Festival of Oysters – Strong vote of confidence in industry

BARILLA Bay Seafoods – with the help of Mures Tasmania and Moorilla Wines – have put the past four months behind it and are celebrating the resilience of their industry.

After a number of setbacks occurring in quick succession and many potential sales lost, Barilla Bay Seafoods is pleased to report that operations have resumed as normal.

“It’s no secret that this year is one Tasmania’s oyster farmers would rather forget,” Barilla Bay farmer Justin Goc said.

“I’ve been involved in aquaculture all my life and this has been the most unrelenting set of circumstances I’ve battled through. “

“But oysters will always bring an element of celebration to any occasion.  And we have enjoyed strong customer support throughout.”

Barilla Bay celebrated the industry’s resilience last month (August) with the Festival of Oysters at Victoria Dock.

In partnership with Mures Tasmania and supported by Moorilla Wines, Barilla Bay offered free tastings, daily dozen specials throughout the month and hosted a Producers Dinner.

The dinner at Mures Upper Deck restaurant features five courses of Barilla Bays’ finest oysters, accompanied by matching wines from Moorilla’s Muse and Praxis range.

Mr Goc and Moorilla Winemaker Conor Van Der Reest will share their stories of challenges and successes as Tasmanian producers.

“The oyster with blowtorched Chardonnay Brulee will be a new one for me,” Mr Goc said.

Will Mure, director of Mures Tasmania, has grown up dealing with the trials of working in the seafood industry, but has benefited just as much.

“It is very satisfying that we are able to repay the faith Tasmanians have in our industry with some immaculate oysters this month,” Mr Mure said.

Specifically designed oyster menus and specials featured throughout the month at both Mures Upper and Lower Deck restaurants.

For more information please visit www.facebook.com/murestasmania

• Caption: Mures director Will Mure, left, and Barilla Bay farmer Justin Goc sampling oysters at Victoria Dock recently.

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