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Shadbolt Delivers Seasons First Oysters

March 25, 2002

Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt flew to Auckland last night to deliver the first of the nation’s most sought-after Bluff oysters to Auckland businesses today to celebrate the season opening.

The Bluff Oyster Season officially opened yesterday and the charismatic Southland Mayor will personally deliver a dozen of Southland’s renown delicacies, complemented with a six pack of Monteith’s Black Beer, to media organisations in Auckland today.

The purpose of the Mayor’s trip is to offer some lucky Aucklander’s the chance to taste some of the seasons’ first oysters, and to promote the Bluff Oyster and Southland Seafood Festival on May 4.

Mayor Shadbolt says oysters from Bluff are renown nationwide as the country’s most premium Seafood treat and supermarkets often run out of stock throughout the season.

“So this year we are encouraging Kiwi’s to attend the Bluff Oyster and Southland Seafood Festival to experience for themselves mouth-watering Bluff oysters only hours old,” say Mayor Shadbolt.

To complement the oysters the Mayor will also drop off a six pack of Monteith’s Black Beer to each organisation as he is a firm believer; “there’s nothing better than a Monteith’s to wash down Bluff oysters.”

“The maltiness of Monteith’s Black Beer blends perfectly with the richness of the oysters, but without overshadowing their delicate flavour,” Mayor Shadbolt says.

Monteith’s Black Beer is distinctive, with a crisp dark maltiness of five different premium malts with biscuit, nutty, caramel, chocolate and coffee characteristics.

Monteith’s Brewing Company is the official beer of the Bluff Oyster Season Opening and the Southland Seafood Festival.

The Bluff Oyster and Southland Seafood Festival is a celebration of the fresh succulent seafood unique to Southland where visitors can sample some of the area’s best seafood, devour fresh, famous Bluff oysters and complement the delicacies with Monteith’s Black Beer and fine Central Otago wines.

Some of the delicacies on offer in past festivals have included Spanish Fried Mussels, Blue Cod, Fish Tikka, Squid Rings, Muttonbirds, Seafood Kebabs and of course fresh Bluff Oysters.

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