Meet the farmer on festival fundraiser cruise

capt.spongeIt’s time to mark the change of season with a Farewell Summer, Bay Cruise on Cat Balou on Saturday, March 28.

The experience includes world-class oysters opened in front of you, nibbles and beverages and those gorgeous 360 degree water views of Twofold Bay.

Dress in your brightest, loudest clothes and quaff the local produce and refreshments and see the iconic sights of the historical bay from the water.

Ticket holders need to be at the Cat Balou pontoon by 2.30 to sail at 3pm and will return in time for a Snug Cove sunset.

The oysters will be opened onboard by their grower Brett Weingarth of Captain Sponge’s Magical Oyster Tours on Pambula Lake.

Festival chair person Jillian Riethmuller said people would remember Sponge from past festivals, as he joins other farmers from Sapphire Coast Wilderness Oysters to host the Great Oyster Shuck Off.

“He is so fast with an oyster knife and he’s a great entertainer,” she said.

“Sponge also knows a lot of interesting facts about this incredible and delicious creature, and is part of a crucial industry that has undergone huge changes in the past decade.”

Cat Balou operators Ros and Gordon Butt are an integral part of the long-running whale festival, and our flagship vessel for close whale encounters during the spring migration.

“They have been watching whales for over 20 years and Ros’ commentary of their behaviour and Eden is legendary among our visitors,” CatBalouJillian said.

“Though it’s too early for whales, we still hope to see dolphins, seals and seabirds during the afternoon.”

Tickets for the summer themed cruise on Cat Balou cost $40 and are on sale at Eden Newsagency, but hurry because there are only 50 available.

Ticket price includes light snacks and non-alcoholic beverages.

Wine, beer and other alcoholic drinks will be available for purchase.

Unopened oysters by the dozen can be ordered during the cruise ($7) and will be available back at the Cat Balou pontoon.