARLING HARBOUR CELEBRATES MILLENNIA-OLD LOVE AFFAIR WITH OYSTERS WITH PRECINCT-WIDE OYSTER WEEK
Darling Harbour, Sydney’s favourite urban playground to explore, play and dine, is kicking off the spring season with a 10-day oyster extravaganza on September 20-30. The inaugural Sydney Oyster Week will see more than a dozen prestigious venues in Barangaroo, Harbourside and Cockle Bay Wharf put on a curated collection of oyster-devoted events celebrating the oyster's considerable role in our shared history, culture and cuisine. Events will feature local NSW oysters from Merimbula, Pambula, Shoalhaven and Wonboyn on the Sapphire Coast, as well as from St Helens (Tasmania) and Coffin Bay (South Australia).
Cockle Bay’s love affair with shell-fish goes back thousands of years. To the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, in Sydney Harbour, the precinct was known as Tumbalong. When the Europeans arrived, they first called it Long Cove, but the name was quickly dropped in favour of Cockle Bay, before finally being called Darling Harbour. Why Cockle Bay? Because littered along its shores were literally hundreds of tonnes of oyster and other marine shells; the refuse of thousands of years of shell-fish feasts by the local First Peoples. The name Cockle Bay is today applied to the south end of Darling Harbour, in memory of this time-honoured culinary activity.
Dr Wayne Johnson, author of A History of Sydney’s Darling Harbour and archaeologist for NSW Heritage Council, Sydney Cove Authority and Property NSW, explains: “Oyster feasts are a significant part of Darling Harbour’s shared heritage: for thousands of years, the people who lived around Port Jackson converged here to gather and enjoy cockles, sharing food and stories. Archaeologists working in the precinct still find ample evidence of these oyster feasts, which have been dated at least as early as 7,000 years ago.”
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Oyster week began in NYC in 2011.
The purpose of an Oyster week is to present a celebration of the oyster's considerable role in our shared history, culture, cuisine, economy & ecology.
Sydney’s first ever Oyster Week – a curated collection of delectable tastings and oyster-devoted events. From raw bars to soirees and wine pairings, there is something for everyone from the oyster curious to the foodie connoisseur.