The rain stopped, and the sun shone immediately as the gates opened for the first sold out Matakana Oyster & Wine Festival.
Over 1500 oyster lovers were entertained by locals Jade River Ukes and DJ Wendy Douglas alongside Josh Lees and The Rubics.
Attendees enjoyed their complementary glass of local wine or beer with two half-shelled local Mahurangi oysters.
They were spoilt for choice with the oysters being served in a range of different ways and with a plethora of accompaniments. Washed down with a glass of their favourite local drop of wine, beer or cider the day proved a success and an introductory taste of the Matakana Coast for many.